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Westmanstown Gaels has a state of the art All Weather Pitch facility.
These pitches are available to rent for any sports club, school event (birthday parties, etc.) morning, afternoon or evening 7-days a week subject to availability.
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Garda/Westmanstown Gaels GAA Club Strategic Plan 2014
‘Pursuit of Success’
Your Club, Your Say!
Workshop 1 Athlete Development
Martin Kennedy, CEO, NADA (National Athlete Development Academy)
Martin is a sports scientist and an athlete development coach who has worked with developmental, senior and elite level athletes in a variety of different sports including Gaelic Football, Hurling, Rugby, Netball, Athletics, Australian Rules Football and Basketball in Ireland, the UK and Australia.
He holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia and an Honours Degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick.
Martin also holds various technical coaching qualifications in Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie and Rugby.
He is CEO of NADA (the National Athlete Development Academy) where he and his colleagues work as athlete development coaches and consultants to both team sport and individual athletes, from developmental through to elite level in Irish sport. He runs an excellent Youth Specific Coaching Session.
NADA are an integral part of the Dublin GAA Expert Team working with the Dublin Men’s Football, Hurling and Ladies Football Teams over the past number of years.
Workshop 2 Finance & Membership
Ciaran (Connie) Conroy, Commercial Manager, Fitness & Conditioning Coach
Connie has coached at club and county level with juvenile and senior teams in football, hurling and ladies football. He has also served as club PRO for his own club. He is a marketing professional and is currently the Commercial Manager for Leopardstown Racecourse with responsibility for marketing sales and business development. Connie is responsible for sponsorship and membership development at Leopardstown and has also worked closely with numerous sports clubs to set and achieve their fundraising objectives. He is currently the fitness and conditioning coach with the Laois minor hurling team. He is an Innovation Strategist with specialities in Marketing, Innovation, People Management, Sales Management and Change Management.
Workshop 3 Communications
Eileen Dunne, RTE Newscaster & Radio Presenter
Eileen Dunne began her career with RTE in 1979, as a radio continuity announcer. She joined the Newsroom in 1984 and for almost 30 years has worked on most of the major news stories – among them, Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland, General Elections, Dunblaine, the talks leading to the Good Friday Agreement and the election and resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. She also presents a weekly radio programme – The God Slot and is currently International President of the Association of European Journalists, a voluntary pan- European organization for journalists with an interest in European affairs.
A native of Dublin, Eileen is married to the actor Macdara Ó Fátharta and they have one son, Cormac. Her father was Mick Dunne, RTE’s first Gaelic Games correspondent and she has been attending GAA matches around the country since she was a child. An ardent Dubs fan, she is now a member of Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA club in Clontarf, where her son Cormac plays hurling. During Sean Kelly’s presidency Eileen served on the GAA Social and Awards Committee, and for many years acted as MC at the GAA All-Star banquet when it was sponsored by Bank of Ireland.
Workshop 4 Facilities
Pat O’Sullivan, Head of Property Services, eircom
Head of eircom group property responsible for property and facilities management across the 32 counties and UK. Covering a portfolio of 1300 sites covering 400 acres. Director of the IPFMA, Irish Property and Facility Management Association (IPFMA) is the leading professional body for the property management and facility management profession in the Republic of Ireland. Formed under the auspices of the Society of Chartered Surveyors in 1989, the IPFMA is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. Director of the esccu, E-services & Communications Credit Union Ltd. has been delivering financial services to the communications industry for over fifty years. He is a huge Dublin GAA supporter and has worked as a volunteer with many charities and sporting bodies. He also coaches and mentors people through his work in eircom and within the Industry and is regarded as an expert is facilities management.
Garda Mens GAA is based in Westmantown in West Dublin. The club was founded in 1922. Garda GAA have won the Dublin Senior Football Championship on six occasions in 1927, 1929, 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1948. The Garda won the Dublin Intermediate Football Championship on one occasion in 1986, bringing them back to senior status.
Garda have also had success as a hurling side, having also won the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship on six occasions in 1931, 1929, 1928, 1927, 1926 and 1925 which is still a record-breaking unbroken sequence of victories.
In 2012, there are 3 Mens' teams, Intermediates, Junior 1 and Junior 2.
Westmanstown Gaels is the juvenile division of the club and was set up in 2005. Membership is open to boys and girls from the ages of 5–18 years. In 2012, there is a nursery section and 6 juvenile Boys' teams from u/8-to-u/14.
The Garda Ladies Football team was established in 1998. The team began at senior level and competed in the Dublin Ladies League Division 1 and Senior Championship for a number of years. More recently, the Ladies team now competes in the Dublin Intermediate Championship and Division 2 of the League. There was at one stage, in 2003 and 2004 a Senior Ladies team and a Junior Ladies team, and the Junior Ladies were successful in winning the Junior D Championship in 2004.
Having contested 3 Senior County Finals and 2 Intermediate County Finals in the recent past, the team is going through a re-building period. This season, the team is through to the Intermediate County Semi-Final.
The Ladies team have also benefitted in the last two year from the under-age girls coming through the ranks at Westmanstown Gaels, the juvenile section of the Club. The Ladies team is made up of Garda Siochana members and civilian members and always welcomes new players at all levels.