Na Piarsaigh Hurling & Football club was founded by a group of schoolboys from the North Monastery School in 1943.
Cad E Nach Bhfeadfaimis A Dheanamh
Is tuar dochais do "Na Piarsaigh" an leabhran seo ar stair an Chumainn, go mor mor, o ta se curtha ar fail ag an aos og. Is fiu cuimhneamh air gurbh aos og gluine eile a bhunaigh "Na Piarsaigh"; ba bhuachailli iad a raibh conai orthu sa cheantar ata teoranta ag Ard-Eaglais Mhuire Naofa, Bother Ri na h-Aoine, Fearann Ri agus Cnoc an Aonaigh agus ba sa Mhainistir Thuaidh a d'fhoghlaim an tromlach diobh an iomaint agus an pheil. Dream ab ea iad a bhain an thaithneamh as cluichi Gaelacha d'imirt ach bhi nios mo na sin uathu; bhi uathu Gaelachas an naisiuin a chur ar aghaidh agus chuige sin bhi socair acu claoi go dluth le cuspoiri Chumann Luithchleas Gael faoi mar a taid scriobhtha sios i gcairt na h-eagraiochta sin.
O thosach (o 1943 go 1953 ach go h-airithe) nior labhair "Na Piarsaigh" ach Gaeilge ar na faicheanna imeartha agus o na taobhlinte. Nior chun imreoiri eile a chur amu as nos sin (ce gur tharla se sin amanntai) ach chun aitheantas a thabhairt don Ghaeilge agus chun i a choiteanu i measc an phobail.
Ar mhaithe le baill agus le neambaill cuireadh ranganna Gaeilge ar bun agus bhi freastal maith orthu. Muinti amhrain do no ranganna sin freisin.
"Eire Shaor Ghaelach". Ghlac "Na Piarsaigh" le mana sin Phadraig Mhic Phiarais mar rosc catha agus is brea moralach a fheachann na focla sin os cionn an staitse i bhfoirgneamh an chumainn. Nara fada uainn an la go mbeidh siad ar gach gaoth da seideann.
Is le meabhru doibh fein is don phobal go bhfuil forsai Shasana i seilbh oirthuaiscirt ar dtire a cheap "Na Piarsaigh" lamh dhearg gan ordog mar shuaitheantas agus fanfaidh an suaitheantas gan an ordog go mbeidh Eire saor o Ghallaibh.
Is doigh liom gurbh iad "Na Piarsaigh" an chead dream a thug mionuir are turasanna i bhfad o bhaile chun cluichi cairdeachais d'imirt. Thosnaigh siad le turas deire seachtaine go Cumann Uinsinn i mBaile Atha Cliath agus ba ansin abhi an suaitheantas are gach geansai don chead uair. Chuaigh na h-oganaigh as moran turasanna fada o shin, fiu go Beal Feirste fein.
Ba mhor an cheatai do "Na Piarsaigh" sna blianta tosaigh nach raibh faiche imeartha da gcuid fein acu ach iad ag dul o phairc go pairc fiu go Pairc an Aonaigh abhi ag an am sin clochach, pollach, salach, contuirteach.
'S ea go deimhin, is mor idir inne agus inniu: Ta aiseanna breatha ag "Piarsaigh" an lae inniu agus ni mhaoidhfeadh aoinne orthu iad. D'fheadfaidis rud ar bith a dheanamh ach cur chuige in am. Cad a bheidh le maoidheamh acu faoi 1993! An mbeidh Chroabh an Chontae bainte acu sa pheil no san iomaint no so dha cheann? Cuimhnigh gur fior nach mbeadh Craobh Iomana no h-Eireann ag Corcaigh i mbliana - bliain Chomoradh cead bliain Chumann Luthchleas Gael - muna mbeadh "An Piarsach" aonair abhi ar an bhfoireann. Cad e nach bhfeadfadh "Na Piarsaigh" a dheanamh ach cur le cheile?.
Go soirbhi Dia do "Na Piarsaigh".
DONNCHADH O MURCHU
Cead Uachtaran An Chumainn
In 1943 a group of idealistic young men drawn mostly from the famed hurling nursery of North Mon. laid the foundations of Cumann Iomana & Peile Na Piarsaigh.
These young schoolboys influenced by their education at North Mon. had a great love for our national culture and games. They felt, and with some justification, that existing clubs, and indeed the GAA itself, were not aspiring to the founding ideals of the Association. They set about change and an informal meeting was held under a lamppost outside No.3 (St.Ita's) Redemption Road. Amongst the attendance were: Derry Terry, Christy Twomey, Liam Connery, Pat Leary, Rev. McCabe, Romey Sullivan, Bertie Dorgan, Theo Dorgan, Sean MacAmhlaoibh, Paddy Sutton, Jimmy Keating, Paudie Collins, Joe Murphy, Bernie Murphy, Sean Corkery.
In an effort to become properly organised the first formal meeting was held in the presbytery of the North Cathedral. Meanwhile, the youthful members in an effort to achieve higher status and greater influence called upon one of their teachers, Donnacha o Murchu, for guidance and assistance. This led to him becoming the first Uachtaran of the club. The following officers were elected at the first meeting: Uachtaran Donnacha O Murchu, Runai Derry Terry, Cisteoir Paddy Sutton.
In choosing a name for the club the members sought one which would reflect their aims and ideals. Padraig Pearse, it was felt, because of his underlying love of Ireland and all things Irish, reflected those ideals admirably. Thus the name "Na Piarsaigh" was adopted.
A set of playing-gear colours (black and amber) was acquired. Later in 1951 the symbolic red hand of Ulster with severed thumb was selected as the club crest after careful consideration. The red hand represents the island that is Ireland, the severed thumb our six north-eastern counties still under foreign rule. The legend is that when Ireland is united the thumb will again rejoin the fingers to create a strong and useful hand.
The newly-formed club, as part of its policy, decided to conduct its affairs as far as possible through the medium of Irish. Indeed the policy extended to the field of play where the players addressed one another in our native tongue. So novel was this approach to GAA affairs that it led to a certain amount of resentment amongst other clubs. The national outlook was then in such a state during what is termed the "Emergency" that any willingness to promote Irish language and culture generally met with strong opposition. The opposition to club activities by the local clergy, in fact, caused us to lose the use of St. Mary's Hall.
In relation to this the then Uactaran Donnacha O Murchu recalls the words of a prominent local clergyman of the day, "We don't want any of that oul' stuff going on here". This, however, did not unduly upset our youthful members who strove all the more to achieve their aims and ideals. By 1946 the membership had grown from thirty to seventy, but, as yet the club had failed to win a title in either hurling or football. However, in the same year the City Division Junior Hurling Championship was won, a historic first and no mean achievement in three years of existence. During this period also, minor teams were fielded but without much success. Training for matches was a problem without a club ground. During this period training took place in such diverse locations as the Lee Fields, Rivers town, The Fair Field, and Browns Field, which was located near the present day Church of the Ascension in Gurranabraher.
As the club grew and expanded in the late forties, the need for a playing field was keenly felt and expressed by the then Secretary Donncha O Griofa in his annual report of 1951 when he wrote: "The lack of a playing field of our own is greatly impeding the advancement of our teams. As members are unable to get sufficient training for matches, they ultimately wander to other codes".
This appeal by the Secretary was to bear fruit six years later when after hard years of fund-raising the club purchased a field at The Commons, Fair Hill. In this eventful year of 1951 the need for a properly organised minor section was strongly mooted. Again, Donncha O Griofa, in his address, referred to this when he wrote: "Films and books cannot teach the game. Give young boys hurleys and footballs and they will do the rest. Encourage them to think they are the coming champions. The success of our club must ultimately rest in the generation to follow".
In 1946 the Club won its first title at Junior level, annexing the City title. However this group of dedicated workers and followers had to wait until 1953 to achieve their finest hour, when the County Junior Hurling title was added. Three Minor Hurling County titles were added in 1961, 62 and 63, in what should have laid the foundations for success at senior level. However disappointment was to follow with heartbreaking defeats in the mid sixties.
In football success at Junior level came with victory in the County final in 1964, followed quickly by County success at Intermediate level the following year. Thus the Club had gone from Junior level to Senior in the shortest possible period. However it was to be the seventies in which much of the groundwork for todays success at senior level was laid with a succession of brilliant hurling teams at under age level.
4 All weather pitches are available for rental during the week. For further information contact Liam on 0879054292.
Indoor hurling arena available all week for rental. For further information contact Liam on 0879054292
A full equipped gym is opened days and evenings at competitive prices for players and members.
A state of the art Function Hall is available for parties and conferences at competitive prices. Music and hot finger food can also be arranged for an extra fee. For further information contact Brian on 021-4306549 after 8pm.
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