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Brigid's on steady rise

GERRY McInerney, the chairman of St Brigid's, says the Kiltoom club won't rest on its laurels, writes Liam Kelly.

On the pitch they have been extremely successful, winning eight consecutive Roscommon U-21 titles from 2002-2009 inclusive.

Brigid's have won four of the last six county senior championships, while the ladies team are once again Roscommon champions, having won five of the last six county titles.

Off the pitch, the development has been extensive, particularly over the last decade, and further work is anticipated to build terracing so they can host county games.

The ground at Kiltoom has hosted Roscommon NFL games, Connacht U-21 finals and Ladies National League matches.

"We are a progressive and very ambitious club and our facilities are first class," said McInerney.

"We have two floodlit pitches and a three-quarter size training pitch.

"In total we have 17 teams, including three adult teams and the senior ladies team."

A native of Galway, McInerney is based in Athlone and the club, which is combined from the parishes of Kiltoom and Cam, has men and women from a number of counties active in helping to run St Brigid's.

A fully equipped handball alley is also part of the club, although it is situated a few miles from the main facilities.

Irish Independent