Welcome to Balbriggan FC. Our club was formed in 1998 when two local clubs, Clonard Celtic FC and Balscadden Blues FC amalgamated to form Balbriggan FC. This was to provide a consolidated playing pathway for local players from Nursery to a good senior level, within the same club.
Our club is governed by a written constitution, implemented by our Executive Committee, which is elected annually at our AGM. We play our games on 6 pitches on annual lease from Fingal County Council. The pitches are located adjacent to our clubhouse in Bath Road and are the other side of the railway track from the new all weather facility at Bremore. We have been appointed co-managers of the new all weather facility by Fingal County Council. We are also drawing up plans for a new state of the art indoor training facility/Futsal Court.
In the present season, we are fielding 30 teams, from under 8 to senior level, male and female. We cater for almost 400 underage players and 70 adult players and we have more than 60 adult volunteer mentors. We also have a very successful nursery for 4-7 year olds.
We pride ourselves on being very much a community club and we try our best to accomodate players of all levels on our teams. Please see our website Balbriggan FC.ie for further details.
The strength and buoyancy of a community depends on the foresight and determination of its inhabitants. This is shown especially in their ability to avail of opportunities to add to the social life of the locality. Balbriggan, in 1918, showed this sense of responsibility, through the determination of a few local men, who strove to keep the Gaelic Games and pastimes alive following the demise of the Balbriggan Commercials Football Team.
Other Gaelic Football teams that had come and gone before O’Dwyer’s came on the scene were Balbriggan Wanderers, who won the Gold Medal Tournament in 1902 and also Balbriggan Rovers competed the Dublin Junior Championship in 1913. O’Dwyer’s, local rival for many years was the Pioneer Football Team. They were winners of the Dublin Junior Championship in 1932 and runners up in the Intermediate Championship in 1934. On Tuesday night, 26th March, 1918, at a County Board meeting, held in 68 Parnell Square, O’Dwyer’s G.F.C. was affiliated to the G.A.A. The club was granted the permission to enter a team in the Junior and Minor championships.
Like all other north county clubs, O’Dwyer’s has been known over the years as a football club, but in its recent history, since the early ’80’s, the hurling side of the club has been developing, and now the club fields a junior hurling team and also under-aged hurling teams. It is hoped that with the help of recent coaching efforts, this side of the club will develop further. In its short history the O’Dwyer’s hurlers hive won league trophies, as well as the Fletcher and the Miller Shield. In days gone by, the woman of Balbriggan competed in Dublin Camogie competitions. The game has been resurrected in recent times, and hopefully it will achieve some of the success of the past.
A very important side of any G.A.A. club is the social and cultural side. For some years now O’Dwyer’s have competed in the National G.A.A. competition called Scor, reaching finals for Ceili and set-dancing competitions on several occasions. The Eithne O’Donnell competition for céilí and set-dancing is held annually in the clubhouse to honour the memory of Eithne O’Donnell, who gave so much of her time to the furtherance of all things Irish, especially Irish song and dance.
The new state of the art all weather facility was funded by Fingal County Council and a Sports Capital Grant from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Fingal County Council’s Community, Culture and Sports Division building a better Fingal by supporting
- Community Development
- 26 Centres throughout Fingal
- Community Activity Grants
- Cultural Development
- 2 Arts Centres at Draiocht and the Seamus Ennis Centre
- Arts Grants
- Artist supports
- Sports Development
- 13 Sports Development Officers
- Sports Grants
Contact Fingal County Council: 01 8905080 for more information