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'Knock keep on moving forward

WHO are one of the fastest growing clubs in Dublin?

That's one question that won't be asked at the first annual Castleknock GAA Club's quiz on Monday, March 1.

It will take place at Kavanagh's. Half the questions will be GAA ones, with the rest being on general sport.

The first question will be asked at 9pm. But the advice is to secure your table well before then. Tables of four cost €40.

It should be a good night. More details from Finbar Brady (087 237 8529) or Seán Carolan (086 859 4306).


Occasions like this raise much needed funds for clubs, and Castleknock have made excellent progress in their short life.

Their new all-weather, floodlit training surface is going down a treat.

The club's huge juvenile population are delighted, and so are the club officials.

"We were spending something like €30,000 a year on hiring training pitches, so this is a massive saving," explains Castleknock's John Griffin.

All are looking forward to spring. That's when the Somerton lawns will be used for the first time.

The venue houses a full-size all-weather sand-based pitch like the Innisfails one in Balgriffin.

There's also another full-size pitch, plus a juvenile pitch.There's a large car park and the next target will be to construct a clubhouse.

"It's great having our own home and it means that you can attract players," states John Griffin.

Castleknock also have 200 adult members on their roll. And they have adult sides in football, hurling and ladies' football.

They also have two minor teams for the first time and already they have gained recognition in the Dublin minor football and hurling squads.

"The club is doing very well. We have kind people in the area who have been very generous to us," relates John.

One of their best friends is the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club who have been terrific sponsors.

Indeed, the club's ground is right beside the Hotel.

And like the guests that check in at the Hotel, Castleknock find that once somebody has signed up at the club, they never want to leave.