With more than 100 teams being put out in four different codes — Gaelic football, hurling, camogie and ladies football — club officials believe they are the largest sporting club in Europe, possibly even the world.
“We would field over 100 teams so that question of being the largest sports club in Europe has come with the territory really,” said the club’s football board chairman Ger Flaherty.
“It’s not something we’ve consciously done anything about or gone after. But our ethos would be that if you want to play Gaelic games, then we’ll find an outlet for you and that approach has naturally swelled our numbers. I’ve yet to hear of a bigger club. Maybe there’s a club of some sort in China that dwarfs us, who knows?”
Serving the vastly populated areas of Ballyboden, Rathfarnham, Knocklyon, Ballycullen, Ballyroan and Firhouse, it’s no surprise the GAA club has mushroomed into what has been labelled a ‘super club’.
“It brings all kinds of challenges, the main one being getting volunteers out to organise teams,” said Flaherty.
“That’s a constant challenge, particularly in this day and age when people are pressed for time and you’re asking them to give it up. Facilities are obviously a challenge as well when you have that amount of teams,” he said.