Posted by: John McGerr | February 14, 2009

A sense of place3


The GAA has been part of Edgeworthstown Parish life for one hundred and twenty five years. Despite the growing attractions of other sports and leisure activities, it still remains one of the key organisations in the town and for many people is a key element of their social lives.  My own involvement goes back to my schooldays and my parents, brothers(and to a lesser extent sisters), uncles, aunts and cousins have all had some involvement or are still involved. We are one of the few parishes in Longford that field Hurling teams in a  number of age groups and have done(almost continuously) for forty years. We are a moderately successful Club both on and off the field. Success for a small Parish is measured not only by trophies won, but also by the fact that in common with many Clubs we own our on grounds – with two pitches and dressing rooms. Players from our Club have featured at inter-County level at all grades and even at International level. We have won All-Ireland prizes at Scór(the cultural end of the GAA) and have provided officials for matches.  Like many large organisations, the GAA has it’s share of problems but overall it’s a failry positive influence in the Community and will probably survive for another hundred years.

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