Fontenoy Files


Despite adverse weather conditions during the month of March, Clanna Gael underage hurling and football have recorded a number of stunning victories, in recent weeks, for both boys and girls.

The high level performances at different age levels is further evidence of Clanns’ innovative and family oriented youth structures.

In hurling, the Under 13 boys team kept the high profile hurling club, Ballyboden St Endas, scoreless on the Saturday of St Patrick’s weekend in Sean Moore Park: 8.1 to 0.0. The home team got into their stride from the throw in and quickly took control of the game. Clann excelled in every position, particularly in defence. There was particular effective performances from the Morgan brothers, Karl and Cian, especially considering both normally play at a younger age level.

In the Girls Under 14 football game, Clann played some determined passing football and earned a deserved victory against St Tooles: 2-10 to 3-5. Amy Carroll, Niamh Shaw, Emer Vaughan and Laoise O Connor produced outstanding performances, while Amy O Hora and Claire Byrne saved the day several times in defence. The victories of Under 13s and 14s have been repeated on all age categories: the talented Under 16s boys running riot against Naomh Olaf: 7-16 to 0-3 over the same St Patrick’s weekend.

With Club Coach, Jonney Sadleir, outreaching to primary schools in the locality, along with youth camps, such as the recent Clanna Gael Easter Camp, the club seeks to continue to attract boys and girls at all levels to participate in the club. Clanns continued investment in youth structure along with the support of families at all ages has been instrumental in its ongoing success.

by Ruadhan MacAodhain