Wednesday 21 February 2018

Defeat can't dampen Clondalkin enthusiasm as new clubhouse unveiled

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald cut the tape
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald cut the tape

Dermot O’Mahony

Clondalkin celebrated the opening of their redeveloped clubhouse on Saturday last but were unable to prevent a strong Gorey team take home the spoils in their Leinster League Division 1A clash.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, a local TD, was on hand to cut the tape for Clondalkin's new changing room and pitch facilities, built with the assistance of a sports capital grant from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The inclement weather meant that the majority of the ceremony was conducted indoors but this failed to dampen the spirits of the large crowd on hand to witness the official opening of the latest club development.

Full credit goes to the sterling work carried out over the past few years of the Club Development Committee, chaired by Kieran Phelan and ably assisted by Frank Lynam, Aiden Delemere and Eamon Stapleton.

The development work was carried out over the summer months, and included the enlargement of Clondalkin's clubhouse facilities with new changing-rooms and a gym, the installation of new floodlights which will enable matches to be played under lights for the first time and the resurfacing and draining of the playing pitches.


Once the official business was out of the way, the attention turned to matters on the field of play where Clon needed a win to get their league campaign back on track.

Gorey, challenging at the top end of the table, held out for a 21-14 win but Clon did claim a losing bonus point.

The try scorer on a historic day for Clon was captain Brian Doyle while Chris Jebb scored the rest of the home side's points from the boot.

Clondalkin 1st XV - C Maloney, J Kenny, B Doyle (Capt), S Brennan, J Davis, D Glennon, N Findlay, S King, E Delaney, C Quinn, N Nolan, B Mulloy, M Stapleton, A Collier, C Jebb.

Irish Independent

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