Skerries Harps-Dublin Juvenile hurling Club of the Year

posted 18 Nov 2013, 01:09 by Skerries Harps
On Friday 15th November, at the Annual Friends of Dublin Hurling Presentation night in the Red Cow Hotel, Skerries Harps were presented with the 'Dublin Juvenile Hurling Club of the Year', award. As a committed Dual Club, Hurling in Skerries has grown exponentially in the last ten years, and this award was recognition for the tremendous effort put in by members to help grow the fastest game on grass in the parish.

Historically, Skerries Harps being a strong Football club, Hurling took off seriously just over a decade ago, with a dedicated few like Denis Forde & Robert Kehoe promoting and coaching the skills for which Joe Williams of Tipperary had laid the foundations some years earlier .

Today, in their juvenile ranks, their nursery has grown to over 155 children. Every child is presented with a Hurl when they enter the academy.
At, U8 - 3 team, with 30 players, U9 - 3 team, with 25 players, U10 - 3 team, with 24 players,
U11 - 2 team, with 23 players, U12 - 2 teams, with 25 players, U13's 17 Players
U14 - 12players, U16 - 9 players. For the U16's Skerries have an amalgamated team with St. Maurs GAA in Rush, the combined team being called Fingal Gaels.

2012 was a historic year for Hurling in Skerries Harps at CCC2 & Adult level, in that Skerries fielded their first ever U16, Minor & U21 Hurling teams.

Playing level & achievements in 2013-

U10's & U11's competed over the Summer in the Dublin Camaint.
U12's are currently mid table in div 1, and also were winners of the Camaint Div 1 Shield.
U13's played competitively in Div 2 of 5 divisions.

The U14's reached the Division 5 Feile final, and lost out to Craobh Chiaran, and have also finished joint 2nd in the Division 6 league. What an achievement for a panel of 12, and a team that was not going to happen at one stage. The Minors (U18's)  have just reached the C Championship final. In order to achieve this growth in Hurling in Skerries, the club has organised and run The Gormanston Indoor Hurling Tournament together with St. Maurs GAA club, each January and February. This enables hundreds of children from al over Dublin and Meath play indoor hurling at a time of the year where the Irish weather does not help promote the outdoor sport.

In April, for the past three years, through the hard work of Stephen Dooley and Thomas Burke, previous Skerries Harps GPO and now Stephen Fitzgearld, Skerries Harps current GPO, The Easter Schools Hurling & Camogie Tournament takes place at zero cost for all participants from all the primary Schools in Skerries. This is going from strength to strength with increasing numbers each year.

Skerries has shown commitment to Dublin Hurling at County Board level also through the involvement of Stephen Dooley's on the CCC1 executive currently, and Denis Forde as a previous CCC1 Chairperson . Other individuals such as Denis Murphy and MJ Geoghegan have also made a huge investment with their time to help promote Hurling in the club.

At every opportunity Skerries have encourage their teams to travel down the country or invite clubs to come to Skerries for games.

In 2013,their U10's & U12's travelled to Cashel in Tipperary, Their U10's participated in the Carlow hurling tournament. Their U12's invited Fethard & Cashel of Tipperary, along with Ballyboden to their inaugural U12 summer invitational hurling Feile.

All in all, the development of Hurling in this picturesque Sea side town is in good hands. In 2013, Dublin won their first Leinster Hurling Title in over 60 years. With continued development of the Sport, its quite possible that in the near future, a current Skerries harps Juvenile Hurler could end up lining out for the Dubs in a Senior Championship game.