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The House Always Wins…

The House Always Wins

13 July 2011 – The gentlemen footballers of Belgium GAA were in the mood for fundraising/fleecing of late. With this in mind, they organised that most GAA of occasions, a Race Night. School night be damned, the whole club and more turned up in De Valeras to throw their money to the wind.

VIP tables were available to the highest bidders, and were bought by Coca-Cola, FC Irlande, the Perm-Rep, club members, to name but a few, and were rewarded with a personal betting service, free food and bottles of champagne. The rest of the plebs were left to find a good vantage point at the bar, while those with seats were perched on their edges for most of the evening.

Sponsorship on the night was very generous, coming from the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, MEPs Sean Kelly, Liam Aylward and Pat the Cope Gallagher, as well as De Valera’s itself, Six Nations, O’ Reillys, Delish, Kinsale Equestrian Centre, Aspria. The Grand Finale prize came from KTL Power and Telecoms. For more information on the night, the programme (in colour!!) is available here:

The extra-special event on the night was the Belgium GAA Champion Chase, which was won by Conor Mulvihill (horse) and Catherina Horan (jockey). The video of this spectacular event is embedded below:

Many thanks to De Valeras for hosting the event and congratulations to the team of lads, led by the mighty Colin Byrne, who made sure that everything ran smoothly and successfully on the night. The most recent estimation of proceedings was at €2,500, but then Colin went off to Spain for 10 days so that figure may have been depleted.

Fundraising with Belgium GAA

(back row, l-r): JP Mulherin, Dermot Bergin, Fergal Mythen, Kevin Keary, Sinead Fitzsimons, Laura Whiskerd, Anay Rios and Gráinne Ní Fhlatharta
(front row, l-r): Marian O’ Malley, Jess O’ Flynn, Jane Brennan
Missing from photo: Caoimhe Ní Shuilleabháin

Congratulations to the Belgium GAA members who ran the Dendermonde 10K race on Sunday 20 March, raising well over €2,000 in sponsorship for the club in the process. The ladies footballers, who organised club participation in the race, have set a great example for the rest of the club to get raising money in the rest of the year.

Thanks to all those friends, families and colleagues who sponsered the runners.

(Note: everyone is welcome to join Sylvia McCarthy in her replacement race later in the year.)

Belgium GAA Halloween Quiz Night

Come along to our Halloween themed quiz, complete with scary cocktails, spooky music, and the opportunity for you all to get dressed up in your ghoulish gear (optional but preferable). There will be great prizes on offer.

€5 per person, maximum 5 people per table. Reserve early and on time by emailling Laura (


De Valera’s have kindly offered to award a €100 prize for the Best Costume of the Night!!!


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??