Cllr. Emer Higgins has congratulated Newcastle’s GAA Club, St. Finian’s, on their well-earned victory at the Dublin County Finals and paid tribute to the pride and passion in the parish. The Senior Team took home the Junior Dublin Championship Cup last week after a forty year wait. Cllr. Emer Higgins, whose brother Ronan plays on the team, has congratulated the players, club, coaches and supporters on their fantastic achievement.

“A huge congratulations to St. Finian’s on their fantastic achievement. The pride and passion in our parish was palpable in the lead up to the game and on match night. I hope every member of the team and all those who train, coach and support them know how proud we, as a community, are of them,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“It was an emotional roller-coaster for those of us watching from the side-lines as they secured a victory in extra time; I can’t imagine how intense and it must have been on the pitch. Under the steer of their Chairman Ian Boran, the leadership of their two fantastic Co-Captains and the guidance of their coaches, the team delivered a cup that hasn’t been in Newcastle in forty years. It’s an incredible achievement for these dedicated young men and all those who have supported them to get here. Conor McCarthy, in his acceptance speech on behalf of the team, dedicated their win to all those who have worn green and red before them. His sentiment was shared by the whole team who have a humbling amount of respect for the families that have supported the club down throughout the years, and indeed through generations, and all the players who have come and gone in that time,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“It’s a big couple of weeks also for St. Mary’s GAA Club who will tog out for their County Final. I’m a proud supporter of St. Mary’s and even took to the Lipsync Stage to help with their fundraiser. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish them the very best of luck this weekend. How amazing would it be to bring home, to our small parish, two Cups in one week? This could be our year!,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.