Clanna Gael Flies the Flag

Clanna Gael Parade 1

Among the many highlights of recent activity was the club’s proud hosting of Féile na nGael. Club employees, officials, parents and supporters rallied together to facilitate a wonderful U-14 hurling tournament, doing so with great efficiency and even greater hospitality – as acknowledged by the hundreds of guests who were provided with free food and refreshments and plenty of glorious sunshine for good measure! And to match that, the Clanns U-14s produced some thrilling displays in notching up three straight wins before eventually losing out narrowly in the semi final – and that after extra time.

The Club’s annual Beach Run has become an established feature of the area’s sporting and community calendar. The inclement weather wasn’t enough to deter some 350 runners of all ages from partaking in this year’s event, which is organised to raise funds for the club’s activities – with welcome support from KBC Bank and Fyffes. Clanns’ own Collie Reynolds came in fourth in the 5km run in a time of 20.40, which was not far off the winning time of 19.27.
Clanna Gael Beach Run - finishing line

Finally, many of our under-age girls have also been proudly ‘flying the flag’ – for club and county. The U-8s have embarked on their first competitive games and their combination of skill and determination has served them very well. Meanwhile, in addition to playing for the club, Niamh Shaw and Maria O’Dea have been busy helping the Dublin U-14 ladies football team win the Leinster title; while Orla Flanagan has also featured with the Dubs in the National U-14 Blitz.
Clanna Gael Fontenoy is generously sponsored by Dublin Port Company.

Left: Assisted by Donal Byrne (left) and Shane Gallagher (right), Shay Connolly proudly carries the tricolour in the piper-led parade of competing teams that preceded the tournament.
Below: Crossing the finishing line together in the 1km junior run.

By Felix O’Regan