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team spirit Top Dublin GAA club throws down the gauntlet to all clubs to rise to ‘Jerusalema’ challenge

A top Dublin GAA club has thrown down the gauntlet to fellow clubs here in Ireland and across the Atlantic, to the GAA in New York, to rise to a new ‘Jerusalema’ challenge.

Erin Go Bragh GAA Club in Dublin 15 has created a super new video that was inspired by the Garda viral dance sensation that has taken the internet by storm.

The huge club that caters for more than 1,300 members across various disciplines, put together the dance video over one day last Sunday.

Club secretary Basil Grimes explained how they had 17 family bubbles come forward at different set times to the pitches near their clubhouse, in compliance with Covid restrictions, where they each went through their routines.

The various participants practiced at home before they arrived and then each were filmed separately.

The video was then put together and shared on the club’s Facebook page where it is getting a huge reaction.

‘Yes, it was inspired by the Garda one after they set out their own challenge,” Basil said. “So, what we've done now is, we have challenged five other clubs, including two of those close to us, Saint Peregrine's here in Dublin 15 and Castleknock GAA club including Ciaran Kilkenny, their Dublin footballer, who is a teacher in the area.

“We’ve also challenged Ratoath GAA Club just up the road here in Co Meath and St Ronan's Club in Roscommon. And we’ve challenged New York GAA too because they do great work over there for the GAA community.

“We had a lot of kids involved and it's all about fun, really, and community spirit.

“That’s the big driver. Things are very tough and over the past six weeks since Christmas, Dublin 15 has been hit hard, as much and more in some ways, than other places so this was generating a real feel good factor.

“Families were out in the fresh air with their kids practicing over the weekend. They came down to their various slots and it was all safely done.

“They met the photographer and they all did their challenge. We had some Irish dancers and we had people do cartwheels and somersaults, it was all very good fun and we then we had over three hours of footage that was all put together.

“All the recording was done over the one day, on Sunday. They each came down and were ready as they had all practiced at home in the garden and by moving all the furniture around the sitting room.

We’re hoping that that challenge will be picked up because we think it’s a good thing for the GAA which is all about the community, here in Ireland and aboard. It can be done safely, and it’s good fun and it’s really positive for families, particularly at this time of year when the weather is a bit dreary.

Established in 1986 with one adult team, the relatively “new” club now caters for every age group from nursery up to adults in hurling and football and lady’s football and camogie.

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