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Johnstown Bridge GAA is 75 years old this year
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Our History – Your Future
Johnstownbridge GAA prides itself on being an inclusive, modern outward looking club, ensuring no members of the community are marginalised or excluded from using our facilities. Our Clubs facilities are continually improving and have been noted by visitors as a credit to the parish and are oftentimes the heartbeat of the area. The most recent and popular feature our 800 metre walking track around the grounds with Social Members signing up regularly. We also have a players gym upstairs which is proving to be a fantastic asset to our Clubhouse.
The recent spike in population has injected new energy into our Club with high numbers of players, coaches and in turn new committee members becoming more and more involved.
Our facebook page and twitter handle @JTBGAA are vibrant ways for us to interact with our members and the wider community and recently we have launched this new website which has proved to be a very popular tool for both us as a Club and our visiting traffic.
We encourage visitors to all our electronic platforms along with social media and proactively welcome comments and suggestions!
Johnstownbridge GAA Club was founded in 1942 and since then the Club has won numerous honours in all grades from Minor to Senior. Significant achievements include County Minor success in 1977, Intermediate Championship 1978, Senior Championship victories in 1983, 1988 and 1989. Our most recent success was 2013, winning the Intermediate Championship to bring Johnstownbridge back to the top flight of Kildare GAA where we firmly believe our Club belongs. In more recent years we have seen underage success with U-21 ‘B’ and ‘A’ Championships in 2008 and 2009 and our U14 team winning the Kildare Féile ‘B’ final and our Minors winning the Division 3 title both in April of this year.
Due to this success Johnstownbridge GAA has helped to put our small village on the map. With the rise in population coupled with enthusiasm, together we can and are currently building on our club’s future to continue with this growth both on and off the field of play! The Football Club has two adult teams fielding in Kildare GAA competitions with approximately 50 players over 17 years of age.
2013 Intermediate Champions
Balyna Juvenile GAA
At underage level the football club is amalgamated with the second club in the parish, Clogherinkoe GAA, to form Balyna Juvenile GAA Club. Prior to the early 1970’s underage players from both clubs
played their Gaelic football with nearby Carbury GAA Club. Due to the co-operation and commitment of volunteers from both clubs Balyna Juvenile GAA has become a real force at underage level in the county fielding teams from U-7 to U-21.
Last year our U10 boys went to Madrid Harps GAA in Spain and came a close second in the A Final being narrowly beaten by Dublin’s Naomh Barróg after defeating Kilmacud Crokes in the semi-final after extra time. An undertaking recognised throughout Kildare GAA circles and beyond. Madrid Harps are coming to our facilities this year to hold a summer camp after the friendship both Clubs have forged on the back of this excursion.
Balyna U10s in Madrid October 2014
Johnstownbridge Camogie Club reformed in the late 1990’s and has had great success on and off the field in the intervening years. In 2005 they won the County Intermediate Championship and the U-14 Féile for the second time in five years and once again winning the best banner competition. Our current Senior team became County Champions in 2011, followed up in 2012, 2013 & 2014 and are aiming for 5-in-a-row this coming year!
Since 2007 Johnstownbridge GAA club has organized a Nursery Programme aimed at introducing children to Gaelic games in a fun and safe environment. The ABC Nursery caters for boys and girls aged 3-5 years.
The nursery encourages development and the fruits of the nursery are beginning to show through the teams now constructed from this powerful initiative.
All Weather Pitch
The development of our artificial 45m x 25m playing field has given past players and the casual exercise enthusiast the opportunity to stay fit during the winter months. It is also of great benefit to teams during inclement weather when our pitches must remain closed.
The Camogie and Football Club lotto is run on a fortnightly basis on a Sunday evening in the Hamlet Court Hotel. Each draw increases the jackpot by €100 if not won. The current jackpot is €1,400 on March 11th. Tickets are available from usual ticket sellers, in O’Neills Londis in JTB all day Saturday before each draw and now we have envelope dispensers in the Hamlet Court Bar and in Greville’s Maxol in JTB. Tickets cost €2 or 3 for €5. We take this opportunity to thank all sellers and ticket holders for their continued support which is lifeblood to our finances.
The Hamlet Court Hotel
We are delighted to announce The Hamlet Court Hotel who have always been more than generous to our Club have officially come on board again this year as our main football sponsor for 2015.
A family run business who have treated our Club in the same manner that all guests and visitors to their hotel are treated, nothing is too large a request and they are always on hand to help out in a proactive way.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to John and his team for getting behind our Club for what we hope will be a very successful year on and off the field, from all the committee and members.
Pictured here at the pitch is John O’Neill with players Jamesie O’Connor, Ian Farrell, David Maguire, Sam Doran and Club Chairman PJ Doran.
Johnstownbridge play their hurling with Broadford Hurling Club.