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Erin Go Bragh are writing a new tale

THEIR history stretches back deep in time. The Erin Go Bragh renaissance is like a Clonee Cyclone.

They made the pages of the Freeman's Journal in 1887. They were playing Sandymount in a junior football game.

The report read: 'It was at about two o'clock when the two teams lined out. The second half was well contested, no score being the result. Final score: Sandymount 5pts, Erin Go Bragh 2 pts.'

There's no mention where the players came from. It's a little different today. Erin Go Bragh have just won division 8 of the Dublin Adult Hurling League. They won division 9 last season.

They have players from Tipperary, Cork, Clare, Laois, Galway, Kildare, Carlow, Meath, Sligo, Mayo and Kenya.


The hurlers have been consistent over the last ten months. They have only lost one league game in two seasons. Aidan Watson is an example for all. His drive during the games spurs everybody on.

The lads are very fit. The six forwards are the first line of defence.

There is also an international theme to the adult footballers. They have personnel from Wales, Romania, Kenya and South Africa.

The club re-emerged in 1986. 250 watched the junior footballers play their first match. In 2003, the club settled in the Clonee/Littlepace/ Castaheaney/Ongar area.

The juvenile wing is thriving. So is camogie and ladies football.

The then GAA President, Sean Kelly, formally re-launched the club. Ten years later, Christy Cooney opened temporary changing facilities at the grounds of Mary Mother of Hope Primary School.

The Nursery is also flourishing, and there's a real energy and enthusiasm flowing right through the club's corridors.

They'd love new players to knock on the door.

For adult hurling, contact Karl on 087-2352074.

For adult football, contact George on 087-9709795.

For the adult camogie and ladies football teams, contact John on 087-2727077 or Kevin on 087-8220612.

Erin Go Bragh are also setting up a Gaelic4Mothers&Others.

It's a fun-filled, non competitive, social environment. Contact Ciara Farrell on 087-9147154.