Senior Club of the Year- Naomh Fionnbarra
Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club was founded in 1945. In the early years the club ran Road
leagues in the 15 acres to encourage boys and girls from Cabra to join the club and entered
its first teams in league competitions a year later. The first hurling trophy won was the Millar
Shield in 1954 and the first junior championship came in 1965. There was also a strong
Camogie section in the club in the 60’s.
1983 was a golden year for hurling in the club when we won the Doyle Cup, Intermediate
league and championship. We have retained senior league status since then. We won the
intermediate championship again in 2009 and went on to win the senior B championship in
2011 and 2016. We won a senior B Camogie championship in 1998 and the intermediate
championship this year.
Over the years we have had many players representing Dublin, from Sean Moyles in the
1960’s, Anthony Costello and Derek McMullen in the 90’s through to Eamonn Dillon on the
present team. We have also been well represented on Dublin Camogie teams also with
Rachel Costello and Siobhán Kehoe to the fore. We are very proud of Siobhán being
nominated for an All-Star this season.
This year we competed in division 2 of the senior hurling league and in the senior A
championship. Although losing our 3 group matches in the championship, we beat Raheny in
the playoff to retain senior A status again next year. In the league we won 9 of our 11 games
and finished in a four way tie for top spot and were pipped by Whitehall in the playoff final. It
was a good season overall under manager Lee McKeogh and with a young panel we will
look forward again for next season. In the league playoff 11 of the starting 15 were under 21.
Our Camogie team is also a very young side and Thomas Gleeson and his management
team led them to championship glory last month with a dramatic victory over Naomh Olaf in
Abbotstown. With time running out Siobhán Kehoe split the posts with a placed ball to win
the game by the narrowest of margins and Captain Shauna McCarthy lifted the cup.