Kil­bride look for­ward

GAA Club launches vi­tal five-year strate­gic plan

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH At Kil­bride GAA Club

THE KIL­BRIDE GAA club, based in the vil­lage of Manor-Kil­bride have joined a num­ber of clubs na­tion­wide to have adopted a five-year de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

Club Chair­man, John Ward, ad­dressed a full house in the newly re­vamped vil­lage hall on Satur­day night and out­lined the de­tails of the plan and the rea­sons why his club were launch­ing it at this point in time.

There to lend his full sup­port to the project was Martin Cole­man, Chair­man of the County Board. Also present were county de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Wil­lie Byrne, and two men trained in un­der­age man­age­ment, Hugh Kenny and Paul Gar­ri­gan.

Also on stage were the three Clarke broth­ers, Tommy, Jimmy and Peter, men who had back­boned the lit­tle club in their golden years of the 1960s.

Club sec­re­tary, Liam Crieghton, was mas­ter of cer­e­monies while rous­ing speeches by Peter and Tommy Clarke got the gath­er­ing into the right frame of mind

Kil­bride Vol­un­teers trav­elled, most likely by horse and cart or on foot to the Glen of Imaal in 1889 and beat the lo­cal St Lau­rence O'Toole's in the open­ing round of the SFC by 2-03 to 0-00. Two weeks later they were beaten by the great Bal­ly­knockan 98s.

Move on 73 years to that day in 1962 when an­other Kil­bride team beat Laragh in a re­play of the SFC in Aughrim to win the Wick­low SFC Cup for the first time.

And to­day the lit­tle ham­let that lies be­tween the Dublin bor­der and Bless­ing­ton is still go­ing strong.

The present Kil­bride Club re­grouped in 1954 and were hit­ting the high­lights al­most from the start. They won a first JFC in 1958 and added two cham­pi­onships in Se­nior ranks in the 1960s.

As Chair­man John Ward re­minded us in his open­ing speech the GAA club is at the heart of the com­mu­nity in Manor Kil­bride, and has been so all down the years.

very fam­ily is in­volved in one way or an­other, through the games and cul­tural events.

The club is de­ter­mined he said to con­tinue this in­volve­ment for gen­er­a­tions to come.

The Chair­man con­tin­ued - “Our five year plan cov­ers all as­pects of club ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We have con­sulted with our mem­ber­ship to carry out strate­gic re­view of our club struc­tures.

“This plan is the fu­ture of our club go­ing for­ward. It will be as­sessed and eval­u­ated in the years to come.

“My vi­sion for the club is to grow and de­velop, max­imise par­tic­i­pa­tion in all club ac­tiv­i­ties and to cre­ate an en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment for all.

The ladies com­mit­tee pro­vided tea and re­fresh­ments for ev­ery­one,

The Kil­bride team that won the Ju­nior cham­pi­onship in 1958.

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