Our Football Family.

Helping children reach their individual sporting potential through positive, constructive, child-centred coaching.

Based in the Crumlin and south city area of Dublin, Lourdes Celtic Football Club is a volunteer-led community organisation. We're a member of The Dublin and District Schoolboys League (DDSL) and cater for boys and girls of all school-going ages.

Ethos and Development Philosophy

Our ambition is to provide every child with the coaching, the environment, and the opportunity to play football at the highest level.

Our approach helps children reach their individual sporting potential through positive, constructive, child-centred coaching.

And at the heart of our success to-date is a belief in inclusivity and a commitment to kids of all ages, cultures, backgrounds and abilities. Having multiple teams at all age groups, and movement between them, allows us to ensure that every child can progress and have fun developing their skills 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.

Lourdes Celtic places a strong emphasis on coach education with regular internal workshops and financial support to earn FAI/UEFA coaching accreditations.

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, our community, but most importantly – we're loyal to the children, coaches and volunteers who are Lourdes Celtic Football Club.

Coach Education

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.

FAI Football For All

The Football for All (FFA) programme caters for people with a disability who would ordinarily not have the chance to play football and be part of a team. As a registered FFA club, Lourdes Celtic supports children who may struggle to achieve their goals in the competitive environment of underage football. We help kids feel part of a team, train and compete at FAI FFA festivals. Lourdes Celtic FFA programme is one of the largest and longest established in Ireland, with players representing 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

History

Club founders, the late John 'Bowyer" Bradley (far left) and Eddie Roche (far right).

Formed in 1957 in Maryland, Dublin 8, Lourdes Celtic Football Club’s name originates from the Lourdes Road, which was a local focal point in the area at the time. Our inaugural game took place against Annamo Rangers in the Phoenix Park.

The club crest, a green and gold shield held between two heraldic lions, is symbolic of a family coat of arms and a fitting reflection of our community focus. It also features references to the two founders of the club – a roach fish representing Eddie Roche and the tree, the late John ‘Bowyer’ Bradley.

The Lourdes Celtic F.C. club crest had a visual update in 2020 but has remained largely unchanged since its first use over 50 years ago.

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 Eamonn Ceannt Park (Sundrive) in the years that followed. More recently, we’ve redeveloped Old County into an indoor and outdoor astro training facility.

Our indoor astro training facility at Old County Glen.

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.