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. 2015 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 2015. The introduction of football to younger age groups for boys and girls grades continued it’s success in 2015. 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. A new camogie section was also added to the club in 2015 giving girls an extra option and further embracing Erin’s Owns role across the community.
Ongoing development to our new building to rear of the existing dressing rooms continued that will house 2 new dressing rooms, Machinery Shed, Equipment Shed, Public toilets and the upstairs area will contain a Gym. This will be up and running in 2016.
On the playing field Erin’s Own defeated St Martins in the 1st round of the Senior Hurling championship but went out to eventual champions, Clara, following a tight quarter final encounter. Most of our success continues at underage and our youngest teams are making huge strides. We continue to put a lot of time and resources into our underage structures and in time this will reap its due reward. Our U14’s went one step further than last year and won the Roinn A league and Country Cup but fell short in the Championship final. U15’s won the Cian Durkin memorial which is a prestigous national competition for teams from around the country.
Fundraising is a necessary requirement for the upkeep of all clubs. Erin’s Own are no different. In 2016 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. We will be bringing a couple of new items to the fundraising area and look forward to your support in these events as the year progresses. 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 had a new administration for 2015 with the appoinment of Martin Owens as Chariman, Marie Therese Comerford Vice Chairman, Martin Carroll, Secretary and Lindsay Byrne Treasurer and look forward to 2016 with great hope.
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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