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Monday 20 August 2018

Tower's building from foundations

Historic Lusk club on the quest for further progress

As a major part of the community in Lusk for over 100 years, Round Tower's GAA club are constantly striving forward in their quest for excellence.

Shane Treanor, Tyrone native and games promotion officer with the club, took time out from his busy schedule to talk to the Herald about the current position they are in and had one very clear message: "We need more people to come forward and volunteer for coaching.

"The majority of the coaches at the younger ages are student coaches and obviously they won't be able to take their teams forward after a certain point, so the more parents who come on board the better.

"We run coaching workshops and child development programmes so anyone who wants to get involved will receive the right training.

"At the minute, we have almost 90 children and they come from the three local schools in the village. I do a lot of coaching in those schools and to be fair a lot of credit must go to the teachers.

"I think a good working relationship between the schools and the club is vital for both parties as the development of players will only benefit both."

Treanor has been with the north Co Dublin side for almost five years, and in that time there have been major improvements in the underage structure of the club. When I came in 2007, the club had four juvenile teams," he said.

"Now we have 14, so it is obvious we are moving forward. A presence in the schools always helps and things are progressing in both codes. Our ladies' section is also coming along well and we are keen to develop that further."

Treanor was also keen to point out a slight twist in terms of the teams that the club have put out at U13 to U16 level.

"Because of previous drop offs in numbers, we have previously joined together with Man O' War," he explained.

"We called that club Cu Chulainn and it was a good exercise for both clubs. But this year, our current U13 team have gone alone. That means, as more teams come through, we can carry on with our own teams."

Facilities-wise, the club is in fine fettle, with their main playing field supplemented by an Astroturf facility, while they are also in the early stages of making plans for a second adult-sized pitch.

Going forward, Treanor remains confident the club can continue to progress. "We would hope to eventually have two teams competing at every level.

"As you can see, we are growing all the time and it is vital to get continued support from volunteers and hopefully we can develop our facilities further as well," he concluded.

Round Towers, Lusk, will be playing a major part in the upcoming St Patrick's Day Parade.

They will also host a function to launch their new website on April 21, with Sam in attendance, and their annual Easter Camp will run from April 3-5.

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