The Fontenoy Files

Clanna Gael Fontenoy, 21 Nov'13 U-12s v Boden

What a great season it has been for Clanna Gael Fontenoy, particularly at under-age level, with league or championship titles for our U-12 and U-16 boys’ teams as well as for our U-13 and U-18 girls’ teams. Not to mention the huge increase in the number of youngsters participating across a host of other under-age teams, as well as in our Saturday morning Academy.

Our U-16 boys set the standard early on by winning the ‘C’ Championship Final in Parnell Park, doing so with considerable style and passion; and they very nearly did the double by losing out in the league final after extra time.

Not to be outdone, the U-12 boys scaled dizzier heights by winning the Division 1 South Dublin league title. It’s not often that Clanns can get the better of better-resourced and bigger clubs such as Ballyboden St Endas and Kilmacud Crokes, so this was an outcome to be relished.

Clanna Gael Fontenoy, 21 Nov'13 U-13 girls team v St Brigids

The girls made sure that the boys were not having it all their own way. Our U-13 girls captured their third Division 2 Shield in a row – having won it at the same division as U-11s and U-12s; while the U-18 ladies had a comprehensive win over Cuala in their Championship final.

At the same time, our adult teams in football, hurling and camogie have continued to represent the club with pride and skill, while the U-21 footballers have been blazing a trail through the championship.

And of course it was Clanns man, Declan Darcy, who as one of the Dublin selectors helped to steer Dublin senior footballers to all-Ireland success again this year.

So plenty to celebrate at the club’s Christmas Gala on December 7th in the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge and there’s much to look forward to in the season ahead.

Clanna Gael Fontenoy is generously sponsored by Dublin Port Company.

Pictured top: U-12 Boys Division 1 League winners.
Squad: Louis Clarke, Christopher Cosgrove, Odhran Darcy, Ruairi Darcy, Jack Guinan, Colm Kirby O’Briain, Ross Hanley, Conor Hennessy, Michael Hennessy, Aaron Lynch, Jim Meaney, Karl Morgan, Niall Madill, Seamus McCann, Oisin O’Leary Deane, Senan O’Shea, Alexis Sokora, Theo Scollard, Rory Tobin, Jeffrey Woods – with mentors Maurice Hennessy, Colm O’Briain, Stephen McCann and Ross Morgan.

Pictured middle: U-13 Girls Division 2 Shield winners.
Squad: Kate Benson, Ella Walsh, Laura Ferry, Mary Vaughan, Leah McDonough, Grace Tiernan, Batsheba Tobin, Emma Lohan, Maria O’Dea, Niamh Shaw, Orla Flanagan, Anne Marie Crowe, Sally Vaughan, Ellen O’Byrne, Hannah Lohan, Clodagh Ferry, Emma O’Leary, Emily McCarthy, Maeve Bruen and Natasha Kilroy.

By Felix O’Regan