Round Tower’s historic opening

by Stephen Findlater

ROUND Tower Clondalkin are shaping up for one of the biggest evenings in the club’s history as they welcome the Dublin and Galway senior footballers to their brand new Monastery Road official opening ceremony on Saturday.
The two sides will play a challenge match at the new venue’s top class facilities at 7pm, just the second time in the club’s history that they will have hosted an intercounty tussle.
The previous one came 29 years ago in the club’s centenary year when Dublin played Kildare in the community centre but club chairman Tony Delaney says that with the club now owning its own pitch, it makes it an extra special occasion.
Indeed, with Tower’s man Jim Gavin managing the Dubs, it adds another dimension for the club.
“It’s a huge event for a few reasons,” Delaney told GazetteSport. “Obviously, the connection with Jim makes it special. It’s a real landmark occasion for the club. We’ve been around since the formation of the GAA and to have our own first-class playing facilities officially opened is great.
“This is a unique opportunity for members, supporters and the wider Clondalkin community to welcome two of the country’s top Gaelic footballing sides to the community.
“In particular, we’re enormously proud to welcome club member and Clondalkin native Jim back to the village as manager of the Dublin footballers for this historic and proud occasion in our club’s 129 year history. It should prove to be a great occasion and we extend an invitation to all.
“We’ll get good support from the local clubs and Dublin supporters but also our own membership and the wider community. The Clondalkin people have been great for us. There could be a couple of thousand along if the weather is good.”
In addition to the game, the club will have a series of events running in tandem with the opening in what promises to be a memorable occasion.
The night before sees the club enjoy a dinner dance to celebrate while a marquee will be in situ at the Monastery Road grounds.
Tower’s hurlers start their Senior B championship campaign at 4.45pm on the Saturday when they take on Naomh Olaf. Kids will be free to enter the festivities and, with a large crowd expected, patrons are encouraged to leave the car at home and make use of the Luas to get to the ground with the Red Cow stop just 700m from the venue.
Delaney added that it is a great opportunity for fans to see the progression of the Dublin footballers up close under the watchful eye of Gavin.
“Jim’s always been a steady character and a safe pair of hands. I’d be confident with the resources and a bit of luck, he’ll go a long way to delivering.”

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