Rebecca honoured as Gaels' first Dub
They may have only been founded in 2005, but Westmanstown Gaels can now boast a Dublin player among their ranks. This comes with the announcement that Rebecca McDonnell will be part of the Dublin under-16 squad for 2012.
One of the club's original members when it all started back in 2005, Rebecca (pictured) has taken to the Gaelic football with massive enthusiasm and her hard work and dedication has now paid off as she looks forward to testing herself against the best footballers in the country.
"I suppose for other clubs this might not be a big deal but for us this is huge," said a delighted Westmanstown PRO Stephen Byrne. "We are one of the youngest members of the GAA family so we are delighted.
"Rebecca is the first person to make it on to a county squad.
"But this hasn't happened by accident. A lot of work gone in and everyone is delighted for both Rebecca and the club."
Her achievement is no surprise to anyone associated with Gaels, who serve the communities of Castleknock, Clonee, Clonsilla and Lucan. Rebecca has been a central part of one the club's most successful teams having won the under-14 Féile division last May while also making the championship final in November.
She will still be eligible to play in the u16 ranks in 2013.
"It has given the club a real moral lift heading into the new year," Byrne explained. "Our new GPO Declan Jennings has also recently come to the club, taking over from Michael Ahern, who has emigrated.
"Declan has brought a massive amount of enthusiasm and energy to the club.
"He has played county football with Mayo at all levels so he has also brought his ideas and knowledge with him. So obviously everyone is looking forward to the new season."
Westmanstown also extended their appreciation to the Garda GAA club for the use of their facilities and for their continued assistance in the development of their club.