AIG visit Ballyfermot for the next installment of their Dub Club Chronicles series
The Green & Gold of Kerry & a flourishing GAA scene at the heart of Ballyfermot might defy expectations. But then Ballyfermot DLS GAA has always battled against the odds. Clutched from the jaws of extinction by a few dedicated members, it’s now not only surviving, it’s thriving – due to the hard work, passion & commitment of its members, its blossoming juvenile section & a very unique clubhouse.
In 1953, Father Troy, a proud Kerry man, set this club up, in an area surrounded by other sports. And due to the Kerry connection, it was obvious the club’s colours would be green and gold. And from the Del la Salle pitches Ballyfermot DLS GAA club was born.
When Brother Eugene arrived in 1985, there was no senior club, and with only juveniles playing for the club, people gradually came around to the idea of senior teams. An outdated clubhouse held the organisation back for a long time. They used local pub Chasers as their unofficial clubhouse. A local landmark right in the heart of Ballyfermot.
Senior footballer Ryan Casserly explains that it could have went either way with the club. Constantly not knowing if they’d have enough players to line out for games. But in the true spirit of Gaelic Games, the member dug deep, emptied their own pockets, fundraised, and realised a dream would come true.
Ballyfermot become champions
In 2017, Ballyfermot won league, Cup and Championship. A tribute to the people that never turned their back on the club. A thank you to everyone that volunteered through the bad times. And from 1 team to 10 or 12, the club that nearly never was, now is.
Full time coach Paul O’Brien is working tirelessly to grow the club even more. And praises the seven local schools for buying into De la Salle as a club.
Paul gets a sense of pride now walking around Ballyfermot, seeing the kids wearing their club gear. it really is an amazing story. With 12 teams, 60 Adult members, 200 Juvenile members, and 40 children attending nursery every week, Ballyfermot DLS GAA is club that has plenty more growth ahead.
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