Naomh Ólaf CLG

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Naomh Ólaf
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Founded: 1981
County: Dublin
Nickname: Olafs
Colours: Claret and Blue
Grounds: Páirc Uí Bhriain
Coordinates: 53°16′51.21″N 6°13′23.71″W / 53.2808917°N 6.2232528°W / 53.2808917; -6.2232528Coordinates: 53°16′51.21″N 6°13′23.71″W / 53.2808917°N 6.2232528°W / 53.2808917; -6.2232528
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Naomh Ólaf is a Gaelic Athletic Association club which was founded in 1981 to provide facilities for encouraging the sporting abilities of the people of the developing parish of Balally in South County Dublin, Ireland. A club house was built and players were recruited from around the area, most of them coming from the local schools of St Olaf's, Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille, St Benildus College, and St Tiernan's. In recent years more and more players are coming from the Leopardstown and Stepaside areas.

Location[edit]

The club is located on the Sandyford Industrial Estate in Dublin and recruits players from all around the Sandyford and Balally area, including Wedgewood and The Gallops all the way up to Stepaside. In 1999 Dundrum-Churchtown joined forces with Naomh Olaf to serves both Dundrum and Churchtown areas. The club now has 9 schools in their area stretching from Churchtown right up to Stepaside.

Recent achievements[edit]

Football: The Club won promotion back to Division 2 in 2016, winning the promotion playoff after just missing out on automatic promotion. The club won the Dublin Intermediate Championship in 2013 and went on to represent Dublin before losing in a thrilling Leinster Semi-Final replay. The Junior team won Division 9 in 2016 and now football teams compete in AFL2, AFL8 and AFL 11S, with the 11S team just formed.

Hurling: The club's two adult hurling teams playing in AHL2 and AHL6 and the 1st team competed in the senior B hurling championship.

Ladies Football: After a long absence the club fielded an adult ladies team again in 2012 after the successful launch of the G4M initiative. A core of the G4M's transferred to a full adult team competing in the lower end of the leagues but have quickly progressed and took a championship in 2012, a cup and league double in 2013, and cup honours in 2014 and 2015.

Camogie: In 2015, the club fielded an adult Camogie team for the first time ever, and finished the season with a Championship to show for their efforts. The club also has over 100 juvenile camogie players so the future looks bright.

Facilities[edit]

As well as its sporting facilities, the club owns and operates a bar, a function room, and a large hall for training and other events. The club has three senior pitches and a floodlit all weather hurling wall. There is also a Naomh Ólaf club shop, which is open every Saturdays from 10.30 -12.

Players[edit]

  • David Byrne (Gaelic footballer), Captain of the Dublin Minor football All-Ireland winning team 2012, Dublin U21 Leinster Winning Captain 2015, Dublin All Ireland Winner 2015 & 2016, National League Winner 2016
  • Declan O'Dwyer, Dublin Former Dublin Senior Hurler, Leinster Championship Winner
  • Luke Fitzgerald, former Irish and Leinster rugby union player
  • Niamh Donnelly, Dublin Girls U16 All Ireland Finalist 2013
  • Clara O'Sullivan, Dublin Girls U16 Leinster Winning Captain 2015, Dublin Minor 2016

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