Final Preparations for the Asian Gaelic Games

We started the season back in March; guys and girls all resident in Taiwan but with 12 different nationalities represented in the club this year!

Many new players came out to try Gaelic Football for their first time: we had basketball players and volley ball players, surfers and runners, ice-hockey players and Aussie-Rulers! As always our buddies from the Taipei Baboons Rugby Club joined in for training and practice games. The lads from Rogue FC and Taipei City FC soccer clubs got more involved with their second sport, Gaelic Football, in 2010! We also saw a big increase in the number of girls joining in throughout the season.

Now 6 months later, after grueling sessions under typhoon rains and in the roasting summer heat, through all the bangs and bumps and the patient hours of practicing the Gaelic Football ‘Solo’, having survived the physical, verbal, and emotional abuse inflicted by the cruel team trainers (we love ye really!!), 24 players from Taiwan head to Hong Kong on September 24th to compete in both the Mens and the Ladies 2010 Asian Gaelic Games tournaments.

You can keep up-to-date with the progress of the Taiwan teams by checking us out on Facebook for the latest updates throughout the weekend.

2010 Taiwan Celts Squad Members

  • Andy Roji (Australia)
  • Barry Cahill (Ireland)
  • Bryndis Henrikson (Canada)
  • David Langeland (Denmark)
  • David McEneaney (Ireland)
  • Duncan Murtagh (Ireland)
  • Felicia Rodrigues (Canada)
  • Graham Harvey (England)
  • Holly Itoga (USA)
  • Irina Tsikun (Russia)
  • Judy Fong (Canada)
  • Karen Wong (Australia)
  • Karsten Tonnesen (Denmark)
  • Lasse Bigum (Denmark)
  • Laurence Kenny (Ireland)
  • Liz Lu (Canada)
  • Meredith Ch (Taiwan)
  • Michael Carmody (Australia)
  • Peter Grogan (Ireland)
  • Ronan Quinlan (Ireland)
  • Scott Milne (USA)
  • Sean Costello (Ireland)
  • Sean McNally (USA)
  • Tony Lonergan (Ireland)

2010 Kuala Lumpur Summer Tour Report

A big thanks to the players and shoppers/cheerleaders from the Taiwan Celts who traveled to Kuala Lumpur in July for the clubs first tour of 2010! We all had a ball meeting up with the Orang Eire teams for beers in KL and of course the Gaelic football games on Saturday! Our hosts Orang Eire GAA were very welcoming and put on a really great weekend for us.

The resounding conclusion from everyone in our group: “We gotta do this more often!
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Record numbers to take part in the 2010 Asian Gaelic Games

Taiwan Celts GAA will be making their 15th consecutive appearance this year at the largest GAA tournament in Asia. The 2010 Asian Gaelic Games will take place in Hong Kong from Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th of September, and already close to 70 teams throughout the region are in training for this amateur sporting event.

There’ll be a number of Mens Gaelic Football competitions running during the weekend, with 4-in-a-row A division Champions Hong Kong GAA looking to retain the Derek Brady Cup on their home turf, no doubt against some stiff competition from all sides!

2009 Ladies Champions “Singapore Lions” will be tested this year with record numbers of ladies teams expected at the tournament. Our Taiwan Celts girls are training each weekend in Taipei in preparation for the event. New players welcome along to join in!

There is also a lot of new interest in the Taiwan Celts Men’s team this season. The 2010 squad already consists of players from Ireland, UK, US, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, South Africa. Many first-timers who plan to don the Taiwan jersey in Hong Kong this coming September.

The tournament is hosted this year by the htHong Kong GAA and governed by the Asian County Board (ACB). In addition to Taiwan, GAA Clubs and teams expected to compete hail from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Shanghai, Beijing, Vietnam, Dubai, India, Philippines, and many more.

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

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