03 Dec 2021

'Little Naas' no more as Two Mile House join the top table


'Little Naas' no more as Two Mile House join the top table

Two Mile House celebrate their IFC success a they now move into the senior ranks

Many moons ago, and I mean many moons ago, back further than I care to remember at times, Two Mile House consisted to all intents and purposes of disgruntled Naas players who could not get a game, along with players whose first call and first love was in the junior soccer scene.
When championship time arrived The House would invariably line out, provided there was no soccer clashes, with decent teams but never made any real lasting impact.
At that time Two Mile House GAA Club would often be referred to as 'Little Naas' mostly by disgrunted Naas GAA folk.
Only recently in a local watering hole in the county town, and amid some slagging and banter, the term cropped up in conversation again.
I hadn't heard of it for years and needless to say kept my distance from the conversation.
Over the years though Two Mile House have gone through what can only be described as a major transformation. With some influential people getting involved in the club, facilities were improved beyond recognition; work at underage level began to pay dividends and the club began to grow and flourish.
It was back in 2013 that 'The House' made the big breakthrough, and not only in Kildare.
They were crowned junior champions, going on to be crowned Leinster champions, defeating Hunterstown Rovers of Louth in the final.
And it didn't stop there, under manager Jarlath Gilroy 'The House' went on to capture All Ireland honours in early 2014 , defeating Fuerty of Roscommon, hitting five goals in the process.
It was the stuff of fairytales.
Two years ago, as is nearly the norm at intermediate level in Kildare, Two Mile House lost an intermediate final when going under to Round Towers after extra time, in somewhat controversial circumstances.
But like all good teams, they dusted themselves off, got back on the pony and on Sunday got their reward being crowned Kildare intermediate champions.
A great achievement for such a small club but the icing on the cake is even bigger as Two Mile House will now dine at the Top Table of senior clubs come the season of 2019, while also playing in this season's Leinster Intermediate Club Championship, a game scheduled for Saturday week (October 27).
It has taken a lot of graft, a lot of hard work, a lot of fund raising (something they are exceptionally good at).
The club now have representatives on Kildare teams from senior down to minor and of course have in their captain Peter Kelly an All Star recipient from 2010.
So as The House enjoy their great victory this week their achievement(s) can and should be used by all clubs, especially the small rural clubs, just what can be achieved if the effort, determination and with the right folk in the driving seat.
One thing is for sure the term 'Little Naas' is finally well and truely buried.

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