Tuesday 3 May 2022

In this edition:

Darkness into Light walk

This Saturday 7 May, we are joining thousands of people across Ireland and the world for sunrise to walk in support of people affected by suicide and self-harm.

We'll gather at Odlins Plaza (outside Mac's Brewbar) at 6.30am before starting the 2.5km walk to Roseneath Memorial Park, and back to Odlins Plaza. You can support the walk by making donations/registering through the links below:

Make a full donation to Lifeline Aotearoa

Purchase a registered ticket (50% of the proceeds go to Lifeline Aotearoa; 50% to Pieta House)

We have heaps of official merchandise for 2022, including Darkness into Light candles, high-vis vests, and t-shirts which we'll be handing out from 6am.

If you have any questions about the event, contact club secretary Tiaré Verenitani at We look forward to seeing you there.

2022/23 committee elected

Our 2022/23 committee was voted in at our AGM at Whistling Sisters on Wednesday 20 April.

Welcome to Trevor Mangan, Laura Stanley, Ivan Ward and Cara Horisk who have stepped up and joined the committee for next season. A huge thanks to our outgoing committee members, Denise Durkin (outgoing Vice President) and Bryan 'Badger' Downes (outgoing Cultural/Development Officer), who are taking a well-earned sabbatical from their committee roles.

We wish the committee the very best for the year ahead.

Photo: Back row (L-R): Cara Horisk, Eoin 'Brick' Norton, Ronan O'Malley, John 'Bobs' Daly, Trevor Mangan, Damien Farrelly.
Front row (L-R): Laura Stanley, Tiaré Verenitani, Davey Rynne, Siobhán Cotter, Ivan Ward.

2022/23 committee

President Davey Rynne
Vice President Trevor Mangan
Secretary Tiaré Verenitani
Treasurer Damien Farrelly
Public Relations Officer John ‘Bobs’ Daly
Events Officer Laura Stanley
Tournaments Officer Eoin ‘Brick’ Norton
Social Games Officer Ronan O’Malley
Youth Officer Siobhán Cotter
Vice Secretary Ivan Ward
Committee Support Cara Horisk

Awards night

Our annual awards night took place on Saturday 9 April at Whistling Sisters. While our teams didn't play in any national tournaments over the 2021/22 season, we still had plenty reasons to celebrate another season of Gaelic games in the capital. Congratulations to everyone who claimed an award on the night, and thanks to all who came along to see out the season. Photos of the night will be posted on Facebook very soon.

Éimeár Ní Rodáin, Jolene McLaughlin, and Carol Carmody at the awards night at Whistling Sisters on Saturday 9 April.

2021/22 award winners

Club person of the year
Damien Farrelly

President's choice
Eoin 'Brick' Norton

Referees' choice
Carol Carmody

Women's football players of the year
Laura McQuillan & Claire Hanley

Women's football most improved
Kerry Gourlay

Men's football player of the year
Mike Lawson

Men's football most improved
George Daly

Camogie player of the year
Éimeár Ní Rodáin

Camogie most improved
Tiaré Verenitani

Hurling player of the year
Peter Hayes

Hurling most improved
Keith Cleere

Club recognition awards
Darragh Corboy
Patrick Dempsey
Tony Ling
Kate McCarthy
Gerard McDonagh
Rosie McDonagh
Emmet Whelan
Gemma Whelan

Farewell to more dear friends

Another month goes by and, unfortunately for our Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA whānau, more long-serving players and members depart the city. Those leaving soon/who have left include: Kate McCarthy; Patrick Dempsey and Sarah Barry; Laura McQuillan and Phillip Byrne; and Darragh Corboy and Jennifer Dooley who have moved from the big smoke to Methven.

Thanks to each of you for your incredible contribution to the club over the years. You'll be missed dearly.

Kate McCarthy being presented with her club recognition award by President Davey Rynne at the awards night. Kate, who heads home to Ireland this month, served on the committee for four years and made an immense contribution to the club.

Whistling Sisters' Zealandia fundraiser

Whistling Sisters, together with Native Hard Sparkling, are hosting an evening of drinks, food, and entertainment at their Taranaki St venue to raise funds for Zealandia wildlife sanctuary.

Zealandia has had a tough couple of years and they have worked tirelessly to make sure the flora and fauna at the sanctuary are well looked after. What better way to give back than to throw a fundraising shindig.

Tickets are $45 per person and here's what you can expect:
  • Drink on arrival
  • Canapés with locally foraged ingredients throughout the night
  • Local performers, entertainment, and games
  • A MirrorMe photo booth
  • A pop-up Native Hard Sparkling cocktail bar
  • Karma keg from Whistling Sisters
  • Raffle with fantastic artisan prizes
  •  A direct donation to Zealandia from your ticket purchase.
All funds raised in the evening go to Zealandia conservation.
Buy tickets

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