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3 September 1998 Edition

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Sportsview: Kildare topple the Kingdom

Kildare's years of frustration on the football field finally came to an end as the Lilywhites made it to their first All-Ireland final in over 60 years. While some commentators and the football purists found the game poor I found it the thrilling and exciting.

Kildare, with their star player Niall Buckley missing from the starting line-up, played a hand-passing game and gave the champions a run for their money in all departments. Kerry, on the other hand, did not play to their usual standard, with a number of their star players particularly disappointing.

Kildare's defence put in a credible performance against a Kerry attack that failed to ignite. The midfield however could be called a draw, with no clear cut domination by either of the two sides. the normally lethal Maurice Fitzgerald, last year's star forward in the championship, failed to impress, with even his free taking below par and off-target.

Kildare and Galway meet in the All-Ireland final and it makes a welcome change from the usual top sides to see two counties that been starved of success for so long making it into the big time.

On the Saturday the ongoing Clare/Offaly hurling saga was resolved in Semple Stadium, Thurles. Offaly seized the moment from the Banner and like a good wine are getting better as time goes on. The Offaly lads played the better hurling, passing and working the ball around the pitch. They put in an excellent performance, much to the torment of Clare, who showed signs of fatigue after their marathon journey to this stage of the championship. So, like last year's final, two teams from the same province meet in the decider, this time an all Leinster affair with Offaly taking on Kilkenny.

Jordan triumphs


After its 126-race career a dream came true for Eddie Jordan's motor racing team. Jordan Grand Prix became the 25th team to win a Grand prix in the FIA World Championship when they won in Belgium last Sunday at the Spa Francochamps track. Damon Hill led team mate Ralf Schumacher across the line as Jordan's team had a very satisfying one-two in a race notable for a spectacular crash on the first lap.

Celtic play to open


The less said about Celtic's recent form and performances in and out of Europe the better, so we'll turn to the musical play that is about to open in Dublin on the history of the Glasgow club.

The Celtic Story opens in Ireland on 6 September, after playing to packed houses in Glasgow. These are the only performances outside of Glasgow. The play was commissioned by the club for its centenary in 1988, and is being re-staged and up-dated, the money being put up by former Celtic Director Brian Dempsey.

Written by Dave Maclean and David Anderson the play promises to feature "the triumphs, the tragedies, the goals, the dramas, the history, the players, the fans... they are all here. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes thrilling, sometimes sad, but always Celtic. "The proceeds from the first night of the performance are being donated to the Scottish-Irish Omagh fund.

The Celtic Story opens in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre on South King Street on 8 September and plays through to 26 September. Bookings can be made on (01) 677 1717.

BY CIARAN HEAPHEY

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