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2011 Season Kicks Off

This Saturday, February 19th the 2011 Taiwan GAA season is set to begin with some skills training and a few small games. Training is back out at the Bai Lin Bridge rugby fields as last year.

Some highlights for the season include the SE Asia Games in Hanoi on the weekend of May 14th, and the North Asia Games in Tokyo on the weekend of June 4th.  The culmination of this season is the 2011 Asian Gaelic Games in Seoul, South Korea, on the 15th and 16th of October.

Check out the entire 2011 Taiwan Celts Schedule here.

Football Training is Underway

The Taiwan Celts held their second training of the season last Saturday, March 21st. Another good turnout of men and women largely thanks to the efforts of communications officer Tony Lonergan and his incessant spamming of all foreigners in Taiwan for the last 12 months.

Karsten Tonnesen was even on hand to get some great photos of the action.

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Ladies Training to begin in February

We are currently looking for new players to get involved with the Taiwan Celts Nu’s squad this season.

The new Gaelic football season will begin in February, when we will start introductory training sessions to teach the skills of the game to new players coming along for the first time.

Throughout the season the training will build up to include fitness and skills sessions, as well as regular game practice.

When numbers allow we will organize friendly matches against some local teams, and when possible we will organize challenge tournaments with other ladies Gaelic clubs around Asia.

In October 2010, the Taiwan Celts club will be traveling to the Asian Gaelic Games (AGG) for the 15th time in both the clubs and the competitions history. After a fantastic weekend for the games in Bangkok Thailand in 2009, the hosts for the 2010 AGG will be the Hong Kong GAA.

Around 50 teams from all around Asia participated in the 2009 AGG, with record numbers of ladies teams competing. More again are expected in 2010.

Anyone who is in interested to learn the sport and play with us, you are very welcome to get involved. No previous experience is needed, and we welcome all levels into our club.

Please contact us and register your interest. We will keep you up to date on all the goings on in the club, and upcoming training sessions for the ladies squad.

Gaelic Sports Cast Interview

Freelance Journalist Denis O Brien has set up a sports webcast to track and profile the Gaelic sports clubs and competitions around the world.

First stop on the trail is GAA sports in Asia, and the TaiwanCelts were interviewed last month to talk about the history and development of GAA in Taiwan, and our clubs involvement in setting up the first Gaelic Games in Asia back in 1996.

You can listen to Taiwan Celts Communications Officer Tony Lonergan speak to Denis about our Mens and Ladies GAA teams, and how just about everything in Asia originates from the Taiwan Celts GAA club. Up Taiwan!

You can also listen in on some of the inteviews with the other GAA clubs around Asia, and follow Denis as he visits with GAA clubs in Austrlia, South America, US, Canada in the coming months.

Taiwan Celts featured in GAA Book

Released in November 2009, “The GAA – A Peoples History” traces the earliest days of the Gaelic Sports movement in Ireland, right up to present day and the status of the GAA worldwide.

The book, commissioned by the GAA, includes a chapter called “Exiles” which reviews the movement of the GAA from Ireland and into other regions around the world. A certain little GAA club called “the TaiwanCelts” features in this chapter, with a great photo of the fabulous TaiwanCelts Nu’s team from 2007.

The Taiwan Celts are delighted and proud to be associated with this major book release