St. James Gaels GAA Club (Guinness Athletic Union)
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St. James Gaels or Gaeil Naomh Shéamais in Irish are a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in Dublin, Ireland. St James Gaels GAA Club was formed in July 1994 as the result of the amalgamation of An Caisleán and Guinness GAA Clubs. Both of these clubs had been in existence for many years but were struggling due to the increasing age profile within their respective base areas. Rather than allow two clubs to go out of existence both sets of club officers agreed, following negotiation, to pool resources with a view to forming one strong unit in an effort to keep Gaelic games alive in Walkinstown and surrounding areas. In hindsight that decision taken in mid ’94 has proven to be a correct one.All the members coming into the new club unit immediately pulled together and brought the best aspects of their parent clubs’ into building a better St James’s Gaels while remaining true to the ethos that they brought with them. That ethos had been built up over many years as a result of the great efforts of those that founded and kept alive the two clubs in the past.HistoryAn Caisleán’s roots can be traced back to a couple of weeks’ after Dublin’s victory over Derry in the 1958 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final. A group of church stewards in Walkinstown Church decided, in the aftermath of Dublin’s success, that the newly constituted parish needed its own identity and that a parish GAA Club was an important part in promoting that identity. With the blessing of the parish clergy they formed CLG Naomh Gearóid (St Gerard’s) and went on to become a powerful force in the local community.