Wolfe Tones social football hailed as a success

Last Monday (30 August) past, Wolfe Tones GAC began a new social football programme aimed at males who had either retired from or have never taken up Gaelic Football before.  

Led by former Pearse’s man Paddy O’Hara, the session saw 25 men of various ages and abilities take part in a light training session, introducing the basics of Gaelic Footbal.  

Club PRO Tiarnán Millar, who took part in the session said: “What we saw on Monday night was lads who had retired 20, 30 and in one case 40 years ago playing on the field with boys in their early twenties who have never had the opportunity to play before simply because Wolfe Tones has been absent from this community for three generations.  

This year, the GAA has instituted a new GAA for Dads & Lads programme, similar to the LGFA’s Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others, but unlike the G4MO which starts at age 25, the youngest you can take part in the GAA programme is 40. We see most people retiring in their early to mid-thirties and that leaves nothing for them. “  

In our senior team now we see men who had never kicked an O’Neills ball before a year ago starting every match. If this social football initiative can tap into that talent pool that we know exists locally as well as give older men with literaly decades of experience the opportunity to keep playing, improving their physical and mental health that’s something we’ll try and keep going for as long as possible.”  

The sessions will continue on Monday evenings at 7pm at The Valley V36.  

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