Fingallians GAA Swords
Much of the credit for the revival of the club's fortunes in the fifties must go to Jim Howard who took a keen interest in the juvenile section and developed the talents of some very good players who later came together on the club's first team. Among these was his son Tom who played for the Dublin senior team. This team went to the Junior Championship Semi-Final in 1955 which they lost to Clann na nGael.
At this stage Colm Heenan took over the training of the team and they went on to win the Junior Championship in 1956 and the Intermediate Championship in 1957 and thus regained senior status which they have held ever since. Three members of that team, Jim Nugent, Christy Jones and Seamus McKittrick, won all-Ireland Minor medals with Dublin.
Fingallians now field more than 30 teams at all levels in football, hurling and ladies football. A significant step for Fingallians has been the appointment of Emer Bambrick as full time coach. Emer is busy not just within the club but also bringing the message and the coaching to the local schools. Aside from putting out teams to compete at all levels from U8 to U16, the Juvenile section also organises a number of spectacular successes. These include Easter and Summer football and hurling camps which attract hundreds of boys and girls to learn the skills of the games.
Coaching sessions by Dublin fullback Barry Cahill and Tipperary star Eoin Kelly were also run this summer. Under age 7-a-side blitzes in football and hurling during summer months are spectacular successes. In addition to playing the games, many of our younger members are also developing skills and talents which are being ploughed back into the club. For example, nine of our current Minor and U16 players have taken coaching courses and we also have a big number qualified as referees. The club also makes the new All Weather facility available to the local schools.