Annual Cúl Camp

Cúl Camp – 2017

In June, St. Patrick’s GAA Club hosted its annual Cúl Camp, a summer camp in Gaelic football, hurling & camogie with 65 children participating, ranging in ages from 6-15 years of age from June 26-30 at Notre Dame H.S., Fairfield.  Cúl Camps are held in every county in Ireland and throughout North America and seek to improve Gaelic games skills while having a ton of fun.  The following coaches from Ireland & the US passed on their knowledge and passion for Gaelic football and hurling:  James Quinn (Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone – nephew of Paddy Coyle), Liam Coyle (Trumbull – son of Paddy Coyle), Clodagh McManamon (Newport, Co. Mayo), Fergal Guihen (Arigna, Co. Roscommon – nephew of Helen Lavin), Aoife McGirl (Nyack, NY), Ray Holian (GAC Member)(Balla, Co. Mayo), Patrick Makem (Co. Armagh & nephew of legendary Tommy Makem of Clancy Brothers fame!), Pat Daly (Annaduff, Co. Leitrim)(GAC Member), Jack Morrissey (Thurles, Co. Tipperary), Seamus Carbin (Norwalk – son of Declan & Liz Carbin), Timmy Forde (Easton – son of GAC Members Gerry & Noreen Forde), Brendan Watke (Farifield, son of GAC Members Bob & Watke), Declan Ryan & Eimear Ryan (children of GAC Members Pat & Mairead Ryan), Conor Bennett (son of GAC Members Steven & Deirdre Bennett), Liam Holroyd (Fairfield, son of Chris & Stephany Holroyd), Emily Moore (on holidays from Thurles, Co. Tipperary).  The camp relied on any army of GAC members who volunteered their time all week to make the camp successful including: Pat & Mairead Ryan Jarlath & Celine Carbin, Tommy Moran, Paddy Coyle, Brendan Keatley, Gerry & Noreen Forde, Ken Gallagher, and Jimmy McPartlan.  The camp crossing guards were Jim Feeney & John Wright.  A team of volunteers from Lauralton Hall devoted the entire week to take special care of the younger campers including: Caroline Fitzgerald, Lindsay LaPointe, Cate Palaia, Brook Peruigo, Mary Feeney, and and Abby Baisley.  The medical trainer who cared for any bumps and bruises was Jess Trapp of Sacred Heart University.  Special thanks to Mr. Christopher Cipriano, Principal of Notre Dame High School and Mr. Mike Moylan, Director of Dining & Residence Life, Sacred Heart University for their support of this camp and keeping Gaelic games alive in Fairfield County.

U8 Tournament – 2017

St. Patrick’s held its annual U8 Tournament on Saturday June 17th at Notre Dame High School.  GAA Clubs from throughout the tri-state area and Boston sent over 16 teams to participate in this thrilling tournament.  Special thanks to the following GAC Members who volunteered to make this event successful:  Anthony & Liz Giardina who ran the concessions & grill all day, Tommy Moran & Paddy Coyle (Tournament Directors), Tom Quinn (organizing committee and referee), Jack Feeney (referee), Timmy Forde (referee), & Seamus Carolan (referee).   Special thanks to Mr. Richard MacLean whose generous sponsorship of the tournament made it all possible.  Following the game, the adults participated in an exciting encounter featuring Ireland vs USA in Gaelic football (all local players).  Despite the youth, athleticism, & sheer passion of the USA team, Ireland’s experience and uncanny ability for the ball to find the back of net, saw them prevail in a very close but exciting match.  Plans are already being made for the 2018 match!

Féile (Ireland)

John West Féile na nGael and John West Feile Peil na nÓg are the All-Ireland Club festivals for Hurling, Football, Camogie and Handball at Under 14 years of age level.  Teams participating at the National Finals of John West Féile na nGael and John West Féile Peil na nÓg will be nominated by their County Bord na nÓg to represent their respective Counties.  The NY County Board hold intensely competitive tryouts spanning the winter and early spring months in Gaelic Park in the Bronx and Rockland.  This year, the following children of GAC Members were selected to represent New York in this tournament:  Colin Fleming (Gaelic football, son of Chris and Joan Fleming), Luke Giardina (hurling, son of Anthony & Liz Giardina), and Ronan O’Donnell (son of Mike & Kathryn O’Donnell).  The NY team captured the Division 1 Championship amongst fierce competition.  The NY Hurlers made history as the first US team to participate in this tournament they nearly pulled off an amazing result by getting to the Connacht GAA Hurling feile final and just losing out by three points.  Congratulations to Colin, Luke, and Ronan for your accomplishments in Ireland!  We are so proud of you!

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