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Dublin 15 club show their dedication to training future stars

Braghvo!Erin Go Bragh GAA is a club that one could say is reflective of the 'new Ireland'. The club's mission statement on their website reflects what they are all about.

Erin Go Bragh GAA is a club that one could say is reflective of the 'new Ireland'. The club's mission statement on their website reflects what they are all about.

"The aim of Erin Go Bragh GAA club is to promote the Gaelic ethos within the community of Castaheany, Littlepace and Hunters Run through the provision of quality sports and related cultural activities for all, irrespective of gender, ethnic background and religious beliefs."

Situated in what is a relatively young area of Dublin, the club certainly has a bright future with scope for continued development.

As with all successful GAA institutions, the foundations for future rewards are laid with the promotion of the games at juvenile level. In this regard, Erin Go Bragh are certainly doing well.


"At the moment, we have about 50 children in the nursery up to the age of six," explained juvenile chairman John McLeod.

"At that age, it's all about fun and the skills are probably a secondary thing. We try and incorporate fun games and ensure the children will enjoy it and keep coming down."

The club also have a strong presence in the local primary schools, which ensures that they are promoting Gaelic games to all the children in the area as well as encouraging more to take up the sport.

"We have a GPO (Games Promotion Officer), David Needham, and Karl Scanlon as well, and they do great work in the schools," said John. "Mary Mother of Hope, St Benedict's and Scoil Grainne as well as Pobalscoil Setanta would be the main schools in our catchment.

"We are in a relatively new area so there are families who wouldn't have had exposure to GAA before and they are really embracing it. It is constantly growing because the schools probably haven't reached full capacity yet, so I would hope we can only get bigger and better.

"The teachers are great for us in terms of promoting the games and there is a strong GAA background in the schools.

"Declan Lally, who is on the Dublin senior football squad, is in Mary Mother of Hope and he is a huge help."

Like all clubs, however, there are difficulties to be faced and obstacles to overturn, including competition for players from other sports such as soccer and rugby. But John believes they are coping well: "The All-Ireland win last year really gave us a boost.

"Dublin County Board had tours of the team and Sam in the schools. A lot of the pupils wouldn't have much knowledge on the traditions of the GAA but they are getting there.

"We run a few tours to Croke Park every year as well which they really enjoy and it gives them a feel for what's going on."

The club has a clubhouse as well as two juvenile pitches and one adult pitch but they are constantly on the lookout for further developments in that regard.


Their annual street leagues take place on the first weekend of May, have proved a big hit over the past number of years and are open to everyone, members and non-members.

Going forward, John is very positive about what the future holds in store.

"We would be hoping for some minor success in the next few years," he mused. "To do that we will need to sustain our juvenile section and maybe then it will feed to adult level while hopefully we will find a more permanent home for ourselves."