Clondalkin was a hub of GAA activity this weekend as Round Tower GAA Club hosted the very successful AIG Féile Division 5 Group Games. Around 160 players from 8 Under 14 Girls Football teams, including the host club, took to the playing pitches of Moyle Park Saturday morning to participate. Another 100 supporters were present to cheer on the participating teams – Round Tower, St Annes, Foxrock Cabinteely B, Craobh Chiarain, St Marks, Scoil Ui Chonaill, Trinity Gaels and Whitehall Colmcille.
A piper led a parade of the teams to the playing pitches and Round Tower Chairman Niall Connaughton welcomed all. There were mixed fortunes for the hosts on the playing pitches. They lost their opening encounter v Foxrock Cabinteely 1-5 v 3-6. “It was a very competitive game and the scoreline didn’t reflect how tight it was, with even contests all over the pitch,” Towers mentor Annette Harrington reflected. They went on to beat Craobh Chiarain 1-5 v 0-1 before being beaten by Division 4 side St Anne’s 2-8 v 1-4. St Anne’s progressed to the final to play Foxrock Cabinteely.
Towers goalscorers during the tournament were Julie O’Flannery, Emma O’Malley, who captained the side, and Ava Dowd. “All the girls were outstanding and we are very proud of how they played and represented the club,” Annette commented. “They all deserve enormous credit and were tremendous in their commitment. Erin Griffiths, our goalkeeper, was outstanding and player of the tournament. There were also very high level performances from Kaithlyn Lynch, Evelyn Roebuck and Emma O’Malley was a real leader as captain. The weather wasn’t good to us but it did not deter and the Féile was an outstanding success. Thank you to everyone involved in organising and supporting it. It was a great day out and very memorable for all the girls.”
Round Tower GAA Club thanks all who was involved in the organisation and support of the Féile.