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Urban Revolution: The Top City GAA Clubs In The Country

For a variety of reasons, the GAA is going from strength to strength in urban areas as teams from cities begin to achieve more and more success.

Part of this is changing demographics and part of it is investment from Croke Park to promote the sports in schools in cities like Dublin, Cork and even Belfast.

While the club is focal point associated with more rural areas, hurling, in particular, is flourishing in cities all over the country.

The proof of that is in the success of the following teams in recent times.

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick)

Based in the north side of Limerick city, many people fancy the Shannonsiders to win a second club All-Ireland title in three years next March.

They have won four Munster titles in the last seven years and have beaten some of the biggest names in the sport in the southern province.

They are also a dual senior club, having won the Limerick Intermediate Football Championship in 2014 and getting to a senior semi-final last year.

Their hurling side is packed full of players who have represented Limerick at inter-county level and while other clubs in the Treaty city like Claughan have fallen away somewhat, Na Piarsaigh have been the standard bearers for urban teams in Gaelic games.

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Liam Mellows (Galway)

Liam Mellows won a first Galway SHC in nearly half a century and were the first city club in a generation to lift the title when they beat Gort on Sunday.

By virtue of winning the SHC in the west, Mellows go straight into the All-Ireland semi-final and while they will be up against in they are to emulate the achievements of the likes of Portumna, the Galway champions can never be ruled out of the All-Ireland conversation.

A big win for Liam Mellows, but also for the GAA in Galway city.

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Nemo Rangers (Cork)

Nemo secured a fantastic Munster club SFC win over Dr Crokes last month to add to a 20th county title won earlier in the autumn.

With the likes of Paul Kerrigan and Tomas O’Se in their ranks, the Cork men will be ready to give the All-Ireland championship a good rattle.

However, with Slaughtneil and Corofin looking strong also, a St Patrick’s Day success will be a tough ask. However, Nemo are flying the flag for Gaelic football by the banks of the river Lee.

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St Gall’s (Belfast)

The 19-time Antrim SFC champions have won three provincial titles and, in 2010, won the All-Ireland club championship defeating Kilmurray-Ibrickane on St Patrick’s Day.

In such a divided city, Gall’s fly the flag for the GAA in the Ulster city.

Since the turn of the millennium, St Gall’s have won five county titles in a row (2001-05) and eight in a row (2007-2014) showing sheer dominance of football in Antrim.

They also won the Ulster intermediate hurling championship in 2009 and reached the county SHC final in 2014.

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Dicksboro (Kilkenny)

The current Kilkenny hurling champions hail from the Marble City, securing their fifth title and a first since 1993.

Their breath-taking 4-15 to 4-10 county final triumph over James Stephens.

With Cillian Buckley as leader of the defence and goals from Oisin Gough, Bill Sheehan and Martin Gaffney, this is a good side. However, they were no match for eventual Leinster champions Cuala in the Leinster quarter-final.

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Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man as we hear from Mattie Kenny and Con O’Callaghan as Cuala retained the Leinster club SHC beating Kilcormac-Killoughey.

About Joel Slattery

Joel Slattery
Sub-editor at Pundit Arena. Bad at predictions, Joel was also slightly uncomfortable writing this bio in the third person. Mail: [email protected]

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