AIG head north side to Ballymun Kickhams for their latest video installment
Ballymun Kickhams GAA club is a lot of things to a lot of people
A club with a strong sense of family pride built over generations. A place to clear your head and reconnect. A club where many All-Ireland winning Dub Stars have honed their craft. A warm and welcoming club that’s building a stronger community through sport.
Formed in 1969 when CJ Kickhams merged with Ballymun Gaels, Kickhams has becoming one of the most widely respected clubs in the county and beyond. By 1978 the club had reached Senior status after beating Fingal Ravens in the Intermediate League Final, and the rest was history.
As Dublin legend Barney Rock says they’ve had a good “clatter” of fellas who’ve played for Dublin over the years, himself included. But when you think of the strength this club has now in the ranks of the Dublin Senior Football panel, it’s a phenomenal achievement.
Philly McMahon, James McCarthy, Dean Rock, John Small, Evan Comerford, Paddy Small, all current members of the panel. But you only have to look at names like Paddy Christie, Barney Rock, Dermot Deasy, John McCarthy, Gerry Hargan, Anto and Gerry McCaul and John Kearns to see where the current player would have got their influence from.
The club has won the Dublin Senior Championship in 1982, 1985 and more recently 2012, the win that saw them go all the way to the All Ireland Club Championship Final in 2013, only to be beaten by St. Brigids Of Roscommon. And between 1983 and 2009, Kickhams have won the Division1 League title five times.
Vice Chairman Cathal Roche explains how cathartic it is to be part of Kickhams, being part of a big extended family. And he also gives his insight into why he believes why exercise and team sport is such an effective way of battling anxiety and depression.
With 23 teams, over 650 active members and nurseries that cater for over 130 kids every week, Ballymun Kickhams hope to create more budding Dublin Stars to follow in the footsteps of their current crop.
(video credit: AIG GAA via YouTube)