GAA club to run half marathon to help raise funds for facilities

GAA club to run half marathon to help raise funds for facilities

By Caomhóg Breathnach

MEMBERS of a local GAA club are attempting to run a half marathon in hopes to raise funds for much needed facilities at the club, reports Caomhóg Breathneach.

St Kevin’s Kilian’s GAA Club has been the fastest growing club in Dublin for the last two years in a row, which adds to the necessity and demand for more facilities.

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Aidan Kavanagh

St Kevin’s Kilian’s Coach Aidan Kavanagh is one of the members taking part in the fundraiser.

“I first joined the St. Kevin’s Kilian’s when I was about 8 years old, it had no facilities back then and we still have no facilities.

“I’m now coaching the U8 Girl’s Football and Camogie Team. Years ago, we used to get ‘togged out’ on the side lines and it didn’t make any difference to us, we didn’t really take notice of it, but I now see it from a completely different perspective.

“Our club has massively just exploded now with numbers. Most of that is down to a new academy structure and new teams that we have in place. The academy has children as young as two, we do a half an hour little training session on Saturday mornings, like a little obstacle course.

“At that age, two and three – they need a toilet as well. It’s just the same thing that is coming up in every conversation that it’s a pity we don’t have toilets.

“On New Year’s Eve myself and a senior player at the Club, Niall Traynor, reached out to all the mentors, men’s senior football and newly formed men’s hurling team and women’s football team in the Club, to see if they’d be interested in running a Half Marathon in an attempt to raise funds for our Club.”

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 17 and will be virtual due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

“We have over 65 people looking to do the run, and five teachers so far. We are hoping to have seven teachers from St Kevin’s and St Killian’s Primary schools getting involved.

“We are just trying to get our voices heard about why we are doing this.”

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