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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Knock Knock Knocking on Heaven's Door

SOMERTON is one of the most scenic settings in Dublin. And now the Castleknock faithful will be able to rest their heads beside the Strawberry Beds.

The Castleknock club are building their own clubhouse at the venue.

It will include dressing-rooms, a Sports Hall, gym, meeting room, kitchen and a shop.

It is hoped that construction will begin in August. The club are embarking on its final phase of fund-raising to turn the plans into concrete.

Last year, the club received 200,000 Euro from the Capital Sports Grants Programme.

"We welcome the commitment of our members to this project," states Castleknock chairman, Niall Tutty.

"We field 60 teams every week and we are catering for 1,800 members, so it's important that we provide appropriate facilities for them."

Castleknock have enjoyed a remarkable rise. They were only formed in 1998.

Their very first game involved the U10's. They lost.

A few weeks later, that same team won at Islandbridge. The club notes read:

'Bonfires blazed in Castleknock hearts.'

Home was a council pitch. But in 2006, they secured Somerton as their HQ.

That was a memorable occasion. The turning of the sod was done by Bertie Ahern, the late, great Brian Lenihan and the then GAA President, Nickey Brennan.

They have three pitches there, an all-weather surface, plus a Hurling Wall.

Progress has also been swift on the pitch. They have one of the best role models in the country in Ciaran Kilkenny. If anyone wears his gifts lightly, it's Ciaran.

Castleknock now perform at senior league and championship level in football. The great Western Dublin Senior Football Championship derby against Lucan Sarsfields will be all-ticket.

The footballers tasted Leinster Championship glory. The hurlers reached senior grade for the first time this season, with the former Dublin hurling manager, Humphrey Kelleher, guiding them to the Promised Land.

But it's the sense of community, the welcome for all, that will make the Castleknock clubhouse a happy home.

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