Erin’s Own Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1885 and since then has been the main sporting organization in the Castlecomer area. Hundreds of players and supporters have derived great enjoyment from involvement over the years. 2016 was a again a very busy year on and off the fields of play.
Erin’s Own fielded teams in 11 different grades of hurling from Under 6 right up to senior and in 7 grades of football in 2016. The introduction of football to younger age groups for boys and girls grades continued it’s success in 2016. The Girls football in particular reached a number of County Finals. The Gaelic 4 Mothers is an ongoing part of the club makeup both on and off the field of play. Since the introduction of camogie in 2015 it is gathering great pace whilst giving girls an extra option and further embracing Erin’s Owns role across the community.
The new building is complete and up and running with 2 top class dressing rooms with associated facilities and upstairs gives access to a newly equipped club gym and another gym area used for running fitness classes. 2017 is expected to be a busy year in this area.
On the playing field Erin’s Own were defeated by James Stephens in the 1st round of the Senior Hurling championship bringing the end to a mixed bag of a year. Most of our success continues at underage and our youngest teams are making huge strides. The laurels this year went to our Minor team who completed a League and Championship double in Rionn B. Huge congratulations to the Management and players.
Congratulations also to all our inter county representatives at all grades from Conor Fogarty and Conor Delaney at senior level right through to U 14 level. We had 14 players in total wearing the Kilkenny jersey last year. Many of our members are also involved in the inter county coaching groups and that continues into 2017. Best of luck also to Martin Fogarty who was appointed by the GAA as the man to develop hurling nationwide. A great honour for him and the club.
Fundraising is a necessary requirement for the upkeep of all clubs. in 2016 we introduced the Kilkenny Outdoor Festival for the first time and it proved a roaring success. We also tried our hand at Mud Running and again proved to be a great success. Late on in the year we took part in “Comer Does Dancing” and as previously this was excellent entertainment and equally importantly proved to be a good source of needed finance for our club. Congratulations to all who helped out in any way.
Erin’s Own are no different. In 2017 we will continue to raise funds to help in the management of the day to day funds. Our main fundraiser this year will be Fantasy Cheltenham and all the necessary details are available on our other website www.fantasycheltenham.ie . The lotto is a regular player every week and is proving to be very popular. The Piltown Draw is a steady earner and throughout the year some guess the score cards are introduced. Plenty of variety, ways to earn and make money and also allow so many people work with and for the future success of the Club on and off the field of play.
We have a new administration for 2017 with the appoinment of Eamon Holland as Chariman, Billy Moran Vice Chairman, John Buggy, Secretary, Margaret Dillon Treasurer and Marie Therese Comerford Vice Treasurer and Deirdre Buggy PRO. We look forward to 2017 with great hope on and off the field of play.
With a membership of over 300 adults and almost 150 youths the club is in the enviable position of having two properties, the first – The Prince Grounds- which is in the town and the second -Canon Kearns Park- which is just on the outskirts of the town, towards Kilkenny.
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Last and by no means least we than our sponsors for their ongoing support and specifically Joe Comerford with The Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin. To all sponsors ongoing thanks and to our members to please continue to support their businesses.