Regional Development Co-ordinator Eve Talbot reports on three recently held Intercultural Days in Dublin city.
Congratulations and well done to all three clubs in Dublin that held Intercultural open days in June in their club grounds. The clubs involved were Lucan Sarsfields, Good Counsel and Kevins Hurling and Camogie Club.
Lucan Sarsfields – Tuesday 7th June 2011
Lucan Sarsfields invited the local schools from the Adamstown area to participate in some coaching and games delivered by club coaches and GPO Johnny McCaffery. Children from the schools of St John the Evangelist and Adamstown Educate Together were involved in the Camogie day at the club from 12-3pm. Both schools have a high proportion of ethnic minority with up to 90% in some classes.
Lucan continue to make links with the Adamstown area having recently decided to expand into the schools there after the county board previously tried to set up a GAA club in this newly built area. Lucan Sarsfields will now be the local club for these children and the club is very welcoming to all newcomers to the game. The club continued to run weekly coaching and blitzes like this one for all their schools and on this particular day they had 50 children. However on previous days they have had up to 150 girls.
Adamstown Community School (a secondary school) has a Camogie team established there for over two years. The have previously received support from the Camogie Association and with the club working in the primary schools it is great to have a link into their secondary school
Even though Lucan Sarsfields is the largest juvenile club in Dublin they have the potential to be a club that can grow its numbers even more and expand to include the high population of ethnic minority communities living in the Lucan area.
Good Counsel GAA & Camogie Club – Saturday 11th June
Good Counsel held their Intercultural day on a sunny Saturday at their clubhouse grounds on Davitt Road in Drimnagh. The club organised the event to include family day activities such as face painting, music, tea & cakes and display games. Any child who registered had to complete a circuit of Camogie stations and then received a goodie bag. Coaching was carried out by Senior club players and Club Coach Peter Elliott. The club grounds were a hive of activity on the day with a great atmosphere among participants and visitors to the club.
In total 80 children took part in the events on the day – twenty six of which were new to the game of Camogie. The club already boasts that it has players from 7 different countries and is inviting new communities to get involved in their club. Good Counsel is situated along the Grand Canal and has a Luas stop right outside their front door and as part of the gateway to the City Centre they are ideally located to accommodate new members with easy accessibility to the club.
Actively working in the local schools Good Counsel has 7 juvenile and 3 adult Camogie teams and they will continue to run events like this to encourage more participation from new communities living in the area.
Kevins Hurling Camogie Club – Sunday 12th June
Kevins had wonderful plans for their open Intercultural day in the club grounds at Dolphins Barn which verges on the City Centre. Unfortunately, the weather played havoc but it didn’t dampen spirits as nearly 30 girls showed up to take part in planned events.
The day was brought indoors to the school hall beside the club grounds. Dublin Camogie Players Mairi Moynihan., Helen Cosgrave and Tara Corrigan attended the event to show the girls some of the skills of the game and present the girls with medals. The event was also attended by Dublin City Council Officer Dan Russell (who even took time out to referee a game)
Many senior club players and parents were involved in the day which included face painting and games by wonderful children’s entertainer Mr Plodzo, Camogie skills, and an abundance of food prepared by helpers and parents! Overall the girls who attended enjoyed their experience and no doubt will be back again.
Kevins Hurling and Camogie Club continues to work in this socially disadvantaged area of the City – at times it is difficult but the club has managed to sustain good numbers and activity and has some key people now driving the Camogie section including Senior players Sarah Cullen and Claire Graham lead by Chairperson Rosarii Kelly. Well done to all involved on the day.
For more Information on these events please contact:
Eve Talbot – Regional Camogie Development Co-Ordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org