Category Archives: 2010

Will you meet me on Clare Island?


Wednesday March 17th Paddy’s Day and the drinking is easy, but the hearts and minds of Belgium GAA’s finest are set on the Clare Island Tournament this Saturday 20th March.

Belgium GAA men travel to the soft and craggy isle off the coast of Mayo this weekend seeking to retain the Richard Hayes Memorial Cup. The three-way tournament features the hosts, Clare Island, Belgium GAA and Roger Casements of Coventry.

The same clubs field in the Ladies’ Tournament, with our all-conquering Belgium GAA ladies travelling in strength to try and wrest the crown from the Champions, Roger Casements.

In what promises to be an intriguing three-way tussle, the home team Clare Island ladies will be hoping to upset the apple cart, but Caoimhe Ni Shuilleabhain’s Belgians will be strongly fancied.

Our intrepid travellers will depart Roonagh Pier at 10am on Saturday morning. A long day of football, Gale Force Westerlies, pints of the famous ‘Special’, soup and sangwiches and boogeying the night away to the Saw Doctors awaits.

As the saying goes, “Up the Wesht!”

Meanwhile, tournament organiser Olof Gill is facing somewhat of a dilemma:

“It will be tough challenge for us,” said Gill.

“Which team are you talking about?” asked your puzzled reporter.

“Ah well, eh, I’m confused…honesht to God” said Gill, who is facing a torrent of abuse no matter which jersey he pulls on on the day.

Reports from within the Belgium GAA camp suggest Davy Barrett is lining up a spectacular ambush on Gill, should his colours change.

“I’ll knock him as far as Inishturk, like”, Barrett is reported to have said.

When contacted, Mr Barrett refused to comment.

St Patrick’s Day Festival in Parc Cinquantenaire This Sunday March 14th!

Belgium GAA and FC Irlande are once again jointly organising the fantastic and fun St Patrick’s Day Festival in Parc Cinquantenaire in the heart of Brussels from 11:30 til late this Sunday 14th March.

Festivities will include BBQ and Bar, fun games for all the family, Gaelic Football, Hurling and Soccer, as well as music and general merrymaking…hail, rain or shine!

In the evening the festivities will continue with gusto in Bar 1898 on Rond Point Schuman with traditional Irish music, dancing and even more merrymaking!

It promises to be another famous event marking one of the highpoints of the year for the large and vibrant Irish community and friends in Brussels.

All are welcome and don’t forget to invite your friends and family.

Further info:


FC Irlande and Belgium GAA are running a series of events on Saturday 30th of January to raise funds for two charities which are intimately involved in the relief and reconstruction work in Haiti.

All afternoon, we will have special events during FC Irlande’s home-games. That evening we will have a special FC Idol karaoke event in de Valera’s. And in the weeks leading up to this, many of our members will be running activities to raise funds.

NB Even if you cannot attend any of these, please see below how you can help!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors, de Valera’s, and their partners, ALL the money generated, including bar-profits and perhaps even the cost of the drinks, will be donated, so every penny you spend will go to help people who really really need it.

Not only that, but de Valera’s will match every euro donated or raised as part of this program (up to 20,000 Euros !!!!) – so if you give us one euro, the people of Haiti get two euros.

The two charities who will benefit are MSF, who are deeply involved in both the emergency relief work and the rebuilding of health care later, and Haven, a charity which has already been involved in building safe homes in Haiti and will now be looking to greatly increase its work.

Two of our own are deeply involved in these two charities, with Erwin working for MSF and Conchur already having done volunteer work in Haiti with Haven. So we can be sure that the money will be put to great use!!

Details will follow – but please keep that day free!

Even if you can’t attend our event, do not hesitate do support the causes, by making a donation as outlined below. As you can see below, we have found ways to ensure that for every euro you donate, TWO euros will go directly to help the people of Haiti !!

Make a donation directly to this FC Irlande/Belgium GAA appeal, and our extremely generous and committed sponsors, de Valera’s, will DOUBLE every donation !!! You give us 20 Euros, the people of Haiti will get 40 Euros. Please transfer your contribution directly to the following bank account:

account owner/name: MCCP
communication: Haiti Fundraiser
IBAN code is BE 34 310 1397677 90

No amount is too small (or too large 🙂 )

If you prefer, you can go directly to the charity websites and make a donation. There is no need to mention our event, the only important thing is that your money is going to the right people!
If you are currently employed, take advantage of the tax-deductible opportunity. For example, instead of donating 20 Euros, you can donate 40 and get ~20 euros back as a tax-rebate next year. Note that in Belgium you must donate at least 30 euros to get tax-deductable benefit.

Medicins Sans Frontiers:
MSF keeps spending for HQ support, admin and fundraising at a minimum; in 2008, over 80 cent out of every euro donated was spent of its medical work and advocacy in over 60 countries.
If you work in Belgium, you can make a tax-deductible donation at the following link, which will make your effective donation twice as efficient!:

Haven is a great choice because their work will not stop when the cameras go away – they have been working there even before the quake, and will continue to work to provide better housing for the millions who desperately need it. If you’re in Ireland, you can make a tax-deductible donation to Haven at this link:

If you’re not in Ireland or Belgium, you can still find your local branch of MSF and make a tax-deductible donation there (start from But why not just do an international bank-transfer to the event account and let de Valera’s double your money??