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. 2012 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 2012. The introduction of football to younger age groups for boys and girls grades proved to very successful in 2012 and this looks to continue in 2013. The Gaelic 4 Mothers is now a solid part of the club makeup and this proved to be an excellent platform for the successful formation Erin’s Own Girls Football in 2012.
Development work during 2012 was all about planning for development to commence in 2013 as well as commencing the maintenance work for the resurfacing in The Prince Grounds and upgrading the fencing perimiter. In early 2013 we will commence on a new building to the front left as you enter the grounds. It will house 2 new dressing rooms, Machinery Shed, Equipment Shed, Public toilets and the upstairs area will contain a Gym.
On the playing field Erin’s Own went out in the Senior Hurling quarter final to the eventual winner, The Shamrocks. Most of our success continues at underage and our youngest teams are making huge strides. We will continue to put a lot of time and resources into our underage structures and in time this will reap its due reward.
Fundraising is a necessary requirement for the upkeep of all clubs. Erin’s Own are no different. In 2013 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 . This happens during the springtime ending in the middle of March. The lotto is a regular player every week and is proving to be very popular. Each June we hold a Golf Classic on the beautiful Castlecomer Golf club course followed by an excellent social night open to all. 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.
The same administration remains for 2013 with the appoinment of Billy Moran as Chariman. John Buggy Vice Chairman, Maeve Connolly, Secretary and Margaret Dillon Treasurer.
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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