Many congratulations to Belgium GAA stalwart Willie Cashin, who last weekend in Madrid was elected Chairman of the European County Board (ECB).
Willie, a dedicated hurler as well as this year’s all-conquering ladies football coach, is a GAA man through and through, and the club is enormously proud to have one of our own in such an important position as we approach 2010.
Willie was elected thanks in no small part to the hard work and tireless lobbying of the Belgium GAA delegation at the ECB AGM which took place in Madrid, Spain on 5-6 December. Club chair Olof Gill, vice-chair Kevin Keary, secretary Becky Mattes and Spanish Ambassador Anay Rios went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the “Tipp Lip” landed the big job.
Congratulations also to our other club members who won positions on the 2010 County Board:
Dave Barrett: Games Development/ Coaching Officer
Kevin Keary: Club Development Officer
Becky Mattes: Camogie Officer
With such a wealth of talent and experience between them, Barrett, Cashin, Keary and Mattes will do their best to ensure that Belgium GAA’s player interests are represented at the top level, and will work hard to improve GAA on the continent as a whole.
Comhgháirdeas a chairde, agus Nollaig Shona Dhíobh go léir. Happy Xmas everyone, and see you in 2010.
The Belgium GAA Committee
Corcaigh, 10th November 2009
The authorities in Cork, more commonly referred to as ‘shades’ or the ‘5-0’ are growing increasingly concerned over the reputation of one of their most respected local GAA players, a Mr. Dave Barrett from Kinsale.
“Dilly-Dally Davey,” as he is fondly known by local GAA aficionados, caused bloody riots and mass suicide in rebel country earlier this year when images of him playing soccer – “foreign games” – were circulated in local media. Continue reading ‘Dilly-Dally’ Davey’s soccer shocker
Better late than never, here are the match reports from the Rennes Gaelic Football tournament held on Saturday, 3 October.
For the usual sharp analysis of the Belgium Men’s A team performance, please see D. Barrett’s blog.
Below are the tournament reports from (1) the Men’s B team, courtesy of our own burshting Breton Matti Bertrand, and (2) from the Ladies team, courtesy of the irrepresible Sylvia McCarthy. Continue reading Match Reports, Rennes GF Tournament
The Grand Slam plus one – Five in a Row – European Hurling Champions! Belgium hurlers travelled to Den Haag for the final tournament of the European Hurling year on Saturday to line out against a depleted Den Haag side. For numerous reasons Lux, Zurich and Paris all failed to travel. With the championship already won there was only pride and enjoyment to play for and the two sides set about doing just that. The format for the day was three 20-minute periods and while Belgium comfortably rotated players throughout the game the beleaguered Den Haag squad all played the full 60 minutes. Continue reading Belgium GAA hurlers issue reply to Kilkenny’s 4 in a row
Belgium GAA’s own Olof was back with his own kind over the weekend as Clare Island entered the ferocious All-Island football tournament. The Clare Islanders, who had previously faced stiff competition in Belgium, were one of eight islands from Donegal to Cork who were prepared to battle for glory against some of their most hated rivals. Details of the weekend tournament are difficult to come by and few attempts have been made to communicate as it is assumed that legendary levels of intoxication will have rendered almost everyone involved completely incoherent. What is know is that both the men’s and ladies’ squads of Clare Island returned home victorious and Belgium GAA salutes them both!
(Editor’s note: before we give the floor to the epic tournament report, Belgium GAA is pleased to report that our Ladies football team retained their European Championship in style in Copenhagen on 29 August. Following hot on the heels of our hurlers, this is the club’s second silverware of the year. Well done, ladies!)
A report on the Copenhagen Tournament. All fact, no fiction.
Conflict in Copenhagen: Alarms, Alcohol and a bit of football
Perspicacious observers saw the danger lurking in the wings. The Beatles, they said, the boot thrown at Beckham. Maradona, the Supremes, Simon and Garfunkel… Yes indeed, all too often success can sow the seeds of its own destruction, the warm bonds of friendship fissure into the chasms of bitter rivalry, intoxicants and stimulants stain the purity of sporting promise. Continue reading Belgium Ladies retain European Crown
Thanks to the creative efforts of Conan and our success on the pitch there’s a buzz growing about Belgium GAA. Don’t believe me? Check out the programme of the upcoming All-Ireland Final between Cork and Kerry and you’ll find Belgium GAA prominently featured. And really, with a club as good looking as we are it’s a wonder they didn’t ask us to do the centrefold!
…didn’t go to one of our teams, instead, it went to Conan Mac Oscair for his design of this very website. This is the first time that an overseas club has won a McNamee Award and it proves that on the field and off Belgium GAA can compete with the best.
Don’t believe me? This is what Croke Park said about our site:
Best Website – Belgium GAA, Brussels, www.belgiumgaa.com
The site has excellent design features with notable integration of current web trends such as a blog feature, forum and Flickr integration. In addition, as an overall service to GAA fans in the region – the site has excellent news features, modern up to date content whilst employing outstanding usability and coding standards. Overall, a first rate site.
Click on the link to read about the other winners.
Congrats once again to Conan for all his hard work being recognised!
(Editor’s Note: the following is the Munich tournament report detailing yet another triumph for Belgium GAA’s footballing women, written by the irrepressible Whisk)
Belgium A + Belgium B + injured supporters Ana & Lorraine + Coach W + Avril Brennan = Ladies Winners of Munich tournament 2009!!
Well, where to start – yet another incredibly successful tournament for Belgium GAA Ladies footballers!
We all set off for Munich on Friday at various points throughout the day – most of us by plane. Some of the less fortunate among us, namely young Avril Brennan, who has been taken under the wing of Belgium GAA ladies, had to travel in a car for 11 hours with some of the Belgium boys (names cannot be revealed for legal reasons). Needless to say upon her arrival at 3am she was so disorientated that she woke up myself and Jane saying that she could not go to sleep in her room with Rosine as somebody else was in her bed. Note: there was no one there. Sigh. Continue reading Munich Tournament Report: The Ladies
As well as playing a central part in helping Belgium’s hurlers sweep to an unstoppable 2009 European Championship victory, Meathman Conor Aylward secured even more silverware for the club in July when he won the European Poc Fada competition. Aylward, pictured here demonstrating his unique Poc Fada stretching technique to Maria “Bomber” Brosnan, beat all comers to take the title, ritually humiliating the club’s many Corkmen who have since threatened to go on strike. Well done Conor.