Dunedin Connolly’s in historic All-Ireland date

Jonathan Foley

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Jonathan Foley

Dunedin Connolly’s in historic All-Ireland date
Edinburgh’s Dunedin Connolly’s face Na Gaeil this Saturday in Laois in the Tesco homegrown All-Ireland Junior Club Championship final.

Edinburgh’s Dunedin Connolly’s face Na Gaeil this Saturday in Laois in the Tesco homegrown All-Ireland Junior Club Championship final.

Having already become the first Scottish club to lift the All-Britain Championship in September, Dunedin are chasing a unique double.

Originally from the St Eunan’s, Niamh Morrisson has become a major part of the team in the past two seasons. Vernoica Walls has previously represented Naomh Bríd and Donegal and this season saw Bridgeen McCarron join the club from Buncrana.

Lydia Fowley from St Mary’s in Convoy and Angie Callaghan of St Eunan’s are training with panel as they prepare to join up next season.

While the men’s side has been running since 1988, the ladies formed in 1998 and, as they were the only main club in Scotland, entered the university league.

However, a rule change last year meant they were no longer permitted to take part.

That led to them playing in Sevens tournaments and challenges in England but without competitive games, the team looked into other possibilities.

Having won the Paidi Ó’Sé Memorial competition in Kerry in February, Dunedin entered the British Championship, where they saw off a Wolf eTone’s of Liverpool 3-14 to 2-7 in the British final before upsetting the odds against Ulster champions Shane O’Neills from Antrim 7-16 to 8-8 in the All-Ireland quarter-final and St Helen’s from Longford 5-5 to 0-13 at the last four stage.

Dunedin take on Munster champions, Na Gaeil from Tralee, at Crettyard, Co Laois, on Saturday at 1:30pm.

The Dunedin men’s team lost the All-Britain Junior final last Sunday 2-15 to 1-11 to John Mitchell’s of Liverpool.

That panel possesses players such as Liam McGinley (Buncrana), Johnny McGill (Ardara) and are managed by former Naomh Columba figure, Cormac O’Gara.