Bon Voyage to Mike and Mireia!
Ger Kelly, September 2014
It’s got to the point that we are sick of writing about the departures of club greats and this time the Gaels are sad to wish Adéu to Mireia Mur Puig following her recent move to Ireland! It comes on the back of Michael J’s recent move home and it’s great to see an Irish man bringing a local lady to Ireland rather than the other way around!! Mireia joined the club roughly five years ago and arrived as a Catalan who was completely unfamiliar with our national sport and the progression that she made during her time us has been amazing to witness. She ended her playing time with the club as a very impressive, talented goalkeeper and the Gaelettes answer to Víctor Valdés!
She made a huge contribution to the club, fulfilling many important roles and showing incredible commitment during her time with us. She always offered her free time to organize club events and also showed fantastic commitment to attend many away tournaments. Furthermore, she played a crucial role with the transport of referees, officials and her fellow players.
Of course during her time with the Gael’s, Mireia had some quite amusing moments and we’re delighted to report that her pronunciation of Vic’s Vaporub has finally been perfected. Although most GAA players are familiar with the smell of Deep Heat in dressing rooms, Mireia had a fascination with Bics Bapa Rooooob as she used to say!! After many funny moments with the Gaelettes and her mispronunciation, it is now a thing of the past!!
Mireia Mur Puig also held the unenviable role of Treasurer that anybody in a GAA club will tell you is never easy and particularly not in Spain!! On top of this, she had a massive input into the organization of our home tournaments and looked after many things that are taken for granted such as the lunch preparations and the financial side of things which is a huge responsibility.
Thankfully, her work in banking helped her in this position. However, when she thought that ATM was the English abbreviation for All Time Money machines, we had our doubts!! However, this was just another thing that we had a laugh about and she was an amazing treasurer for the club. We wish Mireia and her media naranja Michael J Ryan all the best with the new chapter of their lives and we are convinced that it will be a very positive move for them both!
We have no doubt that he already has the Tipp jersey ironed and waiting for her to put on tomorrow! Moltes grácies per tot i bona sort a Irlanda!!
The Barcelona Gaels are sad to announce the departure of another club great in the form of Michael J Ryan who has moved back home to Ireland for a fantastic job opportunity! Michael J was playing GAA in Canada before his arrival to Barcelona and his experience there was certainly put to great use during his time with the club. Since his first day with the Gaels, Michael made a huge contribution for the club, fulfilling many important roles. He was responsible for club gear each weekend and he always gave up his own time to meet up with new recruits and contribute to club fund raising events. Furthermore he played a crucial role with the transport of referees and officials for each home tournament.
Of course MJ will be disappointed to be leaving Barcelona and the club but the Gaels have never seen a man quite like him before. This was confirmed on a couple of occasions over the last year. The first of these was seen last August with soaring Catalan temperatures and every Irish man sweating bucket loads every day. With the majority of natives having salad’s and as many cold drinks as possible, MJ with sweat rolling down his face, preferred to have a nice mug of tea and a plate full of baking hot pizza’s in what must have been at least 30 degrees heat!
The second example was during our trip home from the Galician tournament this season. For the early morning flight in the airport, poor Michael did’nt know if it was New York or New Year and had to ask if going home meant Barcelona or Emly in Co. Tipperary!! His Tipperary hoody must have confused him!!
You can take the man out of Munster but you cant take Munster out of the man!!!
His commitment to training each week and his dedication to Iberian tournaments was second to none and the club would like to thank him for all his efforts over his four years here.
As a sticky corner back, Michael was very successful over his time with the Gaels but perhaps his greatest achievement was convincing his Catalan girlfriend that their future lies in the Costa del Cork instead of Barcelona!!
It was very fitting that the Gaels won Michael’s final tournament in the yellow jersey and we wish him all the very best with the next chapter of his life back home!
A Great Weekend in Valencia
Ger Kelly, June 2014
A fantastic and historical weekend for the club in Valencia!! For the first time ever, the Gaels had two men's teams involved at an away tournament which shows the progress that the club has made this season!!
Our Gaelettes made another great effort and impressed while finishing the day in 3rd position!
In the men's final, the Gaels rounded the season off in some style by defeating the hosts Valencia by 3-11 to 0-03!! It was a brilliant performance and the silverware came back to Barcelona after this years final tournament.
Congratulations to Madrid Harps who were the deserved winners of both the mens's and ladie's Iberian championships this season!
It was been an excellent Iberian championship in 2014 and yesterday was certainly an unforgettable day for our club.
Hon the Gaels!