Sunday, October 30, 2011

Players Injury Cover for Limerick pan-Euro football championships

Hi Al,
see below important information as regards insurance cover for next week.....
Dear all
The GAA have confirmed that all players attending coaching sessions, team training or playing games whilst in Limerick for the final football tournament in November will be covered by the GAA Player Injury Fund. See attached leaflet for details.
The Fund is intended to cover players for non-recoverable expenses (i.e. expenses not covered by their own insurance etc).
Please be aware that this is not a full medical or travel insurance scheme.
All ECB club members are advised to ensure that they have appropriate travel insurance and bring their their European Health Insurance card (EHIC) to ALL tournaments.
Best regards

Tony Bass

Entertainment plans for the weekend and other news

Hi all
See below entertainment plans for the weekend .Basically ,reduced entry prices to Sin Bin and ClemSmith's bar......
I am emailing on behalf of Peter Clohessy's Bar, The Sin Bin Nightclub (at Clohessy's) and Clem Smiths Bar. We are on board as official partners to the European GAA Championships in Limerick next weekend. We are looking forward to welcoming all the teams from around Europe to Limerick, the European Capital of Sport 2011. You have a great weekend ahead of ye in sport and we're hoping to add to the weekend with your apres football events!!
Peter Clohessy's Bar & The Sin Bin Nightclub is Munster's top sporting venue, owned and run by Munster and Ireland legend Peter Clohessy, this is the hub of all sporting occasions in Limerick. The bar will be showing all live sports on that weekend (including the Leinster v Munster match on Friday 4th live from the Aviva Stadium). The Sin Bin Nightclub, at Clohessy's will be open on both Friday and Saturday night and special concession wristbands will be dropped to each team in your hotel. Great fun will be had as the Ireland international Rugby League team will be playing France in Thomond Park on the Saturday night and both teams are expected back in The Sin Bin Nightclub to join the European Gaels!
Clem Smith's Bar is Limerick's No. 1 GAA Bar, owned and run by Limerick hurling hero Clem Smith. Clem welcomes all of the European Gaels to the sporting capital of Ireland!! Clem Smith's Bar... for the best value but most of all the best craic!! Shuttle buses will be run between Peter Clohessy's Bar,The Sin Bin and Clem Smiths for your convenience. We really are looking forward to a fantastic weekend of GAA and the craic afterwards too! We hope to meet each team at your hotel upon arrival in Limerick to give ye all a pack with all the information
Other news :
We'llhave one more session tomorrow evening in Slottskogen at 6.30pm.Just a light session and we'll train over by the athlethic tracks if lights arent on.Please try and attend as i want to give you your gear and collect the reg money if you have nt already given it to me.
TV appearance
Catherine Hayes of Gothenburg GAA will appear with Phillip O Connor of Stockholm Gaels on RTE's The Brendan O Connor show on Saturday night to help promote the Irish scene in Gothenburg/Stockholm as well as trying to organise future sponsorship and investment.She is giving up her night in Limerick to go back up to Dublin after the match and do the above.Im her agent so all further interviews through me !!!! Gwan Catherine !!!!!Make Gort proud!!!
Travel Plans
The draw for the matches is not done yet.Irrespective of the draw,( and I know how much troube ye've all gone to ) its going to be an early start so please try and make it to Limerick as early as you can Saturday morning.first match is probably 9.30am and as they will be sticking rigidly to the timetable ,if we re not ready for our first match,we'll have to give a walkover.after all the efforts,that would be a shame.For those travelling Saturday morning,best to go to the hotel if you have time or just go straight to the pitch complex at UL.Ring me if you need directions ....

Quick response please - final confirmation

Hi all
Can u please get back to me today with the following info .. need to send it to Limerick by tonight
1 Does anyone need transport to Limerick from Dublin ( airport or otherwise ) on Thursday or Friday ?
2.Is there any one attending the dogs meeting / meal on the Friday night at Limerick greyhound track ?
Please let me know as soon as possibe..
Also for your interest , see the teams involved in the Shield and the Ladies competition and the revised format !!!!

Men - Shield - 10 teams (2 grps x 3 playing 30min games and 1 Grp X 4 playing 20 min games)
Zurich/St Gallen

Ladies - Championship - 7 teams (1 grp x 4 teams; 1 grp x 3 teams)
Belgium "A"
Belgium "B"
NB: all teams at least 9-a-side with six possibly 11-a-side according to numbers submitted to addition there 3-4 players without teams who could play with the two 9-a-side squads denoted**. Please let me know if there are any other spare players available so that we can arrange squads before arrival.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Trip updates part II

Hello all
just a few reminders that we will have training again next week on Monday and Thursday (same time in Slottskogen @ 6.30pm). Good turnout this week and some good sessions.

As below, can you please give the reg fee as detailed below next week at training? If at all possibe, tks once again

We will have a full mens panel In Limerick (no subs at the moment) so it'll be a long hard tough day.
Dec-Billy-Paul-Shane-Eoin -Adrian Kelly-Adrian Keogh-Niall-Owen-Moses-Mike Glennon..

As i dont know what pitches we'll be playing on,its better to bring blades (as we may be playing on astro turf/syntethic pitch). Can someone help Shane out with a size 12 pair of boots and try and get your hands on gloves, its more than likely going to be wet.

Our ladies will be playing with Copenhagen (subject to confirmation ).

Pending what time we get to Limerick on Friday, there is free entrance to Limerick greyhound track for a race night on the friday night. Otherwise,we'll meet in the hotel on Friday night for a pre-meeting!! Around 9 p.m. probably.. more on this later.

Otherwise, see ye all tonight for a few scoops in the new Dubs in Jarntorget from 8pm on.!!!
Gothenburg ABU !!!!

Trip updates part I

Hi all
just a quick few lines about the trip and training.
We will have training in Slottskogen 2 nights next week.monday and thursday.6.30 pm Slottskogen.Please try and attend one of these

Following people atre confirmed as travelling or attending
Billy-Dec-Niall-Catherine-Mia-Delia-Moses-Adrian Keogh-Adrian Kelly-Eoin O- Owen F-Paul Delahunty-Mike Glennon
Shane and Brendan are waiting on things to see can they travel..
The reg fee for the day is expected to be 35-40 Euro.This covers reg,Lunch and evening meal at the banquet. Gothenburg GAA will cover part of the fee, i.e. 170 sek / 20 EUR. If the Swedish based people could bring the money next week to training and the Irish based players, I'll collect it in the morning of the tournament. Would like to have it paid before we travel..

Keep an eye on the mails as ill have more info next week ...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

ECB Football final round in Limerick - November 5th

Hello all,
see below information about the tournament in Limerick. More information to follow. Let me know arrival and departure details as Tony describes below, there may be a chance to piggy back on some transort. I have gone back to him with our numbers etc..

On 21 September 2011 01:37, ECB Secretary:
A chara,

You will be aware that to celebrate Limerick City's designation as European City of Sport 2011, the final round of the ECB football Championships and Shield will take place in Limerick on Saturday, November 5th.

The programme will include a night at Limerick's new Greyhound Stadium on Friday night (with the ECB Stakes being one of the races on the card!!) See:

The tournament group games and matches up to and including the semi-finals of the various competitions will take place on state of the art 3G astroturf pitches and grass pitches in the University of Limerick (see: on Saturday, November 3rd.

Teams will be transported from hotels in time for Registration which will commence at 08:30 and the first games will be 09:00. Semi-finals are scheduled for 15:00. Lunch will be provided in the with a transfer to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick city afterwards.

The finals of the Shield, Ladies and Men's Championships will commence at 16:30, 17:15 and 18:00. (see for pictures of the Gaelic Grounds)

The gala dinner banquet and presentations with special GAA & LFGA guests will follow a Civic Reception for team captains and mentors at 19:45.

Each team will receive a pack with full information, shopping discount vouchers, souvenir programmes and meal/drinks vouchers upon arrival.

Please note Limerick County GAA board will provide all umpires, linespeople, pitch co-ordinators and registration staff. Thus teams will be free to concentrate on playing and enjoying the finest facilities in the European City of Sport 2011.

Limerick County Board in conjunction with a number of sponsors will be hosting the games and assisting the ECB in providing personnel, transportation between venues and hotels as well as from/to arrival points in Ireland. It also hoped to arrange TV coverage of the finals.

In order to finalise arrangements and pricing for various accommodation and meal packages, I am trying to put together details of requirements for accommodation and transport for the final football round in Limerick.

Therefore I would be grateful if you could send me the information specified in the attached spreadsheet as soon as possible.

Accommodation will be based on twin/triple rooms in 2/3/4* hotels unless otherwise specified.

We will try to arrange transfers from airports or ferry ports, Actual details will be arranged when we see how we can group travelling parties with similar arrival/departure times. It is expected that transport will be free if we can group arrivals together (or at minimal cost, but certainly cheaper than public transport) Transfer between events, games venues and hotels in Limerick will be provided free of charge.

It is proposed to arrange dinner and a night out at Limerick greyhound racing stadium on the Friday night. Lunch will be provided in the University of Limerick restaurants on the Saturday. A gala dinner banquet and presentations will be take place on Saturday night. Obviously costs will depend on numbers, the more we have for each meal, the lower the cost. It is hoped that we can provide two dinners (Friday + Saturday) and lunch on Saturday for 35-45 euro's per person (including registration fees etc).

We expect that teams will probably be planning or have made definite arrangements for travelling therefore we are asking you to please complete the attached spreadsheet* (and save with your club name in the filename)*and return to me by Friday September 23rd.

At this stage a reasonable estimate is sufficient as detailed booking forms will issue next week when approximate requirements are established and prices have been negotiated with suppliers. Our intention is to provide 2/3/4* hotel accommodation at prices significantly below usual rates.

The assistance of the Limerick County Board and sponsors should ensure that teams will not incur costs above the normal (or indeed cheaper) than the usual costs of attending the final round at an ECB venue (excluding travel). If you have not booked travel as yet, a useful site for checking air fare options is, Please note that the following airports should be checked for flights - Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Kerry, whilst ferries from Cherbourg to Rosslare can be checked at

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Is mise le meas,

*Tony Bass*
European Board

Gothenburg GAA Newsletter October 2011 Update

Hi all,
just a quick reminder that we plan to have a little get-together on Friday next October 14th from 7.30pm on in the Dubliners in Jarntorget - just to welcome our new members and talk about our strategies and fund-raising for the off-season well as having a few beers together ...

Gothenburg GAA Newsletter October 2011

Hello all,
just a quick mail to tell you all whats going on in Gothenburg GAA circles this month !

New Members
We are delighted to welcome our newest members to the club :

Delia Ho-- comes to us all the way from Nenagh in Co.Tipp via Luxembourg where she played with the Luxemburg ladies some time back.Welcome to Sweden !!!

Shane is a Chalmers exchange student from Bantry in Cork.He's only here with us until December but is doing his best to get to the Limerick tournament to play for us.He has size 12 feet and is looking for football boots to borrow .Can anyone help out ?

Moses Rodriguez - from Bogata in Colombia.Shone at the first training session.Was hooked on the game when he saw this year's all -ireland final !!!

Welcome to all of you !!!

Pan -Euro Tournament Nov 5th
The following people are now confirmed to travel :
Billy / Declan / Eoin / Adrian / Catherine / Delia / Niall

Possibles ( waiting confirmation )

The following people will be joining us as weekend players in Ireland.
adrian Keogh / Paul Delahunty / Owen Finn

If we are still short players,we will be able to borrow from another team on the day. Looks like we'll have to do that anyway but we'll see. For those who still dont know,please let me know as soon as possible. Accomodation is booked for 9 people still and if this number changes ,I need to tell them in the next few days..

For those interested, I will be driving from Gothenburg to Oslo on for the Thursday 3rd flight at 21.20 and coming back on the 6th on the 5pm flight from Dublin.

Other information : please look at the Gothenburg gaa facebook page. Delia has put up information about a 24hr bus that departs from UL Limerick to Dublin airport. Handy information ..

I will be sending more information about the tournament in the next few days.

Oh yeah, in order to save baggage costs , i will be giving all the players their gear ( jerseys/socks/togs) at training this Thursday night. Please mind them and bring them back safely !!

Training this Thursday night again in Slottskogen at 6.15pm. Meet in usual place.Next week after that ,can we move training to that Monday night,10th instead?

Gothenburg GAA Golf classic
Last Sunday week , we had the first Gothenburg GAA Golf classic. It was a great success and is definitely a yearly fixture now. However,these and all other fundraising events need your support. There will be more events in the next few months so please support them !!!

is mise le meas
Liam O Finn
Gothenburg GAA Club .

Blog from All-Ireland Junior 7's tournament in Dublin Sept 17 2011

Hello all,
last weekend Billy was lucky enough to be picked as part of the European representative side that played in the All -Ireland Junior 7's tournament in St.Jude's Templogue ,Dublin. Here is Dave Barret's ( goalkeepers) account of the day and weekend. For the record, Europe was beaten in the final by Caherlistrane of Tuam , in Co.Galway .
It is well worth a read