Presentation of Cup

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Eoghan Sweetman, captain of the Finbarrs winning team, receiving the U21 Championship Cup from county board chairman, Andy Kettle, at O’Toole Park. It was great to hear Eoghan speaking in our native tongue in the presentation speech. Na Bharra abu, An Gaeilge Abu.

Matches 13th Nov 2011

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Our senior footballers were beaten by two points out in Lawless Park this morning. A very good team performance which was let down by not taking our chances.

We wait on the result from Skerries Harps and St Marks which will probably end up in the new year to know our faith. Our minors put on a good display this morning against Raheny. We were beaten by seven points but it was a disciplined battling performance.

Our under 16 footballers won their league yesterday and our under 13 were promted to division two so well done lads!!

Champions, 2011 Dublin Hurling Senior B Championship

Monday, October 31st, 2011

In one of the greatest days in our club history our senior hurlers won the Dublin County Senior B Championship. In ideal weather conditions the Barrs and their opponents St Pats gave the big crowed a great game of hurling.

As the score line tells there was loads of great scores and action. The Barrs had the best of the first half and led by five points at half time. St Pats hit a purple patch ten minutes into the second half scoring 2-2 in a ten minute spell to go three points up.

Then the Barrs showed their grit and determination that the club is well known for. We drew level and went a point ahead going into the last four minutes but St Pats drew level going into injury time. Extra time was on the cards when a St Pats defender was adjudged to foul the ball with a hand pass.

Man of the match Stephen Costello stepped up and put the slitor between the posts for a historic win. There was great sense of joy and celebrations after the match. The captain Patrick Whelan gave a great speech where he mentioned the big Gozzy.

The team sang their Gossie song and there was many a tear shed. On the way home to the club the team stopped off at Glasnevin and placed the cup on the Gozzy’s grave. Ger O’Reilly sang the big Gozzy song as the team joined in. this was followed by a great night of celebrations in the club.

To the players, management and everyone involved with this team over the years well done, it is a great achievement. Yet if this team wants too they can go all the way and win an A championship, but that is for another day. You can beat the drums but you cant beat the Barrs!!

Football League Winners 2011

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

On the last day of our festival week our second football team beat Ballymun to secure the division seven title after a fantastic run of wins since February. This team have been unbeaten right through the season with only one point dropped in fourteen matches.

Great credit must go to the management team of David Murphy ,Ciaran Stone, Ray O Reilly, Bridget Sweetman, Davie Farrell and Stephen Gallagher the football coach of the team. This was the football team that our great Gossie last played for and he was looking forward all season to collect a junior league medal which he always wanted.

The lads did not let him down and in a great morning in the Bogies, his son Anthony presented the cup to winning capten Brian Carr. It was great to see all the Costello family in the Bogies for the game. This team are still in the Junior C championship and great expectations are been expected of this team going all the way which would be fantastic.

Management are not sitting on their laurels as there is great work been done getting ready for the championship. It is a great result for the club and hopefully we can keep the momentum going and get our second team into the intermediate leagues which would be great for our senior team.

Hopefully some of this team will progress onto our first team next year. Great credit to management and players for a great season for the team and club. A great article in the evening Hearld by Diarmuid Geraghty on the match and team.

For those looking for photographs contact or visit her website for full details of pictures available.

Leinster Hurling Semi Final

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Seamus McGratten is organizing a bus for the trip to Tullamore on Saturday. There is only fourteen seats on offer, it’s nearly booked out at this stage. Closing date for bookings is today Monday 14th June. Best of luck to Dublin from the Barrs.

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.

One of Our Own

Monday, June 6th, 2011

This poem was composed at four o’clock in the morning, a number of hours after the Big Gozz passed into the other world. Our senior hurling captain Patrick Whelan was the composer and its words are a great tribute to the Big man and his life.


Everyone seems to have their own little story

Some funny some sad, some about championship glory,

Everyone will miss you in their own little way,

Miss meeting you on the street and miss watching you play.

Its so hard to believe that you’ve played your last game

And God has blown for full time, and caused us this pain

But we are greatful to you, and all you have done

As we say goodbye to Finbarrs favourite son

A warrior on the pitch, and off it a gent,

Who never gave less than a hundred percent,

An inspiration to all who played on his team

And when called up for Dublin he lived out his dream

When talking about Gozzy, we could go on for hours

About all his great points and that goal against Towers

To his three sons and daughter and heartbroken wife,

We were his team but you were his life

His devastated parents, who are so proud of their son

Of all his achievements and all that he won

Whose son holds a most special place in our hearts

And though his life has ended, his legacy starts

His son Karl the great footballer, he followed with pride.

A gift he passed to him, from his grandfather’s side

Aaron his youngest, a great player in the making.

Who learned it all from his dad, and the opportunities he’d taken,

Anthony junior who he loved to watch play,

A master of the high ball, through the Costello D N A,

Rachael who recently lined out for the Dubs,

His life work complete, life never so good

It broke all our hearts, to tell you goodbye,

Ans life seems impossible, but we’ll have to try,

We’ve lost a gem, but with the pleasure of known,

That big Gozzy Costello was one of our own,

Patrick Whelan

Our Hero, Our Legend R.I.P

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

This week was one of the toughest in our clubs history. We would like to thank everyone for their support & well wishes. As a community we gave the big man the send off he deserved.

The thoughts and prayers of the whole club are with the Costello family & always will be. Our Hero Our Legend, R.I.P.

Anthony Costello Funeral Details

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The details for Big Gozzy are as follows:

Removal Tuesday evening from Lanigans Funeral Home, Faussagh Avenue, Cabra (departing at 5pm) to the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra West arriving at 5:30pm.

Funeral will be on Wednesday, after 10am Mass to Glasnevin Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to St. Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park.

May he rest in peace.

A book of condolence is open at the club house in memory of Big Gozzy. It will be open all day from 10:30am to 11pm for the next few days.

For those that cannot make it to the club then you can also leave a message on our facebook page or by emailing us at and we will add your notes for you.

All Matches Off

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Due to the tragic death of Big Gossy all games are off. There was also a minutes silence at Croke Park on Sunday to mark his passing.