Founded and established in 1982, Ballinteer St. John’s GAA Club has become the backbone of the South Dublin suburb. The community of Ballinteer have embraced this club and it is a huge focal point of activity.
Co-Founder Michael Wren explains the evolution from Ballinteer Gaels, to St. John’s Ballinteer, to Ballinteer St. John’s. A simple name switch move the club up to near the top of the listings in GAA publications.
There’s also intersting stories behind the clubs eventual choice of their very striking tangerine and black colours.
Camogie Mentor Betty McCarthy plots the rise of their first team, who stuck it out and became Senior County Champions last year. Club Chairman Ken Aherne talks about the goals and the future of Ballinteer, focusing on the further development of their mens teams to reach a new level.
Irish Olympian David Gillick explains what the club means to him and the support he’s received from it’s member in his own personal quest as an athlete.
“It’s like a community centre here at the club. You can walk in anytime and meet a friend… you’ll always meet someone to talk to.” (Betty McCarthy, Ballinteer Camogie)
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