From sides, junior to senior, winning promotions and silverware, to the club getting a brand spanking new clubhouse, to a 3G pitch and to nearly signing Dr Eva, it will be a year this great schoolboy club will look back fondly on.
However something else that happened down on Porterstown Road was the introduction of a new Director of Football, Colin Hawkins. When news of the former Coventry, St Pats and Bohs player (Only to name a few) coming to Mochta's broke, there was a sense of delight and a feeling things were going to get a hell of a lot better.
I had the chance this week to chat to Colin about his career in football both here and abroad and what brought him to the Clonsilla outfit.
What was it that got you into playing football?
Well I'm one of ten kids from Galway, I have six brothers and none of them ever really played, one or two of them played with schoolboy clubs but none of them ever really went on to play, that and my dad was into athletics so there was never really a soccer history in the family but it was something that I just started playing when I was about seven or eight, we had a great team in Galway, Newcastle United and that's where I fell in love with the game.
What was your youth career like from the time you were at Salthill to when you moved to Coventry in 95?
I was lucky enough, I represented the Galway towns side in the Kennedy Cup and that's where I started getting noticed by the big hitters in Dublin, so I started representing Ireland at fifteen and sixteen so as a result I spent a lot of weekends in Dublin for training and matches or we'd be away playing international games so that was a great experience.
I left Newcastle about the age of sixteen when I went to Salthill Devon and played in the Connacht Senior League because I wanted to toughen up as I had signed a contract to go over to Coventry after I had finished my Leaving Cert. I think playing in that league stood to me as I was better prepared when I went over.
Having broken onto the scene at Coventry City, what prompted you to move back to Ireland
It was very simple, I was shown the door by Gordon Strachan, the club at the time were in what's now the Premier League, I was playing reserves, which was the most I got up to, there were probably about seven or eight center half's ahead of me, Strachan had only taken over and he had released quite a lot of us young lads at the time, which happens every year.
At the time you think it's the end of your world and it's heart breaking stuff and I remember breaking down, I'll never forget having to ring my parents to tell them I'd be coming home in the next couple of days. They are just the things though that make you stronger in the long run so that was it and I came home.
I was lucky enough then to have the whole Malaysian experience happened in the next month, where I got picked for the Irish Under 20's with Brian Kerr, which was a real pick me up, then on the back of that, I had a few more offers to go back to England but Pat Dolan persuaded me to join the League of Ireland with St Patricks Athletic.
The Under 20's experience was the first time I had come across him, he had his days with St Pats but he had quickly brought a squad together and I think that was one of his biggest attributes, the way he got a team spirit out of our group and we were in Malaysia for the best part of seven weeks, we thought by the group stages we would be gone, but bit by bit we progressed, we went on to beat Ghana to get third and then narrowly beaten by Argentina, who went on to win it.
I've incredible memories from that, Brian was a huge influence in my career, even though I was only with him for those few weeks.
What was your reaction to Brian's treatment by the FAI, when in charge of the senior team
I was very disappointed for Brian because his record was very good and for me, any manager that could persuade Roy Keane to come back, it was his biggest feat for me.
He did very well with that senior team, an awful lot of those players wouldn't have known much about him, other than hearing that he had done very well with the young teams. He's very intelligent, when I watch a game on television, he's the only one for me who talks a bit of sense, he knows everything about every player, he does his research very well.
It's very disappointing that he's not involved at the highest level with our under-age teams.
It's a great story I like telling the kids at St Mochta's, it was coming up to 10 years to the time I had been let go by Gordon Strachan and I had a couple of spells in the League of Ireland and won a few leagues and I had a spell at Doncaster too but I had just won the league with Shelbourne over here, I had just got married and my agent at the time rang me and told me there was interest from a Championship club and they want you to go over for a three day trial and if you do well, theres a two year contract there waiting for you, they were looking for a center half very quickly, they were second from bottom in the Championship at the time.
I hadn't been doing anything over six weeks with getting married and I asked my agent what club it was and I couldn't believe when he told me Coventry, the trial had gone really well, went in and signed the contract and I was straight in the following Tuesday to play against Lutton and we went on a brilliant run, then Ian Dowie came in as manager and had a great time with him.
So It's a good story to tell that I had been released, I then worked my way back up and ten years later went back to the club where I had been released and straight into the first team and did well only then to be hampered by an Achilles injury but they are the blows you have to take in football.