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|CLG Rath Éanna|
|Nickname:||The Parish / Springfield|
|Club colours:||Maroon and White|
|Grounds:||St. Anne's Park|
Raheny GAA hosts Camogie, Football, Hurling and Ladies Football codes. The club has an active darts team, Scor and golf society...
From 2012, they do Peile Abu ( tag football/hurling) on Sundays in St.Annes and also G4M (Gaelic For Mothers) on a Sunday and Tuesday.
The Ogra (Nursery) which has seen many great players pass through it on a Saturday morning from 10-12, new players always welcome, just drop down Saturdays 10:00 and ask any Coach for information.
The club has a large clubhouse located next to the Garda Station in Raheny Village. The clubhouse was built in 1981 and has been extensively modernised and extended during 2002-2010 is now equipped with a bar, hall, dressing rooms (male & female)and a grand hall for the 21st sessions.We also have a fully equipped gym, a games room, Balcony for BBQs, a new Office Committee Room and enclosed astroturf pitch which in 2012 won the award for the most compact astro in dublin, with a hurling wall that's actually in the goal.
Raheny GAA's teams play home matches in St Anne's Park
David Hickey and Ciaran Whelan have Football 'All Star' Awards
Raheny were the 2007 Dublin Intermediate Hurling Championship after they defeated Ballyboden St Endas by 0-16 to 0-12 at O'Toole Park. Raheny last won the intermediate championship in 1970. Raheny won promotion to Dublin AFL Division 1 from Dublin AFL Division 2 in 2007 for the 2008 season. Raheny have won many more things then is said above but are not mentioned because we are in the process of getting all the records.
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Fifty years ago this area was an embryonic, unsettled suburb of strangers struggling in many cases to survive in a bleak era of grim depression and high unemployment. Like so often happens the times called forth the man of destiny who was to lay some of the lasting foundations on which the vibrant Raheny we came to know in succeeding decades was built. From a little village in East Limerick the Lord sent us Richard (Dick) Ryan, C.C.' in the autumn of 1955 and he was the man that not alone was to become father of Cumann Baire agus Pile Rath Eanna but the mentor who would develop the confidence of boys who were to become the men with the pride in the little village that they, on and off the field, would transform into a Great Community. Fr Ryan arrived in Raheny as curate on loan from Cashel Diocese in late October 1955. Raheny-Killester had become a new parish, separated from Coolock-Artane. Hundreds of new families arrived in St Annes Estate and in the St Assams Avenue and Road area. A magnificent new school catering for infants, boys and girls was already flourishing.
The first Gaelic match was a 7-a-side challenge between St Assams church altar-boys and a Capuchin altar boys team trained by a young Cork priest named Fr.Noel. Both sides had excellent players and it was evident that the potential was in Raheny for a good under 13 team. Ted Cooling then Co. Board Secretary and living in the parish kindly gave us the use of Clanna Gael grounds. When news got around that they were contemplating starting a new team, several overtures were made from well-established clubs to throw in our lot with them, with the promise of free boots, jerseys and equipment. Fr. Ryan decided to wait and see. In February 1956 Fr Ryan mentioned to the 'DOC i.e. Fr Fitzpatrick P.P that he was thinking of writing to Padraic O'Keefe Gen.Sec of G.A.A about starting a G.A.A team in Raheny and inquiring if he could support us in any way. The 'Doc' was delighted and added that Fr Ryan remind him about his promise to grant the proceeds of a challenge game between Dublin and Kerry in Croke Park to the new church building fund. Padraic O'Keefe granted the challenge match from which the parish netted around £2,000, a fortune in those days. A fortnight later Sean O'Siochain Ass. Sec of the G.A.A arrived with fifty laminated hurleys, a football and four sliothars.
In Sept 1956 Scoil Assam entered into the Dublin Schools leagues in both football and hurling. As the boys were looking for games at the weekend, affiliation to the G.A.A evolved and Fr.Ryan and Jim Donegan entered teams into the Dublin North East Juvenile leagues. The club colours of maroon were chosen for the simple reason that Galway had won the All-Ireland on the 4th Sunday of Sept 1956. In 1956 Dublin Corporation allocated the a pitch on the old cricket-field used by the Plunkett family, the last private owners of St Annes Estate. Fr Ryan left Raheny in January 1960 to return to the Cashel Diocese.
The new club was established in 1958 and beginning to blossom and people like Jim Donegan, Fr. Foley, Roger Kavanagh, Tom Morrissey, Jim Hackett, Aidan O'Sullivan and Ray Kavanagh stepped in.
The club was very successful after this, winning Junior & Intermediate Leagues/ Championships during the 60's. They went on to win the Division 1 Senior League in 1970 and were narrowly beaten by our neighbours St Vincents in the County Senior Football Final in 1970. The club contributed significantly to the "Dubs of the 70's" who won three All-Irelands. David Hickey, Michael Hickey, Paddy Gogarty and of course Alan did Raheny proud during this era. Alan Larkin went on to manage the Dublin Minor Football team to All-Ireland Football title's in early 80's. David Hickey won an All-Star during this period.
During the 1970/80's people like Tommy Hogan, Dermot Smyth, Paddy Gogarty, Paddy McGinley, Eamonn Cheevers RIP, Brendan Lee RIP, Paddy Kennedy, Alan Larkin, John McGreevy etc.. kept the club going and plans were made to acquire land for a permanent home. The new clubhouse, hall & dressing rooms were built by 1981 and the era of meeting in the Raheny Inn and changing pitchside in St Anne's ended.
Raheny GAA are fielding over 50 teams in 2010 across Camogie, Gaelic Football, Hurling & Ladies Football. We have an active DARTS team competing in Dublin Leagues.
The club continues to play our home games from St Annes Park (Pitches 1,9,10,12,12a,29). Our new skills wall and astroturf pitch with floodlighting was opened in September 2007. The club has a full-time Games Promotion Officer (GPO) Dotsy O'Callaghan who coaches Gaelic Games in the local schools, runs the club OGRA Nursery and assists in Foundation Level Training for new mentors.
An extension to the clubhouse was completed in 2010 to include Gymnasium, Games Room, new club office, Kit Storage Rooms, Terrace, with new Sound and TV systems installed.
CAMOGIE Siobhan Curran Ciara Burgess Aoife Kelly
- Mick McShane
- Alan Larkin
- David Hickey
- Paddy Gogarty
- Mick Hickey
- Ray McDunphy
- Niall Guiden
- Ciaran Whelan
- David Henry
- Eoin Keogh
- Greg Bennett
- Ciara Burgess
- Siobhan Woods
- Siobhan Killeen
Senior Football: Division 1 League 1970 Division 1 C'Ship R/Up 1970 Intermediate C'Ship 1997
Juvenile Football Dublin Feile: Division 1 Winners 2007, All Ireland Feile:Division 1 Runners up 2007 U15 Division 1 League 2008 U16 Division 1 C'Ship 2009
Hurling U16 'C' Championship Winners 2008 Dublin Hurling Feile: Division 2 winners 2011
All Ireland Hurling Feile: Group stages (still in it)
Senior hurling: Intermediate champions 2007
Junior football: AFL 10 winners
Junior hurling: Junior 'D' Hurling Championship Winners 2012