Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games, March 22nd 2013

Dear All
Apologies for the group email, but I would like to formally extend an invitation to you all to take part in the 2013 Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games to be held here in Dubai on the weekend of Friday March 22nd next. I have attached the official invitation and flyer for the competition, and with the strength of GAA in mainland Europe expanding every year, it would be fantastic to have some European teams at next years event.
We have had the pleasure of hosting teams from Ireland, UK, mainland Europe, South Africa, India and Asia as well as the Middle East, and I would like to add more European teams that the one we have hosted in the past 5 years.
The main bullet points to note are as follows:
  • The tournament will be held on Friday March 22nd in the Emirates Sevens Complex here in Dubai. The GGG has grown tremendously in past years and we had over 600 players this March. We hope this trend continues in '13. The Sevens is a world class facility, which has impressed every travelling team we have been fortunate enough to host. 
  • The format in all codes is 9 players a side, from a panel of 12 and the games are 7 minutes per half.
  • Accommodation varies wildly in the city from 7 star luxury to much more affordable accommodation. We can cater to your every need. We have the experience now of hosting this for many years and I have an excellent team in place that will help make your stay in Dubai truly memorable. Basic accommodation can be found for as little as €30 pp sharing per night. 
  • Currently flights start at approx €450 ex  Sweden / Norway / Finland and ideally you would fly on Wednesday and back the Sunday. Flights into Dubai or Abu Dhabi will be fine as they are close to each other.
  • The standard of Gaelic Games has progressed to a very competitive level, and it surprises visiting teams just how skilful, determined and tough the players here are, so you can expect a good challenge across the codes.
  • This is a unique chance to play against teams from other parts of the world that you may never experience again. This is a huge attraction for teams coming to Dubai, not just the great weather and craic here, but on a GAA level, this is one competition that is unlike every other.
  • We will have inter-county referee's from Ireland on duty to ensure the quality and safety of play while maximising the enjoyment for each player at all times. 
Please have a look at the attached and come back to me with any queries you may have. 
Kind Regards,

GGG 13 Invitation
GGG 2013 Flyer

Gothenburg GAA Newsletter October 2012 - Part 1

Hello all and welcome to the October edition of Gothenburg GAA newsletter ( Part 1 )
Im in the middle of writing a season review but I just want to let you know of current happenings.Its been a marvellous year for us with the establishment of our ladies team and our involvement in a lot of top-class matches and tournaments.Its always good to commend good achievements and i just want to inform you of the following:
Gothenburg GAA becomes part of Europe
For the second year running ,Gothenburg GAA was represented on the Europe team which played in the annual St.Jude 's 7 a side Junior competition in Dublin in Septemeber All-ireland weekend.This is a very high standard competition where the junior A football champs from all 32 counties send a 7 a side panel.This year Mal Keenan represented Gothenburg and he played with distinction and reached the semi-final.A report on the tournament can be found also on the current European GAA newsletter, ( the link is on the Gothenburg GAA facebook page ) .
In a huge first for the club, Gothnburg was also represented in the Ladies European team which took place in an All-ireland 7 's tournament last weekend.A big shout out to Mia who I must say has been an amazing ambassador for the club this year travelling all the way from Tailinn to Templogue representing us.Well done Mia.....
Christmas Night out
Saturday Nov 24th has been set as the Gothenburg GAA christmas hooly.Details and venues to follow but are all ok with the date ? Let us know
Part 2 of the newsletter will follow next week ...
Gothenburg Abu !

European Ladies 7's make it to Final in Na Fianna's Ladies 7's Tournament

Here are the results of the team Europe who attended the Na Fianna International tournament (29th sept 2012). There were 2 groups of 3 teams each.
Group 2
Europe 1-6 Ranelagh Gaels   1-4, Europe 4-5  Na Fianna (2)  2-3

Semi -Finals Europe 3-7 Na Fianna 1-6

 FINAL Na Fianna (2)  3-5  Europe 1-4

Final Classification 1.  Na Fianna 2; 2.  Europe; 3.  St. James' Gaels; 4.  Na Fianna 1; 5.  Dulwich Harps; 6.  Ranelagh Gaels

- Ciara Mulligan (Stockholm Gaels)
- Emer Kelly
- Silvia Sanz (Munich Colmcilles)
- Emma O’Connor
- Caragh O’Connor
- Jane Brennan (Belgium GAA)
- Mia Bira (Gothenburg Gaels)
- Maeve Breen
- Chiara Sandonà (Rovigo)
- Mònica Duran (Barcelona Gaels)
Shane McDonnell Coach (Lyon)

European Mens 7's Team Finish Third in Saint Jude's Tournament

Top right, Shay O'Doherty European Mens Football Officer, Airy Cleere Gurnsey,Brian Stokes Stockholm,James Flavin , Danny Craven both Den Hague.Declan Graham Stockholm. Front row Mark OKane Stockholm,Dave Barrett Belgium,conor McHugh Gurnsey,Mal Keena Gottenburg,Michael Lynch malmo
Results: St Judes v EU. 5-4 v 3-5 Shercock v EU. 1-5 v 0-4 Bredagh v EU. 1-7 v 1-7 Kilmacanogue v EU. 0-4 v 3-4 1/4 finial Hospital/Herbertstown v EU. 3-3 v 1-11 Semi O'Donnells v EU. 4-2 v 0-7

Latest Edition of the European GAA Ezine

Lads and Ladies, Drum roll please Europe GAA's Fifth eZINE with news, results, podcasts, pictures, events and build up is now launched. Spread the word, lets get it out there, fantastic things are happening in European GAA.

Brian Clerkin PRO

# 435 Pan Euro 2 Vienna Preview

In today’s Podcast we look ahead to Round 2 of the Pan European Men’s & Ladies Gaelic Football Championships which take place this weekend for the first time ever in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
On Saturday some 23 teams from across the continent will be in action at the Sportzentrum stadium with five competing in the men’s championship, ten in the ladies and a further eight in the men’s shield.
Here to preview Round 2 is European GAA PRO Brian Clerkin.

# 427 Pan Europe Round 1 Podcast

The Little Mermaid city of Copenhagen, Denmark played host last weekend to the first round of the 2012 Pan Europe GAA Football Championships with highly competitive games the order at the Kløvermarken Sports Complex.
Teams from 23 clubs across 10 countries were on hand to battle it out for first round points with 2011 European champion Guernsey favorites in the men’s championship and last year’s Ladies championship winners Belgium hoping for a good start to land an unprecedented five titles in succession.
European GAA PRO Brian Clerkin was in Copenhagen and he gives us a full rundown on Pan Europe Round 1 .