Rooney legacy marked by Man O’war GFC

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

‘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.

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