Rooney legacy marked by Man O’war GFC
‘AS long as there is a team at the Man O’war, there will always be a pitch’, was the promise made by Nicky Rooney upon the founding of the club many decades ago.
The original pitch on the Rooney land was adjacent to Man O’ War GFC’S current location.
Along with the many great men, women and families who got behind the club, the granting of the first pitch was a hugely significant part of the club’s evolution.
In the early years of the new milennium, Nicky Rooney’s nephew, Pat Rooney assisted the club when they were purchasing additional land for a second pitch.
Recently, on the historic occasion of the Senior Men’s team being promoted to Division 3 football – the highest level a Men’s team has ever played – the club presented the Rooney family with a beautiful Genesis gift ‘In recognition of the contribution of the Rooney Family to Man O’war GFC’,
The presentation was accepted on behalf of the family, by Pat Rooney.
The club has developed so much from its humble origins and a loaned pitch. Today, Man O’war GFC club has two pitches, one under floodlights, as well as a modern clubhouse.
During 2018 ,it fielded two Senior Men and two Senior Women’s teams, with the Ladies playing Division 2 football. This year, the north Fingal club also fielded teams at Minor Ladies, U16s, U14s, U12s, U11s, U10s, U9s and U8s for girls and for boys and a vibrant Nursery Section. The Rooney legacy has allowed the rural club to flourish and the presentation was a fitting way of marking how one local family has given an eternal gift to their community.
Photo from L to R - David Hagan, Bernice Jones Moore, Pat Rooney, Tony Murphy and Miriam Moore.