Pat Barry Listowel Emmets GAA Club
At Emmets we put a huge emphasis on our underage structure and this is evident throughout the year when Frank Sheehy Park or the ‘Sportsfield’ as it is also known, is a hive of activity on those Summer evenings and in particular when our ABC and Saturday Morning Clubs are in full swing. Other notable underage events worth mentioning are our Easter Camp, Cúl Camps and annual John B Keane League and Kieran Corridan Memorial tournaments all of which draw participants from the locality along with teams outside of Listowel. We are extremely lucky to have so many excellent coaches and mentors involved at underage level, without whom none of our success would be possible.
Our first community event usually takes place on St Patricks Day where the club take part in the annual parade and it’s great to see both young and old marching behind the Emmets Flag and Tricolour with plenty of black and amber on show.
We have struck up an excellent relationship with Listowel Tidy Towns Group in recent times and have been involved in many different activities with them which include sending volunteers from all levels of the club out on painting and general upkeep duties around the town. Each Summer we organise a clean-up night from our clubhouse in which Emmets members from the Senior club, Ladies and Coiste na nÓg don their gloves and rubbish pickers and head off in all directions to help make a difference. We are extremely proud of our involvement with the Tidy Towns and are delighted to have helped the group in some small way in their huge achievements of recent times.
The tail end of the year is always exciting and in recent times we have held Family Fun Day’s while also welcoming teams from outside of Ireland including Azure Gaels from France who we are twinned with and also Berlin GAA and St Kierans of London. Another event that we are very proud of is the brilliant ‘Come Dine with Emmets’ night which is really going down a treat among the general public with 30 host houses welcoming guests in to their homes for an evening of fun and fine dining that concludes with music and dancing in the Listowel Arms Hotel.
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There are 25 teams within Listowel Emmets and community involvement is vital to the success and continuation of our club. On a personal level the club is very important to me and plays a huge role in my life. Having lived away from home for several years, Emmets played a big part in helping me and my family settle back in to life in Listowel by giving me the opportunity to get involved. I am aware of numerous other examples of families moving back to the town recently and if there is anyone out there in a similar situation to myself I would strongly recommend getting involved at some level. We are always on the lookout for new members and volunteers and hopefully our club will continue to grow from strength to strength with lots more events and hopefully trophies coming down the line.