On Saturday 10 October, Belgium GAA was honoured to host two of the GAA’s leading lights, London clubs Tir Chonaill Gaels and Tara GFC.
The visiting teams arrived by Eurostar on Saturday morning, primed for battle despite the inclement conditions.
The premise of the day’s games was to pitch the current mens European Gaelic Football champions, Belgium GAA, against the current UK holders, Tir Chonaill Gaels, in a game named the “Exiles Cup” in honour of the many thousands of Irish sportsmen and women who keep the flame of our unique sports burning across the globe.
In what became an exciting double-bill, the ladies of Tara Gaels also travelled from London to take on the mighty Belgium ladies, who recently retained their European crown.
The games took place at our own theatre of dreams, the Stade Militaire in Brussels’ Parc Cinquantenaire. Despite the soggy conditions, the crowds who braved the elements were treated to a feast of football.
In the end, the honours were shared as Belgium beat Tir Chonaill by a solitary point while Tara overcame the BGAA ladies, having weathered a fierce comeback in the closing minutes.
Presentations and speeches took place at the Old Oak, and all were in agreement that the ties established between our clubs will lead to many future games and meetings. Sincere and heartfelt thanks from our side to everyone in Tir Chonaill Gaels and Tara GFC who worked so hard to make the event a success, and we hope to see you back again in the near future.