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GAA in Vancouver and Vancouver Island

2020-09-06

GAA in Vancouver and Vancouver Island

Adrian Coyne Cú Chulainn hurling club Vancouver: With the ever increasing Irish population in Vancouver, an idea sprung to mind in late 2018 to formulate a second hurling club in the region. Founded just last year in 2019, Cú Chulainn hurling club was established with the goal of getting people together to play hurling while creating a social outlet at the same time. In just a few short months the club had managed to recruit enough players to field both a junior and senior team and hasn’t looked back since, competing in competitions such as the Vancouver Championship, the Western Canadian Championships & the West Coast 7’s in San Diego.


JP McLaughlin Vancouver Éire Óg GAA Club
Vancouver Éire Óg GAA Club is a mens' Gaelic football team founded in 2018 in Vancouver, BC. The club was set up with the following goals: - Compete in Vancouver senior championship, Western Canadian Championship & other local competitions in Vancouver & the Pacific NW. - To aid new immigrants as much as possible with the possibility of assisting in obtaining work with numerous active members of the club involved in the construction industry. The club is sponsored by Connaught Masonry, who specialize in brick/block and stone work in the lower mainland.

Heather Mahady Van Isle Rovers Gaelic Athletic Club
The Van Isle Rovers Gaelic Athletic Club is Vancouver Island’s first and only Gaelic sports club. Formed in September 2019, our roster of players is steadily growing! We expect to enter the 2020 season with a men’s and ladies Gaelic football team and hope to incorporate a men’s hurling team soon. Our mission is threefold: to promote Gaelic culture on Vancouver Island; to improve each member’s individual athletic ability, self-discipline and character; and to spark a passion for Gaelic sports among Canadians, Irish-born, and the local community as a whole. The Van Isle Rovers is a not-for-profit organization that is 100% volunteer operated. Every practice and game in the league has been and run exclusively by its members and volunteers. Although many of our players are first- VIR Crest NEW.png generation Irish immigrants, many Canadian-born players have also joined the team to reconnect with their Irish roots or to try something completely new! Dipping into a diverse talent pool allows the Van Isle Rovers to operate as a successful and dynamic organization. The majority of our 2020 games will be played against some of the well-established Vancouver GAA teams. Gaelic sports have been steadily rising in popularity in Greater Vancouver, which now hosts four Gaelic football teams in addition to two hurling teams. The major local event for our team this year will be at the Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival which is held on May long weekend each year.

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