The second part of AIG’s in depth look at the amazing Foxrock Cabinteely Football Club
‘The Fire & The Facts’
Foxrock Cabinteely GAA are flying the flag for Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football. And have recently secured their place in this month’s All-Ireland club final. In this piece ‘The Facts’ of the AIG series, we see how this unique club has evolved against all odds.
Sandwiched between two huge Dublin clubs, Kilmacud Crokes and Cuala. Foxrock Cabinteely’s story is very much a David and Goliath tale. Fox Cab admitted they would have no chance of competing with either club in Men’s Football. So for them, something a little bit different had to be done.
In the early 2000’s the Cabinteely men’s club got into a bit of difficulty. But from the ashes the Ladies Football sectioned survived, boasting four or five teams. Alongside that Foxrock Girls club was in existence and they agreed to put both clubs together and see what would happen.
In their infancy they shared opposing jersey on alternate weeks, starting with 150 members, the club has grown to over 500 members, proud to be a part of this great club. And one thign that can’t be taken from them is their spirit as club Secretary Linda Carroll explained.
She talks about one particular night after been beaten in horrible weather conditions, that the celebrating of a players birthday, eating cake in the rain, was the epitome of the word team. There to support, there to help. It’s what makes Foxrock Cabinteely punch well above their weight.
Inter County Stars In The Ranks
Of course Foxrock Cabinteely has produced it’s share of All Ireland winners, and Sinead Goldrick is probably one of their best known. And Sinead has played with this group of girls for 18 or 20 years, as they’ve all grown up together. Creating a club to winning a Dublin title is the proof in the pudding.
And it’s not just about the current set of players winning championships. No, there’s a lot of youth in the club waiting for their chance to step up and be just as good as the reigning Dublin and Leinster Champions. Which makes this ladies only club something truly special.
As Foxrock Cabinteely prepare for an All Ireland Championship Final next weekend against Mourneabbey of Cork, it’s certainly worth knowing where they’ve come from, and what this journey has meant to this amazing club.
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