Robert Emmetts to play in Croke Park
21 February 2007
Robert Emmetts will become the first ever London hurling club to contest a Croke Park All-Ireland final.
Croke Park, Dublin beckons for the first ever London-based hurling club to contest an All-Ireland club final on Sunday March 11th.
Two weeks after the England rugby teams historic clash with Ireland in the RBS Six Nations championship, the hurlers of the Robert Emmetts GAA Club will be attempting to create their own piece of history on the same hallowed turf by becoming the first London GAA club ever to win an All-Ireland title in 110 years.
Until Robert Emmetts notable achievement following their recent semi-final victory over Co. Clare champions Clooney-Quin in Limerick, the best any previous London clubs had achieved were just four quarter-final victories. However having had to travel to Ireland in order to account for both the Leinster and Munster champions, Robert Emmetts are now firmly focussed in their bid to win a coveted All-Ireland club intermediate hurling title.
As part of a double-header which will be preceded by the All-Ireland club junior hurling final, the London champions will face Connacht champions Killimordaly in the main event. The Galway champions, who accounted for Belfast club – Gortnamona in their semi-final, therefore stand between the Robert Emmetts hurlers and sporting immortalisation in London GAA.
Members of the Robert Emmetts team are drawn from all the four provinces of Ireland:
Captain Fergus McMahon from Killdalkey Co. Meath and Dubliner Sean McLoughlin represent Leinster.
Galways Brian Keane is the lone Connacht representative.
Antrim men Sean Quinn, Kevin McMullen, Sean Kelly and Mark Traynor make up a strong Ulster representation on the team while three counties from Munster are represented, namely: Cillian OMurchu (Waterford), John Dillon (Limerick), Eddie Carey (Tipperary) and finally Cork which has the greatest representation in goalkeeper Colm Buckley, Luke Mannix, Brian Foley, Tadhg OCallaghan, Jim Ryan, and John Quinlan.
Robert Emmetts are also managed by Cork man Mick ODea. A long-serving member of the Robert Emmetts club, the Liscarroll native will be leading out his second team in Croke Park in two years following Londons Nicky Rackard Cup success in August 2005.
Robert Emmetts GAA Club have also recently clinched a lucrative sponsorship deal with well-known Irish hotel chain – The Moran Group.
Invitation to Press Conference and Team Photo-Call.
All interested media including broadcast - TV, radio and websites, photographers and written press will have an opportunity to meet manager Mick ODea, all the players and sponsor representative Tommy Moran during a specially convened Press Conference and Team Photo-Call at London GAAs headquarters at West End Road, South Ruislip, Middlesex (near the Polish War Memorial) on Saturday March 3rd, commencing with lunch at 1.00pm.
Please note that there will be no further press information available from the club before the final.
Invitation to all the Friends of London GAA.
Robert Emmetts GAA club also extend a warm welcome to all Gaels who have ever been involved in London GAA to join them on their special day in Croke Park. After their
historic All-Ireland club final appearance on Sunday March 11th, the club in conjunction with London GAA Supporters Club will be hosting a Grand Friends of London GAA Reunion Buffet Dance at the Red Cow Hotel, Clondalkin from eight oclock onwards. It will be a rare opportunity for any returned Exiles to meet the team and the many supporters who will be travelling from London for what promises to be a very special occasion. Whatever the result will be in Croke Park earlier that day, a memorable evening is assured.
For further information about the Post-Match Function or if you wish to attend the press conference, please contact press officer Larry Cooney on 07917 116605 or by e-mail: [email protected]
You may also visit the clubs website: www.robertemmetts.co.uk
End of Press Release.
Larry Cooney (Press Officer)
Mob: 07917 116605.