St Colmcilles 2017 Youth Presentation Event

St. Colmcilles will be hosting an End of Year Presentation Event for our Youth teams.

2017 has been a fantastic year for all our youth teams and we want to get everyone together to celebrate and recognise these achievements and the hard work that all of our young players, as well as their parents and coaches, have put in all season.

There will be a Gaelic Football Blitz for the Under 8s & Under 10s starting at 2.30pm.

This will be followed by the presentation of awards for all Youth teams including medals and certificates. There will also be food and drink and some music in the Irish Club.

We hope that you can come and make it a great day to celebrate.

More information here.

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2017 St Albans City & District Sports Awards Ceremony

It was an amazing night for St Colmcilles GAC at the 2017 Active St Albans City & District Sports Awards Ceremony last night.

In 2016, the club won the Community Project of the Year Award for the Gaelic 4 Girls initiative which started our Under 14s Girls team and this time we had received 4 nominations for this year’s awards.

Neil Gallagher was nominated for Male Coach of the Year for his work with the Under 12s team and the Under 14s and 16s girls’ teams.

Both the men’s and ladies’ senior teams were each nominated for the Sports Team of the Year Award and St. Colmcilles, as a whole, was nominated for the Community Club of the Year Award.

The club won the Community Club of the Year Award and received Recognition Awards for the other nominations.

This is a fantastic achievement and something that we all, as players, coaches, members, parents and supporters, should be very proud of. Thank you to everyone who makes our club great. Well done all!!

Colmcilles Abú!!

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp – Day 3

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

 

Day 3 of the St. Colmcilles Cúl Camp was great fun once again with everyone enjoying the day as the camp drew to a close for 2017. Well done to all the kids who took part in the camp and made it the great success that it was.

The club have to say a massive ‘Thank you’ to all coaches from both the men’s and the ladies’ senior teams who helped out over the 3 days. John O’Dowd, Daithi Breen, Odhrán Gallagher, Thomas Patrick Kieran Maloney, Bob Canty, Kevin Devlin and especially Naomh Ní Mhongáin were fantastic in running the Cúl Camp, ensuring that all the kids had a great time and got the most from the 3 days. Also a big ‘thank you’ to Rory Norris and Naomh for organising the camp and making sure it was a brilliant success.

There are still a few more weeks left in the underage season with Wednesday trainings at the club, a few blitz competitions and finishing with the St. Colmcilles Blitz and the Underage Presentation Evening on the 30th September at the St Albans Irish Club – Official. More information to come on this evening soon.

 

The dates have been set for this year’s St. Colmcilles Cúl Camps. This is a great opportunity for young kids to experience Gaelic Games, whether they are regular players or are taking part for the first time. It is a great chance to meet new people while taking part in three days of action packed activities with qualified coaches and learning or improving new skills.

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St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp – Day 2

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

 

Day 2 of the St. Colmcilles Cúl Camp was exposed to the elements but, the rain didn’t dampen the spirits and all the kids (and the helpers) had loads of fun once again.

Coaches from both the men’s and the ladies’ senior teams were there again teaching the kids and helping them to have a great time. A quote from one coach: “Safe to say, the future of the club is in good hands with these lot”.

The final day of the Cúl Camp is today from 10am to 3pm. It’s not too late to come down and join in.

 

The dates have been set for this year’s St. Colmcilles Cúl Camps. This is a great opportunity for young kids to experience Gaelic Games, whether they are regular players or are taking part for the first time. It is a great chance to meet new people while taking part in three days of action packed activities with qualified coaches and learning or improving new skills.

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St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp – Day 1

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

 

The St. Colmcilles Cúl Camp is underway. Day 1 of the Cúl Camp was a fantastic success and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves, learning new skills, having fun and making new friends.

The weather was fantastic yesterday so lets hope that it continues to be today. There were plenty of coaches from both the men’s and the ladies’ senior teams down helping out and they helped all the kids to enjoy playing football and ensured that they had a great time.

It’s not too late to come down and join in. The Cúl Camp continues today from 10am to 3pm before it concludes tomorrow afternoon.

 

The dates have been set for this year’s St. Colmcilles Cúl Camps. This is a great opportunity for young kids to experience Gaelic Games, whether they are regular players or are taking part for the first time. It is a great chance to meet new people while taking part in three days of action packed activities with qualified coaches and learning or improving new skills.

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St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

The dates have been set for this year’s St. Colmcilles Cúl Camps. This is a great opportunity for young kids to experience Gaelic Games, whether they are regular players or are taking part for the first time. It is a great chance to meet new people while taking part in three days of action packed activities with qualified coaches and learning or improving new skills.

 

Please contact Niamh or James on the contact details above.

 

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2017 ABC – All Britain Competition

Getting all set for the ABC – All Britain Competition All Britain Competition this weekend. Great to see that Hertfordshire Gaa are growing so much and will now have 43 teams competing this year.

Altogether, St Colmcilles have 8 teams, girls and boys from Under 8s up to Under 16s, plus there 3 teams from our local schools, competing over the weekend.

We would like to wish all the players, coaches and all the parents and supporters all the very best in the competition over the weekend but most importantly we hope that they enjoy the experience and have a great time playing gaelic football. Colmcilles Abú!!

U14 Girls – 2016 All Britain Champions

U14 Girls – 2016 All Britain Champions

Hertfordshire Gaa

Our clubs and schools will be well represented at this years All Britain Competition (ABC) which throws in this coming Thursday in London.

We will have 43 clubs and schools participating over the 4 day event and we wish all our teams the best of luck!

Our representation has grown steadily over the last number of years at the ABC:
2014 – 16 teams
2015 – 27 teams
2016 – 32 teams
2017 – 43 teams

A massive effort from everyone in our county!

Hertfordshire ABC school teams:

•Primary Schools
Year 5/6
-St Josephs, Luton x 2
-High Wych Primary, High Wych
-St Teresa’s, Borehamwood
-St Johns, Rickmansworth
-St Martin de Porres, Luton
-Hillborough, Luton
-St Margarets of Scotland, Luton
-Andrewslane, Waltham Cross
-Pirton Hill, Luton

•Secondary
Year 7/8
-Nicholas Breakspear, St Albans
-Joan of Arc, Watford
-St Bede’s, Cambridge

Year 9/10
-St Mary’s, Bishop Stortford
-Nicholas Breakspear, St Albans

Year 7/8 girls
-Joan Of Arc, Watford

Hertfordshire ABC Club teams:

-St Josephs, Waltham Cross – 2x U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, U16 girls
-St Colmcilles, St Albans – 2×8, 2×10, U12, U14, U14 girls, U16 girls,
-St Dympnas, Luton – U10, U12, U16
-Cambridge Parnells – U10, U14
-Eire Og, Oxford – U10
-Glen Rovers – U14, U16
-Claddagh Gaels, Luton – 2xU14 & U16

Hertfordshire GAA Schools Tournament

The annual year 4/5 primary schools tournament took place on Friday 26th May in Cotlandswick, St Albans.

There were 20 teams, 55 games across 5 pitches with 360 children participating, the majority of which were playing Gaelic Football for the very first time.

The teamwork, sportsmanship and all round play was excellent. Well done everyone and thanks to schools, teachers, parents and of course the participants, who were excellent on the day, for supporting the event.

Special mention to the club coaching officers who put in a huge effort to make the day possible.

A couple of videos with coverage of the day has been created and can be seen below.

 

Credit to MQ Video for putting these together for the county. Thanks Mark!

Fundraiser Day for Shay – 21st May 2017

One of our St Colmcilles families is raising money for a great cause.

On Sunday 21st May we are running a fundraiser for Shay and his family. Shay is a 10 year old boy who is part of the St. Colmcilles Gaelic football community here in St Albans.

Shay, unfortunately, was diagnosed with a terminal mitochondrial disease which he has been battling for a number of years. There are only a handful of kids with this syndrome who have survived beyond 5 and the oldest surviving kid made it to 14.

He has shared a bedroom with his parents for most of his life and they are currently raising money to build a palliative care bedroom for him so he can spend less time in hospital.

Shay’s fundraiser will be a family fun day on Sunday 21st May from 11am to 4pm at Oaklands College, St Albans. There will be live music, BBQ, bar, Gaelic football tournaments, beat the goalie and loads to do for the kids with train rides, inflatables, face painting and much more.

Lets all get behind the fundraiser on the 21st May. Any help or donations would be greatly received. You can find more information about this great cause here.

St Colmcilles Gaelic Football Nursery Programme

The St Colmcilles Gaelic Football Nursery Programme for Children aged 4 to 6 is starting on Friday 19th May and will continue every Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm at The St. Albans Irish Centre, London Colney (AL2 1DW).

There are limited spaces so please contact Rory on 07734716153 or E-Mail: RORY.NORRIS@BTINTERNET.COM to book your place.