Éire Óg is a community-centred, progressive and ambitious G.A.A. – Gaelic Football club which was formed to provide a home for Gaelic games and related activities in North and Central London.
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We are based at the London Irish Centre and train in Finsbury Park and Highgate Wood School.
Our club has members from all walks of life and all backgrounds, from every province in Ireland and from the large Irish community in London.
The GAA’s values are the heart and soul of our club. We are dedicated to ensuring our Gaelic games, and the values we live, enrich the lives of our members, families and the communities we serve. We reach out to and include all members of our society. We promote individual development and well-being and strive to enable all of our members to achieve their full potential in their chosen roles.
Our vision is that everybody has the opportunity to be welcomed to take part in our club, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to keep a lifelong engagement with our club and with the Gaelic Athletic Association.
We are a volunteer organisation promoting Gaelic games and Irish culture, and are always keen to hear from new players and supporters who wish to get involved in the club. We are a volunteer led organisation, and all our members play and engage in our games as amateurs.
Our relationship with the London Irish Centre:
The London Irish Centre has been a ‘home away for home’ for the city’s Irish community for over fifty years. Established in the 1950s to meet the welfare needs of the huge wave of Irish emigrants arriving in Britain, the Centre has changed to meet the changing needs and interests of the city’s Irish community. The Centre’s cultural programme encompasses every aspect of Irish life, from literature to music, from dancing to film, and now – through Éire Óg CLG – Gaelic games.
There has always been a strong Irish presence in north London, particularly in Camden and Islington, and there has been a GAA presence here over many years. After Holloway Gaels GFC ceased to exist some years ago, there was a large football-shaped void left amongst the Irish community in this part of London.
A group of former Gaels players, who had been only played football at underage level, got together under the direction of Luke Callinan, a London-born Irishman with strong Clare roots, and began to have a weekly ‘kick-about’ in Finsbury Park. They soon realised the appetite for something more structured, and the potential any new club would have, and they approached Gary Dunne, a Laois man based at the London Irish Centre, for help and advice. Over some months, the club gradually began to take shape, with the addition of Islington-based Armagh man, Conor McGinn, and experienced GAA administrator, Paddy Corbett from Mayo, to the steering group. All the time the core group of players – who’s ambition and determination drove the project – diligently trained every week in Finsbury Park, in anticipation of being part of something new and special, and that finally came to fruition when Éire Óg CLG registered with the London GAA County Board in February 2011.
Club Chairman, Conor McGinn, explained how the name Éire Óg, was chosen: “We had gone through several different options but none seemed to be hitting the mark. Then we thought about why we were doing this and what we wanted to achieve. Éire Óg, meaning ‘Young Ireland’, was originally the name for the group of men who were the early instigators of a cultural revival and awakening of national consciousness that was about pride in Ireland and Irishness. Rooted in that ‘Young Irelanders’ tradition, we also thought about the ‘Young Irish’ of today and the fact that we wanted our club to be home for them, whether they are the young Irish men and women who are emigrating or those young 2nd generation Irish who have been born here in London and want to express their identity through our national games. So Éire Óg sums up who we are and what we are about.”
Our motto “Is fiú agus is féidir”, which we translate as ”It is worth doing and it can be done”. It speaks for itself.