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.

St Colmcilles Under 6s & 8s Presentation Evening

It was a great night at the club last night as the Under 6s & 8s teams got together for their presentation evening. There were more than 25 players present with their parents which just goes to show how brilliant this year has been for our youngest age groups in the club. Hopefully this will continue next year and for years to come.

All players received a medal and a certificate for all their fantastic work an effort throughout the year. Managers Rory and Kevin were there to congratulate each of them on their great year playing Gaelic Football for St. Colmcilles.

There were also a few special awards for some players who showed outstanding effort and ability. They were:

Team Player – Izzie Scully
Most Improved Player – Jonny Cosgrave
Setanta Trophy – Owen Keane
Cú Chulainn Trophy – Jack Burke

All photos from the night can be found in our Gallery.

Gaelic For Girls U14s Team Win Tournament

Yesterday was a fantastic day for the future of Gaelic Football in St. Albans and Hertfordshire.

The Gaelic for Girls U14s Team after winning all 3 of their matches

The Gaelic for Girls U14s Team after winning all 3 of their matches

The Gaelic for Girls training program that is underway at St. Colmcilles got their first competitive outing in a tournament held in Cotlandswick that contained 2 teams from London and 2 teams from Claddagh Gaels in Luton.

After 5 weeks of training and learning the game of Gaelic Football, the new St. Colmcilles U14s Girls team were delighted to get out onto the pitch to try out their newly acquired skills.

They absolutely hit the ground running as they won all 3 of their matches. It was great to watch as all of the players, some of whom had never played, or even watched, football until recently, took to the game naturally and scored some brilliant goals and points.

The girls will be out again in three weeks in another mini tournament before its off to the All Britain Championships in July. In the meantime, training continues Monday evenings from 7pm to 8pm at the St Albans Irish Club (AL2 1DW).

A big well done to all the players and also to the manager Neil and coaches Ellen, Eilís and Laura who were awesome yesterday and a massive thank you to Active St Albans who support the Gaelic for Girls program at St. Colmcilles.

More photos can be found here.

Colmcilles Abú!!

Active St Albans

St Colmcilles Under 10s Playing in London Tournament

The St Colmcilles Under 10s who were in action in the London tournament this weekend. The team won all of their matches in the tournament.

The St Colmcilles Under 10s who were in action in the London tournament this weekend. The team won all of their matches in the tournament.

This weekend saw the Under 10s take part in the London Tournament this weekend in Greenford. They won every match that they played, representing the club fantastically. More photos of the team in action can be found here.

St Colmcilles Under 16s In Hertfordshire League Final

St Colmcilles Under 16s In Hertforshire Gaa

League Final

Best of luck today to the St Colmcilles U16s as they compete in the Hertfordshire League Final.

They take on St Dympnas at 3pm in Sundon Park.

All support would be greatly appreciated as the U16s look to continue a successful year. Colmcilles Abú!!

Hopefully there will be similar scenes to last year when the Under 16s won the League in Cotlandswick, St Albans.IMG_4485

St. Colmcilles GAC Nursery GAA Programme

St. Colmcilles GAC Nursery GAA Programme

St Colmcilles GAC will be running a new Nursery GAA Programme for boys and girls aged 4-7.
This will be a great chance for kids to try something new, develop new skills, make friends and most importantly have fun!

This will be run through June and July, every Wednesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the St Albans Irish Club.

All newcomers are welcome to come and join.
For more information please contact Andy Clifford on 07935757211

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St Colmcilles Under 16s Win Championship

St Colmcilles Under 16s Are Champions

The Under 16s Championship winning team pictured with their trophy.

The Under 16s Championship winning team pictured with their trophy.

St Colmcilles Under 16 team won the Hertfordshire Championship on Wednesday 27th May in Cotlandswick, St Albans. They beat St Dympnas of Luton by a score of 2-07 to 1-04.

A fantastic result from the team as they continue to bring success to the club as most of the team were involved in last year’s League success at Under 16 level. Proud managers, Martin Reynolds and John Ryan are pictured above after the team were presented with their trophy.

Team included Ben Aldridge, Fintan Quirke, Jordan Reynolds (Captain),  Max August, James Ryan, Owen Griffin, Oliver Pontefract, Sean Walsh, Shane O’Shea, Michael Mullins, Tom Murphy, Michael Mullins, Connor McCallion, Ben McAndrew, Ethan Reynolds, Luke Habberfield, Tom Masterson.

St Colmcilles Under 16s Win League

St Colmcilles Under 16s Win LeagueIMG_4485

St Colmcilles Under 16 team won the Hertfordshire League on Saturday 4th October in Cotlandswick, St Albans. A fantastic result from the team as they continue to bring success to the club as most of the team were involved in last year’s success at Under 14 level. Proud managers, Martin Reynolds and John Ryan are pictured above after the team were presented with their trophy.