As this year’s captain of Clontarf FC, I would like to welcome all players, supporters and visitors to Castle Avenue for what promises to be an historic season. In April 2014 the parish will celebrate the 1000 year anniversary of the battle of Clontarf. As part of the celebration the Club will welcome the world famous Barbarians RFC to Castle Avenue for a match in the Bull Ring. It is an incredible honour for me to captain the club and I would like to thank everyone that has contributed to giving me this opportunity. I will be doing everything I can to help this great club achieve the ultimate goal of winning its first All-Ireland League trophy.
It is a measure of the Club’s pride and ambition that a third place finish last season was viewed as disappointing. Over the past decade we have come agonisingly close to winning the All-Ireland League on more occasions than I have time to mention. With the passion, enthusiasm and support of members, supporters and players at Clontarf I am 100% confident that our time will come. Hopefully sooner rather than later!
The support we received last year was outstanding, both at home and away. If we are to achieve our goal of winning this year’s All-Ireland League, we will rely on this incredible support again. I have no doubt that we will receive it. I would like to urge all our supporters to bring down friends and family so they can share in what promises to be a great year.
A warm welcome to all the new faces that have joined the club; I hope you enjoy the same friendliness and hospitality that I received when joining the club 5 years ago. I wish to thank our coaching team of Andy Wood, Simon Broughton, Simon O’Donnell and Aaron Dundon, our Manager Pat McHale, Physio Niall Barry, Strength and Conditioning coach Barry Solan, Bagman Mick Quinn, Masseur/Storyteller /Historian Jim Barden and all the backroom staff. Your passion, commitment and dedication are hugely appreciated.
I must also thank the many people that help the club operate so successfully especially Paul Fallon, Jill O’Neill, Damaris O’Brien and the entire bar, kitchen and grounds keeping staff.
To all our sponsors, in particular to our primary sponsor, Willis, I’d like to wish my sincere thanks for your commitment to the club. Your generous contribution allows the club to compete and succeed at all levels, and is very much appreciated.
I hope you all enjoy your time in Castle Avenue,
“Go the Bulls!”
Ben Reilly – Club Captain 2013-2014