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CIE Transport Gaels celebrate matches in Croke Park 2011

Croke Park was the venue as CIE/Transport Gaels G .A. A. Club celebrate 125 years of Gaelic Games in Irish Transport. The games were played at G. A. A. H. Q on Saturday 8th October 2011. 

The first transport club, Henry Grattan, was founded by railway workers at the ‘Inchicore Works’ in Dublin in 1886...   The football match will see the Gaels play a Translink team selected from various Depots in Northern Ireland, while Liffey Gaels, who also descended from the Inchicore Works will contest the hurling Match.  

The club have also organised a half hour Camogie match as a tribute to the Companies most successful team.  Over the years the clubs in various units of the Company have produced many outstanding teams. None more so than the Camogie team who were only beaten once between 1945 and 1954. In 1947 while representing Dublin, they reached the All Ireland Senior Camogie final where they were narrowly beaten by Antrim.

In 1948 history was made when the girls of the CIE club representing Dublin beat Down in the All Ireland Senior final by 11-4 to 4-2.

One of teams many star players was Kathleen Mills who won a record fifteen All Ireland Senior medals that no other player in Camogie, hurling or football has equalled or is likely to equal.Over the Years the workforce of CIE have raised a huge amount of money for various charities and worthy causes and the G. A. A club decided they would use their trip to Croke Park to raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society and Special Olympics Ireland. Former Donegal football player Martin McHugh and his media colleagues will play former Kerry great Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage, Oireachtas selection in a half hour football match. Transport Gaels would like to thank President Christy Cooney, the G. A. A. and the management and staff of Croke Park for allowing our teams the privilege of playing in Croke Park.Saturday 8th October promises to be a wonderful occasion not just for the participating teams but the entire workforce.