Rosemount’s return

by Stephen Findlater

THREE YEARS after the collapse of their last surviving adult team, Rosemount Mulvey – former FAI Junior Cup finalists from the Windy Arbour area of South Dublin – have revitalised the club, bringing the game back to an area of Dublin that’s long been a black hole in a football-loving city.
The club’s historic standing has seen them reinstated straight into a relatively high spot of the Leinster Senior League, the Saturday Premier division. With the new reincarnation of the club taking shape in the year of the outfits’ 50th anniversary, things are very much looking up.
Rosemount have started with three wins from five in their new division with plenty of local support quickly jumping on board.
“We’ve been getting big numbers for our games, the local community is really behind the club,” Rosemount Community Committee and club member Gary Roberts told GazetteSport. “Ten to 15 years ago, we were one of the biggest clubs in the area and, for various reasons, things slowly fell apart. But the committee always stayed in place to manage the facilities and we’ve managed to persuade a lot of local players to come back and play together for the first time since they were in school.”
“We have Karl Markey as manager, and Richie Baker, who’s done everything with Shelbourne in the League of Ireland, here as a really great coach.
“ We had an acid test against Broadford Rovers, who are a serious Leinster Senior League side, in pre-season. We lost 3-1 but looked good. It’s really coming together.”
As well as promising football, Rosemount have also attracted the interest of local businesses, getting sponsorship for shirts and matches for their return season.
“For a long time, there’s not really been a football club between Ballinteer and Milltown,” Roberts explains.
“There are working class estates here that we really want to connect with and represent the whole area. Getting lads out and training, even if it’s just to keep fit, is really important, especially in the winter months.
“We currently have members between the age of 17 and 65, and we’d really like to add an over-35s team and a women’s team in the near future,” Roberts explains of the club’s ambitions for their Mulvey Park set up.
“We’d like to invite anyone down to the club to train, regardless of their level of interest in actually playing matches for the club. For us, it’s about community.
“There are a lot of issues now with depression and suicide, and we’d like to give people something to do locally and play a small part in trying to alleviate that. We can be contacted through our Facebook page.”
The club sit fourth in the Leinster Senior League Premier Saturday Division at the time of writing.

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