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Middle East GAA September Round Up   26/09/2014

Gaelic Games steps up a gear all over the Gulf. Middle East GAA September Round Up.
 
There's been plenty of GAA action going on in and around the Gulf in the past few weeks. In the build up to the first round of the Middle East League, being hosted by the Arabian Celts in Bahrain in October, training sessions are stepping up a gear and inter club friendly tournaments are giving players a taste of what is in store when the GAA season really kicks off.
Big shout out to Kuwait Harps Ladies who had a record 39 ladies turn out to training recently. They are certainly #spreadingtheword! Well established UAE clubs are also enjoying large numbers turning out weekly - with Dubai Celts having to extend sessions due to the high numbers of players.
 
Inter club tournaments are helping to set the tone for the coming season when the highly contested Middle East League gets off to its official start in mid October. Clann na hOman made the trip across to Al Ain GAA earlier in the month for some football and small ball action along with some hurlers from Dubai Celts making the drive down as well. A great weekend was had by everyone, by all accounts! It was indeed a busy week for Al Ain GAA as they raised some much needed club funds with a table quiz. Across the waters at Bahrain Rugby Club, the Arabian Celts also saw some on pitch action in a club mini tournament across all codes and ages with their juvenile section kicking off their season in style as well as having some guest players from Naomh Alee Riyadh GAA Club who made the journey across the Causeway. Also in Riyadh this week, HE Ambassador Tony Cotter and his wife Marie hosted Naomh Alee Riyadh GAA Club at the Irish Embassy - commenting that they are excited at the prospect of being able to support GAA activities here in the region this season.
 
The focus is still on the small ball this weekend in Abu Dhabi where Na Fianna are hosting old friends Dubai Celts in a hurling and camogie blitz. This is the first year that Abu Dhabi Na Fianna will enter a hurling team into the Middle East Hurling League - much success to them on their new venture. It's a testament to how Gaelic Games are getting stronger all the time here in the Middle East. Big congrats to Kerry and to the many Kerry people living in the region on the success of their Senior and Minor football teams in winning the All Ireland Finals last weekend. Looking forward to the hurling replay decider this weekend between Kilkenny and Tipperary.
 
Photos - Middle East GAA All Stars 2014 - James McGrath and Joe Melia of the Arabian Celts modelling their long awaited All Stars jerseys - with valued sponsor Phillip Eckles of Aer Rianta International. Kuwait Harps Full Squad for the season ahead and Naomh Alee Riyadh GAA Club being hosted at the Irish Embassy in Riyadh presenting HE Ambassador Tony Cotter and his wife Marie with club shirts.
 
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