As proved just last Wednesday, Conlethians are famously tough on the rugby pitch, but off the field we are notoriously reluctant to engage in juvenile fisticuffs when local toughs accost us at the DART station or ambush us in the darker recesses of Herbert Park. Many a time, primary schoolers from the other side of the tracks have been able to bully even our hulking back rows from the preferred perches along the duckpond. We are just too well bred to sink to that level of carry-on! Now, draw your epee and let us settle us this like gentlemen. Or, even better, wield your mace… I am sorry, you do not have one? No wonder, as nearly every debating mace awarded these last few years in Ireland is lying in our trophy case, which now resembles a veritable medieval armoury! Phillip O’Hanrahan and Daniel Gilligan continued a proud St. Conleth’s this past weekend, winning the UCD Mace over hordes of competitors. They follow in the footsteps of legends such as Christopher Costigan, Matthe Collins, Conan Quinn, Paul O’Dwyer, Michael O’Dwyer…. A few years back, Michael even got his gloves on the venerable Cambridge Mace, after vanquishing competition from across the British Isles. With weaponry like that, we will surely win any donnybooks in Ballsbridge!