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Last Day Out for Mini Sevens Stars   14/09/2015

The curtain comes down on the Cumann na mBunscol INTO /Respect Exhibition Games on Sunday when, for the last time this season, forty boys and girls share the Field of Dreams with their heroes. Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton played in the Mini Sevens in 2005 on the day of the 2005 All Ireland Football final between Kerry and Tyrone. Brian lined out in the number 4 jersey on the Tyrone side. However, a source close to the Kerry camp reveals that Brian's father hails from the Spa, outside Killarney so the Fenton household may have divided loyalties on Sunday. Kerry's peerless freetaker Bryan Sheehan lined out in the Mini Sevens in 1997, as his school Cahirciveen CBS had won the Kerry title earlier that year. Watch out for Kerry's Rachel Dwyer from St Finian's NS on Sunday. Rachel's Dad, Denis, won All Ireland honours with Kerry in 1997 and 2000. Her uncle is Maurice Fitzgerald, whose display in the 1997 All Ireland final  will live forever in the memory. 
Great credit is due to Gearóid O Maoilmhichil and Tony Watene from Croke Park who  work behind the scenes to make each Sunday a huge success. A group of Dublin teachers act as team managers each Sunday while another group of teachers look after erecting and dismantling portable goalposts. Mairead O Callaghan, Rúnai an Coiste Náisiúnta, coordinates everything with quiet efficiency. No easy task as, over six Sundays, a total of 240 children from all 32 counties, and beyond, take part.