The argument that could be made against Erins Isle struggling to survive is that Finglas has a population of near 40 thousand and is the sole gaa club in the area and should have no problems. Reality is different. At an underage level Isles are competing with up to 14 soccer clubs, possibly more. A lot of Finglas people bring their kids to Na Fianna, Ballymun Kickhams and Whitehall. Na Fianna and Ballymun having Dublin players out of their ears and greater on the field success is a more attractive prospect for parents who want their kids to be boys/girls in blue in the future. The in laws who live in the centre of Finglas handed me a flyer that was dropped in their door a few months ago, the flyer was about joining Setanta.
Money is a key factor in developing any club. To make most of the population you’d need the schools hit by more than one GPO. Isles cannot afford that. I think up until this year both Isles and Setanta shared to same GPO. No great use for either club.
It was no great fluke that Isles had a relatively successful juvenile section in the 80s and 90s and led to their footballers contesting 5 county finals in a row. That was down to some excellent ground work by scores of people. Unfortunately people do not have the same time available to them to do the same now.
If as you say the Gaa harnessed the likes of Finglas and Tallaght there could be a bottomless pit of talent there. If they could help get half the shits off their scramblers and playing sport I would not care what sort of a level the child plays at.
Anyway enough ranting. As I said earlier I hope this gives both clubs a shot in the arm to move to the next level. And hopefully on Saturday the game will show that between Finglas and Tallaght we have more than one hurler in Dublin