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« Reply #18840 on: November 09, 2019, 02:06:14 PM »
Well what do we think of Gaelfast so far?
Looks like it is active in the weak areas/clubs Colin Gaels , Ardoyne Pearses , Lower Falls , Larne and staying away from areas with stronger clubs. Thatís the right approach and looks like itís getting stronger all the Times

Be wasting their time promoting football in a hurling only club
Where does anybody who wants to play football in Larne go then? Maybe Gaelfast could help establish a dual club

are you encouraging football in Cushendall?
I'D be encouraging all codes in all places and would be great to see some clubs/codes emerge in areas not known to be GAA strong. I saw Gaelfast were in Larne recently and thought that was good to see. 10/12 years ago there was no St Brigids and look how strong they are now but they could haven't any hurling so an opportunity there too

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« Reply #18841 on: November 09, 2019, 02:13:56 PM »
The Carnlough boys played for Glenarm footballers originally and in latter years Glenravel. Dont recall a Carnlough gaelic football team tho ITG.

My dad mentioned they had a team once. Must check I am not imagining things and it wasnít gleanarm.

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« Reply #18842 on: November 09, 2019, 02:29:25 PM »
I actually donít mind single code clubs. Us dual clubs collectively have won more, the Johnnies in football and Rossa in hurling mainly and both those teams have had success with their lesser codes.

And it never hampered my club. Iím still of the opinion we need a Belfast only hurling club or two to actually really give Belfast a chance at competing in Antrim and beyond
Anything I post is not the view of the County Board!! Nobody died in the making of this post ;-)

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« Reply #18843 on: November 09, 2019, 06:03:43 PM »
I wouldn't disagree with you on a hurling only club in Belfast that had a football club nearby for those who wanted to do both. But where does a young lad in south Belfast go to hurl or in Toomebridge.... - one of the great things about GAA is 2 sports to try before settling on 1 in Most cases

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« Reply #18844 on: November 09, 2019, 06:24:56 PM »
I wouldn't disagree with you on a hurling only club in Belfast that had a football club nearby for those who wanted to do both. But where does a young lad in south Belfast go to hurl or in Toomebridge.... - one of the great things about GAA is 2 sports to try before settling on 1 in Most cases

But why should they have to settle for 1.  Playing 2 or 3 or 4 sports at underage only make them  better sports people.

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« Reply #18845 on: November 09, 2019, 06:48:26 PM »
A good few loughgiel and cushendall ones play football underage too. Less so at senior. McManus, graffin etc all played underage football.

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« Reply #18846 on: November 09, 2019, 09:12:54 PM »
First post fellas. im a larne man born and bred, now living in south Derry.growing up in larne it was all soccer, no football at all.introduced to it at St. Louis in Ballymena and played a bit there but then back home to nothing.nearest football club is st endas.i know my granda played football for larne,could be wrong on this but think they won an antrim junior championship a long time ago.would be great to see it being introduced in the town and really hope any effort through gaelfast is successful but itís a big ask, literally starting from scratch in terms of the football.that said there are 4-5000 people in larne parish so the numbers are there.but a big challenge.

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« Reply #18847 on: November 10, 2019, 08:10:50 AM »
Welcome Latharna. Developing Larne is a big ask but not impossible....especially if Gaelfast coaches go in for a few years and light the spark. Maybe start with an under 12 and under 14 team, that would be enough to get started if there were half a dozen mentors capable of looking after this and stepping up to under 16s in a few years. Wouldnt look any further than this to begin with. Good thing about Gaelfast is, they will also coach the coaches, so thats a huge bonus too.


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« Reply #18848 on: November 10, 2019, 02:25:55 PM »
Welcome Latharna. Developing Larne is a big ask but not impossible....especially if Gaelfast coaches go in for a few years and light the spark. Maybe start with an under 12 and under 14 team, that would be enough to get started if there were half a dozen mentors capable of looking after this and stepping up to under 16s in a few years. Wouldnt look any further than this to begin with. Good thing about Gaelfast is, they will also coach the coaches, so thats a huge bonus too.

It's been difficult enough at times keeping the hurling going, and the hurling club's been there for more than 50 years.

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« Reply #18849 on: November 10, 2019, 10:36:38 PM »
Fair play to you for doing it and I hope Gaelfast will provide support.
Don't know if Gaelfast were involved but Greencastle Wolfe Tones recently played a football challenge game for the first time in years I just heard - great to Hear

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« Reply #18850 on: November 11, 2019, 07:43:36 AM »
I wouldn't think there is much interest in establishing football in the Larne club. They were founded as a hurling club and have always played hurling under difficult circumstances.

At the same time one of the underage lads did play football for St Enda's on the team that won the Paul McGirr Ulster U-16 tournament a few years back.

Also made the county U-16 squad I believe.

The priority in the Larne club is to build on the JHC 'B' victory by establishing an underage hurling structure with the assistance of Gaelfast.

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« Reply #18851 on: November 11, 2019, 07:55:02 AM »
Maybe the majority of Latharna dont want a football near the place! Back to my point....half a dozen good men is all it takes to get an under 12 and 14 team started. With Gaelfast keeping an eye on coaching for a bit. Is that really too much to ask in a town with a sizeable nationalist population?

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« Reply #18852 on: November 11, 2019, 10:11:51 AM »
[b]Maybe the majority of Latharna dont want a football near the place![/b] Back to my point....half a dozen good men is all it takes to get an under 12 and 14 team started. With Gaelfast keeping an eye on coaching for a bit. Is that really too much to ask in a town with a sizeable nationalist population?

Hit the nail on the head.

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« Reply #18853 on: November 11, 2019, 12:56:59 PM »
Anyone know if Gaelfast have a plan to try and boost these places where support is required or do clubs/people approach Gaelfast? Aontroim ABU

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« Reply #18854 on: November 11, 2019, 02:06:08 PM »
Question (I should know this) but is Gaelfast aimed at early years children is that right? Why is specialist coaching needed for basically fundamentals training/child minding?  What is the thinking behind this?
Were other age groups discussed?