A Finbarrs Team Player of long ago

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Liam Sneyd was born in Cabra West on Kilkiernan Road in 1948. He played for St Finbarrs as a school boy and was a member of the winning team in 1961 in Croke Park that won the Geraldine Cup.

His teacher and coach was Padd Byrne (Paddy Ban O’Broin). He also played Senior football and Junior hurling for the Barrs up until 1968. He emigrated to Canada that year.

He has great memories of  the many years he played with the Barrs. The great friends he had were Sean, Paddy, Dick, Martin Moyles (RiP), Sean Watters (RiP), Brindsly Louth, Dave Barry & Lar O’Shea to name a few.

All this information was sent in  email from Canada yesterday by Liam. He sends his best wishes to all his old pals in the club and best wishes to the Barrs in the future. We want to thank Liam for his email and information.

Cabra Folklore – Dermot Mongey

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Dermot Mongey dropped into the club house last week and met one of his old neighbours Phelim Brady. Dermot lived at 64 Dingle Road and emigrated to England in the early sixties at the age of twenty.

Dermot played GAA Hurling ,GAA Football, Handball for Naomh Fionnbarra as well as soccer for Home Farm and Richmond Boys Club in Liverpool. Dermot has lent to the club photographs and news articles about himself and Cabra in the 1950′s.

In the Local History & Folklore section we are going to put these articles together and call them the Dermot Mongey story as it represents alot of people who had to leave Cabra in the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s to find work in England.

Most never lost a sense of longing for Cabra and Dublin. Again thanks to Dermot for letting us use the material.

Festival Week 2011

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Our annual festival week starts 0n Saturday 13th until 20th August 2011. All help is welcome so please don’t give the excuse that you were not asked.

If you can only help for a hour it is better than doing nothing. Madelain Paget, the club secretary, is the main co-odinator and can be contacted at the club reception.

The program will be ready for delivery on Monday for anyone interested in delivering it contact Nick Kehoe at the club reception.

Club Acknowledgement

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The club Executive committee  would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of those people, clubs, Garda Siochana, T.D’s, Community groups, Dublin County Board, Dublin players past and present who attended the removal and burial of our ”Hero and Legend” Anthony “Gossy “Costello.

To the Costello/Sheridan families who showed us such strenth and courage thank you. We also want to thank you for allowing us at Naomh Fionnbarra the chance to play a big part as Gossy was laid to rest.

To the juvenile section of the club for their lining of the streets and aisles of the Church, the Camogie section for their guard of honour, to Gozzy’s team mates past and present who flanked his remains to and from the Church and at the graveside, you all did yourselves and our club proud.

To all our full members,social members and not forgetting the non club people who helpED out in the clubhouse and in the kitchen and behind the bar, your help was invaluable and greatly appreciated, to the local people and business community for their expression of sympathy and support.

This occasion though a very sad one BUT showed what a great community we have in Cabra. Mile buiochais to all. Rest in Peace ‘Big Fella’, your spirt will live on in all who wear the ‘Barrs’ jersey.

O bas go crioch nil crioch ach alhfhais

Eilis Ui Longain P.R.O.

on behalf of the Executive Committee.

Kilmichael West Cork Trip

Monday, November 29th, 2010


Last weekend 25 of our members paid a trip to west Cork to the 90th anniversary of the Kilmichael Ambush by Tom Barry and his flying column.

Over the two days we visited a few other historical sites like the Beal na Blath and Crossbarry in the West Cork area.

Over three thousand people attended the commemoration which was given by the Norths deputy first minster Martin McGuinness. We would like to thank Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin for his hospitality and the staff in Donovan’s Hotel Clonakilty for looking after us.

Players of the Decades Announced

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Team of the decade

Having received a massive response to this subject and after counting up the votes, which came thick and fast, the results of ‘Barrs Players of the Decades’ are as follows:

1940′s Kevin Brady
1950′s John Casserly
1960′s Peter Lowery
1970′s Sean Myles
1980′s Paul Turner (sn)
1990′s Derek Mc Mullen
2000′s Lee Mc Keogh

1940′s Liam Bracken
1950′s Norman Long
1960′s Kevin Crux
1970′s Ray O Reilly
1980′s Sean Kehoe
1990′s Anthony Costello (sn)
2000′s Robbie Mc Donald

Thank you to all who voted through the website, in the club and on our Facebook page.

The Camogie section also needs to have the best players selected from 1950, 1980, 1990 and 2000. We are going to pick a player of the decade for Camogie girls so please start voting. You can email your choice to info@naomhfionnbarra.ie, leave a post on our Facebook page or leave your choice at the club reception in written form.

All-Ireland Medal Winners

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

All-Ireland winners

Our Local History & Folklore section has been updated with an article on Paddy Holden & Mickey Whelan, both of whom who won All-Ireland medals with Dublin. Read the full article by clicking here.

Medal and Picture Donations

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010


The club would like to thank Ray Browning of Ratoath Road who played for the club in the 70′s and 80′s for the pictures he left for the website.

A big thank you to Dermot ‘Maggot’ McMahon also from Ratoath Road who donated his Winners school medal, which he won in 1965 for Finbars school, and the picture of the team as well. The medal will be displayed in the club house in the next two weeks.

Festival Week 14th-21st August

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

65 Years2

Welcome to everybody in the Cabra Community to our festival week 2010. We hope there is something in the festival for you, young or old, to enjoy or take part in. Everyday there is some sort of event taking place and is open to everybody in the area.

The opening day will start with a parade from the club house, so come out and join the journey to the Bogies and your Festival week. We want to thank Paul O’Farrell of the Cabra Community Development Project, Dublin City Council, Crios Ri Bowls, Cabra Arts group, our own social committee and all our volunteer workers over the week. We also want to thank our sponsors.


Club Book

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Original Jersey

2015 is the 70th anniversary of the club. The club has earmarked this date to have a book published about the history of the club and its relationship with the area of Cabra.

The club has collected a massive amount of material over the last two years and are asking members young and old for pictures or information on the club over the years. Any member who wants to help in this project contact Nicky Kehoe at 01 868 6209.