Cabinteely FC has announced the appointment of Dara Carroll as the club’s new Chairperson, and two new board appointees Michael Galvin and Tim Kinsella, to support the continuing progress and development of the club. The new appointees join outgoing chair Tony Richardson who remains on the board.
The appointments come as part of the club’s ongoing commitment to fostering young football talent, competitiveness, community engagement and overall progress in sport.
The incoming board members are long standing club volunteers and supporters of football. Dara is currently head of capital projects and club facilities, leading developments relating to clubhouse, pitches and infrastructure, serving the club’s 1,000 members and over 50 teams; Michael is Age Group Co-ordinator for teams in U16s football and is also formerly chair of the club’s executive committee which oversees all operations. Tim (vice-chair) coaches in the U15s age group and in the club’s football skills academy for younger players. He was previously Age Group Co-ordinator for U18s football.
Board member Tony served as chair of Cabinteely FC since 2021. He is a former treasurer of the club and is also chair of Cabinteely FC’s partner club, Bray Wanderers, providing a dedicated pathway for talented young players into national league football. In his role as chair, Tony has been instrumental in driving recent club developments including investments in facilities, systems, equipment and coaching.
Dara Carroll, Chairperson, said, “I look forward to working with our executive and football committees, all our managers, coaches and members to continue the progress and development of our club for the players and wider community who we serve. I particularly thank Tony and outgoing board members Oisin Ledwidge and Gary Lewins for their exceptional contribution to our club.
“Cabinteely FC is renowned for its commitment to providing a quality atmosphere for young people to grow both in sports and as individuals. We’re steadfast in our dedication to the development and success of our players at every level in our local, regional and national leagues. We’re looking forward to working with all of our friends, sponsors, supporters and the entire community to continue the great work that has sustained our club across generations for nearly six decades to date.
“We’ll be continuing to invest in our future including the high-performance skills of our coaches and managers at every level, along with ongoing upgrades to our facilities. We recently renovated our clubhouse including a new café and shop for our teamwear, invested in match video systems, installed high-quality dugouts on our all-weather pitch and upgraded our equipment and storage facilities.”
Cabinteely FC has an ethos of ‘football for all, from small to tall’, catering for boys and girls of every age and ability from beginner Cubs and Kittens at U5s (school of excellence) to U18 premier level in the Dublin & District Schoolboys/Girls League (DDSL), also including national league development teams, and the Leinster Senior League. The club has teams in the Metropolitan Girls League (MGL), the Eastern Women’s Football League, and Amateur Football League (over 35s). Cabinteely FC also has dedicated Special Olympics teams and Football for All ensuring inclusivity and participation for everyone in the community. The club runs a renowned Mini World Cup tournament for young players in summer each year, taking place once again in June 2024.
Dara continued, “There are some great developments taking place in Kilbogget Park including investments by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in a state-of-the-art full size new football pitch, a new running track and upgraded gaelic pitch with new floodlights. We enjoy a strong relationship with other clubs in the park including Cabinteely Athletics Club, Cabinteely GAA, Foxrock Cabinteely Ladies GAA and Seapoint RFC. I look forward to continuing our friendship and co-operation with each of our neighbouring clubs.”
“The management and administration of Cabinteely FC is supported by volunteers at every level. It’s a huge team effort which benefits everyone across our community. As Cabinteely FC continues its progress, I’m very happy to reaffirm this commitment to our core values including the development of young talent to the highest possible levels, the promotion of individual sportspersons and teams, and the strengthening of our community ties through football,” said Dara.
Everyone at the club wishes Dara well in his new role.