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John Humphrey Memorial Football Blitz 2016

Stephen Cluxton may be number 1 in Dublin ; Ciaran Kilkenny may be a king in Castleknock; Cormac Costelloe may seem like Whitehall’s brightest star and O’Gara and Bastic may argue who rules the roost in Synge Street.

However, all of these stars were put into the shade when their club mates closed 2016 playing in the Annual John Humphrey memorial blitz for Under 10 footballers organised by St James Gaels\An Caislean GAA Club in their impressive facilities in the Iveagh Grounds.

The weather was cold, crisp and dry. The football was superb.

John Humphrey

(John Humphrey)

On 27 December the Gaels’ home on the Crumlin Road paraded an array of under 10 talents from Dublin football.
The Gaels organised a host of Gaelic football fixtures in their annual Christmas event. 
Under 10 footballers from Whitehall, Crumlin, Castleknock, Coolock, Clondalkin, Templeogue, and Kiltipper Road graced the Iveagh Grounds with their skills in Gaelic football and showed everyone present how much skill and talent would be on show when the 2017 season gets underway.

Participating Clubs included St James Gaels; Whitehall Colmcilles; Templeogue\Synge Street; Parnells, Round Towers (Clondalkin); Thomas Davis, Parnells and St Judes.

The football was played in memory of John Humphrey, a young St James Gaels player, who died tragically in 1998.

Generously sponsored by John’s family the annual blitz is a fitting tribute to the memory of a young boy for whom sport played such a major part in his short life.
Gaels Chairman Ross Mulvaney described the commemorative event, first played in 1999, as “the most special event in the club’s calendar.”

“The most important thing about this event is that everybody approaches it in a spirit that makes sport a winner.”

“All we ever hope for” said Ross “is that every child plays to the best of their own individual ability. Each and every child who does that will have had a good tournament irrespective of the scores”

Money raised from the event goes to help the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

With an impressive range of facilities in the Iveagh Grounds on the Crumlin Road St James Gaels welcomes anyone with an interest in Gaelic Football with open arms.
St James Gaels currently fields two men’s adult Gaelic football teams, a Ladies team and juvenile teams from Under 8 to Under 18 age levels for both boys and girls. In addition, for 4 to 8 year olds, we run our Gaels All-Stars Academy which introduces boys and girls to Gaelic football and hurling in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Further information Contact:
Paul Flanagan 087 2412886
Billy Hannigan 087 2371611

A selection of photos from the day are shown below. Full-res photos are available at 

Plenty of Photos also at the St. James Gaels Facebook page