Rosemount Mulvey’s dramatic rebirth continues as the Dundrum club plan to continue their expansion into youth football in the coming months.
From just one senior team when the club was reformed two years ago, they now boast two senior teams and four schoolboy sides from Under-8s to Under-12s.
The coming months will see the addition of a fifth boys’ team and at least two girls’ sides as the ripple effects from the free-to-air World Cup inspire more girls to take up the game.
Rosemount was traditionally a major player in south Dublin football but, like many Dublin clubs, they hit a rough patch six years ago and had to fold.
Through the work of Gary Roberts and Gerard Coughlan, as well as coaches Karl Markey and the former Shelbourne star Richie Baker, the club rose from the ashes two years ago.
Huge success has followed, with two doubles secured in two years since returning to the Leinster Senior League and an FAI Junior Cup last 16 berth.
The club’s success has been such that, despite any permanent training ground or changing facilities, they have scrambled to meet the demand for football at underage level.
Rosemount has always been a hotbed for football in south Dublin but the recent influx of young families has only increased the interest in the sport in the area.
The club will run a summer camp for kids 6-13 at the end of the month, run by Baker, but it’s only the beginning of what the club are building.
“The past two years have been incredible, going from one team to where we are at the moment,” Baker tells the Dublin Gazette.
“A lot of that is down to the committee, especially Gary Roberts and Gerard Coughlan. They’ve pushed things on and we’ve dove right down to the deep end and get everything together in the last six months.
“The community is thriving at the moment with all the new houses coming into the estates, so we had to provide something for the families that are after coming in. We stepped up to the plate and we’ve given them that.”
The club will have seven teams – five boys teams from Under-8s to Under-13s and two for girls at Under-10s and Under-13s level – running next season in the South Dublin league.
The summer camps will take place over two weeks, from July 30th to August 2nd and August 6th to 9th, with a family fun day open to all on each Friday.
“Certain days you’ll be doing skills, dribbling and things like that, getting into positions to receive balls and pass balls. Some of these kids are just learning from the start.
“And then with the older kids we can do more on technique, going forward and defending, shooting and all that.
“They’re going to be doing loads of different drills over the four days, and then on the Friday of each week we have a family day organised.
“There’s going to be bouncy castles and face-painting and everything going on after the football’s finished.
“We’re getting all the families, the parents and all the brothers and sisters, to come day and have a fun day on the last day.”