A trio of Dublin clubs with rich histories in Bangor Celtic, Greenhills and Green Park have officially amalgamated to found Bangor GG Football Club.
The new outfit will play in the Leinster Senior League Senior Division with its Saturday team operating in the LSL Major Saturday tier. Both sides will host their home fixtures at Greenhills.
Bangor GG Treasurer Eddie Kearney (previously Treasurer of Bangor Celtic), said of the news: “Football changes all the time and we’re always looking for the next opportunity for our club to progress and grow within the community.
“With that in mind, we are delighted with this merger with Greenhills Green Park FC being agreed and we look forward to moving from our current homes at Iveagh Grounds and Rathfarnham to the fantastic facilities at Greenhills.
“We are so pleased to be remaining in our D12 locality and we’re very grateful for the welcome we’ve received from our new team-mates, supporters and colleagues. This is a new beginning and an exciting transformation.”
With a new club crest and new kits already in production, Kearney’s optimism has been readily echoed by Chairman Rob Macken, who welcomes a second merger for Greenhills and Green Park in the space of nine years.
Macken said: “We amalgamated the senior teams of Greenhills and Green Park back in 2010 and this next merger with Bangor Celtic brings three great clubs from the Dublin 12 area into one force; and it’ll be a real force in footballing terms.
“We’re very proud of our history and especially the run of promotions that brought us to senior football back in 2005. Only goal difference prevented us moving up even higher since but now, stronger together in this new era, we plan to climb rapidly.”
Bangor GG will extend a warm welcome to supporters of all three historical clubs and hopes to become an even stronger pillar of the D12 community than the sum of its parts.