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#169 Transport Gaels thriving after 125 years

As the Transport Gaels get ready to celebrate their 125th anniversary next year, the men who started it all back in 1886, the Henry Grattans. (Photo courtesy of Transport Gaels).

The Transport Gaels legacy as a GAA club in Dublin is one that is little known yet its foundation goes back to the very beginning of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Today, under the umbrella of the CIE Group, the Gael’s draw Gaelic footballers from Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, and Irish Rail. Dublin transport teams began life in 1886 when workers at the Inchicore railway formed the Henry Grattan’s GAA Club. The Inchicore works would forever stake its claim to fame when both the All Ireland hurling and football finals were played there at the ‘Pond Field’ in 1889. The Transport Gaels was born out of the ‘Grattan’s in 1910 and ever since has held its links with the playing of Gaelic sports – particularly prominent with Camogie, and, last won a Dublin Inter Firms Championship, this time in hurling, back in 1998.
Next year marks a milestone for the club as it gets to celebrate 125 years with a day of games in Croke Park. Here to tell us about that event, the club’s history and its present day participation in the Inter Firms League is PRO John Cassidy and Vice Captain, Dave Dineen, a man who cherishes a  very special connection to Croke Park.

 

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