Club History

From small acorns mighty oak trees grow...

Our club was founded in February 2001 by an Irishman called Finbar Barrett who had previous experience in European GAA with the Paris Gaels club in France. In the club's inaugural year, we competed in tournaments in Munich, Paris and finally Luxembourg, which was a highly impressive achievement. We then hosted our first official tournament in February 2002 that involved Den Haag (The Hague) from the Netherlands, Glynn/Barnstown from Wexford in Ireland and our own club. 


The club continued to grow gradually and our first Iberian Championship successes were in 2007 with both our Gaels and Gaelettes teams victorious! Our ladies retained the trophy in 2008 while our men's team had to wait until the following year to get their hands on the silverware again. The greatest year of our club's brief history was the double championship winning year of 2013 . Our men's team went the full season unbeaten while the Gaelettes almost emulated this achievement but were unlucky to lose in the final match of the closing tournament in Madrid.  


The championship has developed notably since then and the format now involves a greater number of teams and one that continues to grow and attract new teams, primarily those from North West Spain and the region of Galicia. This expansion has also seen the development of teams in Catalonia such as the Sitges Eagles club just outside Barcelona and the Gran Sol club (primarily made up of Galloegos exiled in Barna!) in the city itself. The Iberian region has since re-organised into a number of sub-regions and we compete in tournaments in the Central-East region with traditional rivals Madrid Harps and Valencia, along with Zaragoza, Sitges and Gran Sol, as part of a qualification system for the Iberian Championship, which also boasts representatives from the other two regions - Galica and Andalucía.

Following a fallow period from 2014 onwards, where successively brilliant Madrid teams repeatedly conquered Iberia and, eventually, Europe, the Gaelettes returned to winning ways in 2018 at the home tournament while the men finally delivered on years of promise in March 2020 by winning the season-opening tournament in Madrid. (You may have seen and heard us talk about it a bit...)

The future is bright for the club and we look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2021. We hope to see you there!

 

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