AIG feature the Man O’War Club in it’s latest chronicle.
“No matter what day or night you go by here, the lights are on.”
In the ninth episode of the Dublin Club Chronicles AIG feature a club who’s history is as fascinating as their name suggests.
Man O’War are a club at the crossroads of 3 parishes in north county Dublin. Founded in the 1940s, the ‘War is a club that has been passed down through generations of the same families leaving fathers, sons, mothers and daughters playing and training together. To those involved in Man O’War it’s more than GAA, it’s life.
Back in the days, Man O’War was full of trees and forests. The trees were transported to other countries to make Man O’War ships. And that’s where the club name came from and was the inspiration for the club’s crest.
After years of heartache, the club won the Junior Football Championship in 1979, having been beaten in the Semi Finals of the competition seven times from 1969.
Since it’s inception in 1992, the Ladies Football section of the club has become hugely important, with sisters being a key part of the teams. At any given time there could be four or five sets of sisters training on one team. Even mothers and daughters playing together.
Catering for teams from U8 right through to U16, Minor and Senior, Man O’War brings so many cross sections of various communities together as only a rural GAA club could. And with increased housing developments over the last couple of decades, the growth of the club has been phenomenal.
This is certainly a celebration of what a Gaelic Games club means to local areas like Lusk, Balbriggan and Skerries.
(video credit: AIG via YouTube)