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Sunday 23 April 2017

Sam the spur to Tyrrelstown

All-Ireland win inspiring new kids on block

Founded in February 2009, Tyrrelstown GAA club are one of the newest members of the Gaelic games family in the capital.

In the three years since, the Dublin 15 side have made huge strides forward in their development. Games promotion officer Claire Dowdall recently took the time to talk to the Herald about how things have been progressing.

"We really have seen a huge response since 2009," she explained. "Currently, we have over 50 children in the weekly nursery. We have four juvenile teams fielding every week in the football and in the hurling we have an under-8 and under-9 team.



Community

"We are starting from the bottom up and that reflects the community because there are a lot of young families in the area. We feel that we are already the heart of the community as we are one of the few sports clubs in Tyrrelstown.

"The development of the community hall has also helped us while Dublin winning the All-Ireland gave us a major boost.

"Sogeti, our first ever sponsor, is now also on board and they presented us with jerseys recently." Claire spends her week training children in the three local schools, which gives the club a profile in the area.

The club's adult footballers made it to the junior final last year.

There are of course problems, however, not least the need for more playing areas for the teams: "At the minute, we are having a struggle with regard to facilities.



Future

"There is going to be a park opened in the future with a GAA pitch in it, but it could take anything up to four years for that to be ready.

"We are in limbo, I suppose, in terms of where we can go presently.

"But in a way it shows how far we have come. The numbers are high so we need to come up with ways to cater for everyone."

Claire added: "We just want to keep moving the way we are going," she said.

"The big message I would like to get out is the need for more volunteers in every capacity, from coaches to committee members.

"Without that no club can go survive.

"We are very lucky with people like Charlie Cleary, George Smith and Greg Lee and countless others who work around the clock.

"It's been a hard road for them but what they have achieved so far can't be underestimated."

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