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Rosemount Mulvey v St.Mary’s Players and Coaches form both Rosemount Mulvey and St.Mary’s pose for a picture after Saturday’s matches. Pics by E.Scannell 08/06/19

THE warm winds from Copenhagen swept in over the LUAS Bridge into the pretty Rosemount estate in Dundrum.

Robbie Gaffney hailed from these parts. And there was many a weekend morning that Liam Hennessy blew the whistle on its turf.

Rosemount Mulvey v St.Mary’s Richie Baker (Director of Football) gives advice to some of the young Rosemount Mulvey players at half time. Pics by E.Scannell 08/06/19

Liam had the hardest shot in football. He was a carpenter. On Saturday mornings, he’d start his work at 6.am so he was free to referee in the DDSL.

Both Robbie and Liam played for Shamrock Rovers. Robbie under Johnny Giles. And Liam with one of the greatest of them all, Paddy Coad.

Rosemount is a charming venue. The clubhouse tucked into the corner. And there was much optimism in the air. Rosemount Mulvey have just completed a treble in the Leinster Senior League.

The sun came out just as the Under-8’s of the home club and St Mary’s of Sandyford came out to play. And they had a ball.

Two adjoining five-a-side matches going at the same time. The kids taking their first steps in football. The most important steps.

Rosemount Mulvey v St.Mary’s Charlie Valentine of Rosemount Mulvey looks to get past the challenge from St.Mary’s Brian Hayden. Pics by E.Scannell 08/06/19

Applauding their every move was Richie Baker, the Director of Football at Rosemount Mulvey.

If the children grow up to become the footballer that Richie became, they’ll be doing very well indeed.

He played at Marks Celtic. Signed for Stella. And then for Shelbourne. Happy days on the banks of the Tolka. And the great Ollie Byrne.

Also wearing the Irish jersey at youth and Under-21 level.

“I was lucky,” says Richie. “I think I was playing in the League of Ireland at the right time. When the League was at its best. And I was fortunate to have success. Four League titles with Shelbourne and one with Drogheda.

“It was wonderful to play in European football every year. As a young player, they are the nights you aspire to.

“It was a lovely time in my life. I will always hold onto the memories. And it was special to play alongside my brother, Dessie, when he came back from Manchester United.”

Richie also had an enjoyable spell in Boston playing in the MSL. And he’s relishing his role at Rosemount.

“Things are going well. There’s an excellent committee in place and we are moving in the right direction. Everybody is working hard and we are making good progress.”

There’s over 100 children in the Academy. And Rosemount Park is a busy place. A happy place.

Richie was quick to compliment the efforts of the Under-8’s.

“It’s tremendous to see our kids and our visitors from St Mary’s enjoying it. That’s what it’s all about. Learning the game, making friends and having fun.”

The boys and girls were certainly doing that. There were goals galore, saves from the Darren Randolph copybook and blocks and tackles that Shane Duffy would have been proud of.    

And with Richie Baker in the building, there will always be a warm glow around Windy Arbour.

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