Chairperson's Welcome

A Chairde,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Middle East GAA website. The GAA in the Gulf has served as a focal point for the Irish and expat community, a place where people of all ages and backgrounds are made feel welcome.

Our season commences in October and typically concludes in March. In total we have 11 tournaments in our 6 month season from UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar. The largest attracting 1,200 people. Competitions range from Hurling & Camogie (Senior-Junior) Ladies and Mens football (Senior-Junior C) and of course a vibrant underage structure.

If you're new to the Gulf or interested in helping out after a period of absence, feel free to contact us or any of the 16 clubs across the region.

Ar aghaidh linn le chéile.

Stephen Twomey

Cathaoirleach Bord Contae na Mean Oithire

Previous Chairpersons

James KennedyPatrick MoynaghTadgh Flahive
  • James Kennedy (from Meath) was the inagural Middle East GAA chairperson in our foundation season (2013/14). Accompanying him as secretary was Paddy D'Arcy (Meath), who had previously administered the Middle East sub-committee within the Asia and Gulf Board (AGB) of the GAA. Stephen Twomey occupied the roles of treasurer and vice-chairperson.
  • His successor as chairperson was Patrick Moynagh (Cavan), with Seán O'Sullivan (Cork) as secretary. James Kennedy took on the role of treasurer, followed by Mick Redmond.
  • In 2017, Tadhg Flahive (Kerry) took the chair, accompanied by Gearóid Cronin as secretary on the committee. Stephen Twomey took on his position in the treasury in 2018.

Each of the Chairperson's administrations have overseen one GAA World Games event (2015, 2016 and 2019). In this period, the Middle East has hosted the GAA Football All-Stars (2016 | Middle East GAA Board, in Dubai) and GAA Hurling All-Stars (2019 | Abu Dhabi na Fianna, in Abu Dhabi).