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South Africa Gaels visit highlights support for global GAA

South Africa Gaels visit highlights support for global GAA

South Africa Gaels present the Tánaiste with a jersey at Government Buildings. The Gaels toured Ireland in advance of the Gulf Gaelic Games

South Africa Gaels recently dropped by Government Buildings to present the Tánaiste with a jersey. They are one of a number of clubs to receive grants under the Global Games Development Fund for 2014 - a joint initiative of the GAA and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to promote our national games in new locations around the world.

The South Africa Gaels are a touring side largely made up of young men drawn from 3 GAA teams in the Johannesburg township of Alexandria. Their Irish trip showcases the new African GAA and involved games in Dublin and in Belfast, together with trips to Croke Park, Áras an Uachtarán, Government Buildings and Stormont.

The Gaels received a grant of €7,300 under the Global Games Development Fund so support their activities in 2014. The aim of the Fund is to support GAA projects abroad, outside of traditional bases in Britain and the US.

The aim of the Global Games Development Fund is to support the growth of the GAA outside traditional bases in Britain and the US.

The development of the game in South Africa brings it to a new playing audience and also furthers the objectives of our Emigrant Support Programme by providing a social outlet for established Irish communities. The Gaels are strongly supported by the Irish South African Association and Business Ireland South Africa.

Following games against St Marys College Belfast, St Vincents and Ballyboden St Endas in Dublin, the South Africa Gaels travelled onwards to Dubai to participate in the 2014 Gulf Gaelic Games.


Global Games Development Fund

Projects under the Global Games Development Fund are funded 50% by the GAA and 50% from the Emigrant Support Programme. The following projects have been funded for 2014:

Asia Myanmar Celts GAA   €4,000 
  Suzhou Eir Og, China €3,000
  Asian County Board  €8,000
  Hong Kong GAA €5,000 
Australasia  Queensland GFHA €6,000
Canada Ottawa Gaels €1,500
  Toronto Camogie Summer League €2,000 
  St John's Avalon Harps GAA  €5,000 
  Montreal Shamrocks GAC  €2,500 
  Regina Gaels GAA  €6,000 
  Wolfe Tones GAA €1,000 
  Vancouver ISSC €4,000 
Europe Vienna Gaels  €1,500
  Slovak Shamrocks GAA €1,000 
  Munchen Colmcilles GAA €7,500 
  Moscow Shamrocks GAA €2,000 
  Den Haag GAA €3,500 
  Tolosa Gaels €2,500 
  Brussels GAA  €2,500 
Middle East Middle East County Board  €10,000 
Africa  South Africa Gaels €7,300 



Press Office

27 March 2014