Our Football Family.
Helping children reach their individual sporting potential through positive, constructive, child-centred coaching.
Based in the Crumlin, Dublin 12, and south city area of Dublin City, Lourdes Celtic Football Club is a volunteer-led community organisation catering for boys and girls from the ages of 4-19 years. We're proud members of the Dublin and District Schoolboys/Girls League (DDSL) and Metropolitan Girls League (MGL).
Ethos and Development Philosophy
Our ambition is to provide every child with the coaching, the environment, and the opportunity to play football to the best of their ability. Our approach helps children reach their sporting potential through positive, constructive, child-centred coaching.
And at the heart of our success to-date is a belief in reflecting the diversity of the community we serve. We're focused on inclusivity and a commitment to kids of all ages, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities. Having multiple teams at all age groups, with movement of players between them, ensures that every child can have fun developing their skills and confidence playing with others of similar ability.
Our coaching philosophy means that we encourage children to be active in their decision making, we allow them the freedom to express themselves on the football field and to learn from their mistakes – with guidance and support along the way.
A Lourdes Celtic team should be identifiable by its fast paced, energetic and attack minded play – supported by positive coaches and parents that encourage all the children in the spirit of the game. Lourdes Celtic always prides itself on our club integrity and dignity, in victory and defeat. We are a family focused club that encourages active participation by all members, players, parents and coaches alike.
Our club motto 'Fortius Quo Fidelius' or 'Strength Through Loyalty' says everything about our character. We're loyal to our principles and our community. But most importantly – we're loyal to the children, coaches, and volunteers who are Lourdes Celtic Football Club.
To help create an environment where children can develop to their full potential, Lourdes Celtic places a strong emphasis on coach education. In addition to child welfare certification and Garda vetting, our Director of Coaching ensures that Lourdes Celtic's philosophy of child centred coaching is being met and that our coaching standards match best practice globally.
Coaches are also encouraged, and supported financially, to undertake FAI and UEFA accredited courses and earn their coaching badges. This is supplemented by regular internal and external workshops led by our Director of Coaching and external sports specialists.
Supporting all abilities with Football for All
The FAI Football for All (FFA) programme caters for kids aged 5-14 with a disability such as Dysraxia, Austism, Aspergers, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, or ADHD – who would ordinarily not have the chance to play football and be part of a team. As a registered FFA club since 2008, Lourdes Celtic supports those who may struggle to achieve their goals in the competitive environment of underage football.
With FAI approved coaches, the Lourdes Celtic FFA programme is one of the largest and longest established in Ireland. Our teams have competed very successfully in tournaments throughout Ireland and the UK. Some of our players have represented Leinster at regional level and Ireland at international level.
For more on our FFA Programme contact us or visit www.fai.ie/domestic/football-for-all/football-for-all-programme
Founded in 1957, Lourdes Celtic's schoolboy football honours are numerous but one of the highlights was a remarkable treble of the League, DDSL Cup and All-Ireland Cup in the late 1970s. The 80s saw the opening of our clubhouse at Old County Glen and the development of further astro and grass facilities at Éamonn Ceannt Park (Sundrive) in the years that followed. More recently, we’ve redeveloped Old County into an indoor and outdoor astro training facility.
The club’s dedication to developing young footballers is evident in the number of past players who have achieved full international honours. These include Niall Quinn, Damian Duff, Joey O'Brien, Leon Best and Andy Reid to name a few. In addition, over 100 past players have gone on to play professional football in both the UK and Ireland.
The club has also had many successful girls’ teams throughout its history with Katie Taylor being a notable international player before swapping her boots for boxing gloves. Conor McGregor is another ex-Lourdes player to have switched sports with great success internationally and is currently the club's main sponsor - McGregor Sports & Entertainment.
With a rich and vibrant history in schoolboy football and a passionate, professional and committed body of volunteers at the club, our future is looking bright. Many more kids will come to wear the famous green and yellow on ‘The Hill’ for many years to come.