Watch Part 1 of the latest Dub Club Chronicles as AIG visit Kilmacud Crokes
In the latest Dub Club Chronicles video series from AIG, episode 14 visits one of Dublin’s largest clubs. The heartbeat of the Stillorgan community. Kilmacud Crokes is steeped in history and encounters the numerous challenges that come along with success. In this Part One of two AIG look at both those elements and how they have shaped what this great club has become.
Kilmacud Crokes is no longer just a GAA club, it’s a community, as outlined by club registrar Anne O’Connor. It’s no longer encouraged but mandatory that children are not just registered on their own, but their families register too. And it’s become a sense of pride for the club as one of the largest in the county. 130 teams with 5,500 members, it really is more than just a GAA club.
Kilmacud GAA club was established in the area in 1959, and when they amalgamated with Crokes Hurling club in 1966 the story began and immediately became a success.
Former Dublin Senior hurler and GAA promotions officer Niall Corcoran delivers the Kilmacud Crokes message to local schools to give them a flavour of what Gaelic Games is about and hopefully increase their membership by recruiting some of the kids. And with that the club encourages coaching for the parent who may get more involved in their children’s club activities.
Kilmacud Crokes are challenging the ethos of the GAA club set up, and we’ll see more in Part 2.
(video credit: AIG via YouTube)