Thursday 1 September 2022

In this edition:

Membership registration

We're now inviting past and new members to renew/register their club membership. Instructions on renewing/registering your membership are available through the link below. Past members should've received an email recently on renewing membership.

The new season has just commenced and we’re looking forward to an action-packed calendar of Gaelic games for 2022/23. We’ll continue to be a hub of social games and events in the capital throughout the year, while also lining out in local, national, and trans-Tasman competitions.

Club gear

This month, we'll be placing our annual bulk order of club gear. We have extended the deadline as we have not met minimum order numbers for O'Neill's. If you'd like to purchase club gear (e.g., tops, shorts, socks) as part of the bulk order, you must do so by Sunday 25 September. Gear can be purchased as part of the registration process and is expected to arrive around Christmas.
Membership registration

Australasian State Games this month

Just four weeks 'til our women's footballers jet across the Tasman to compete in the 2022 Australasian States Games. The team will play in the nine-a-side intermediate tournament along with South Australia, and two teams from the host state – Victoria and Victoria (country).

It'll be a big month for the squad of 14 as they make their final preparations ahead of their first appearance at the games since 2015. You can view the full team list and the team's fixtures here.

Members of the Australasian State Games squad training at Ian Galloway Park recently.
Back row (L-R) Kate Coyle, Joanna Sharp, Eilís Ní Chaiside, Rachel Kirby, Heather Williamson. Front row (L-R) Jennifer Downey, Tiaré Verenitani, Andrea O'Reilly, Mairéad Bogue.

Quiz fundraiser

To raise some funds for their trip across the ditch, the team will host a quiz fundraiser on Thursday 22 September from 7pm at Whistling Sisters.

Entry tickets are $20 per person, which includes a raffle ticket. Extra raffle tickets will be available on the night, and you'll want them, as we have over $1,000 worth of prizes up for grabs!

We encourage club members to pre-purchase single or team entry tickets (max 6 per team) on Friendly Manager. For non-members, you can pay with cash on the night. 

Spaces are limited so if you'd like to book a team table, email In the meantime, we're sure you can get in plenty of practice with episodes of The Chase and games of Trivial Pursuit.
Facebook event

O'Carroll Cup opening the 2022/23 season

The traditional season-opening O'Carroll Cup will take place on Saturday 10 September at Ian Galloway Park, with games running from 9am-1pm. Rain, hail or shine, we'll have some sausages sizzling on the barbecue, and we can't wait to see our teams across the four codes out on the field for the first time this season. Here are the times and order of games:
  • Camogie – 9-10am
  • Women's football – 10-11am
  • Men's football – 11am-12pm
  • Hurling –12-1pm

County jerseys night

That evening from 8pm, we're looking forward to seeing a kaleidoscope of colour at our county jerseys-themed event at The Featherston. It's our first social night of the season and sure to be great craic. There'll also be a 20 percent discount on drinks for registered club members. So come along, bring a friend or two and enjoy what will be an epic night.
Facebook event

Eoiny Farrell's Family Fun Run

Join us on Saturday 12 November for a 5km fun run or walk in memory of our good friend, and Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA stalwart, Eoiny Farrell. All donations will go to the Athlone Hospice who cared for Eoin in his final months.

Eoiny was a key member of Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA between 2011 and 2014. Hailing from Athlone, Co Westmeath, Eoin brought an energy and enthusiasm that was felt by all associated with the club. Sadly, he passed away in Ireland in July.
Eoiny Farrell (red) finishing the Taranaki Relay Race during his time in Wellington.
The run will take place on the waterfront (Darkness into Light route), as Oriental Beach holds many fond memories for us with Eoiny.

So, dust off those runners and we hope to see you and a friend or two in November. More information on the run, and Eoiny, can be found on the Facebook event through the link below.
Facebook event

Planning for Ian Galloway Park upgrade

Some very early plans are afoot for the possible upgrade of Ian Galloway Park. The grounds have been home to Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA for the majority of the last 15 years. While it continues to be a very important hub for all things GAA in the region, the playing quality of some of the pitches have deteriorated over the last few years.

Recently, club President Davey Rynne and vice-President Trevor Mangan attended a public meeting hosted by Wellington City Councillor Diane Calvert and Wellington mayoral candidate Paul Eagle, titled Ian Galloway Park, a better sports and recreation hub.

It was a very productive meeting where the various clubs and associations using Ian Galloway Park came together to discuss how they would like to see facilities improve over the short and long term. Those in attendance included Wests Rugby Club, Waterside Karori FC, Capital BMX, Wellington City Pirates Baseball and the local residents associations.

It is hoped that over the next few months a master plan can be drawn up to present to the council which can then be considered for council budget planning in the years ahead. As Diane suggested, "It's a marathon not a sprint". It's a good start in securing an improved Ian Galloway Park for all users.

Irish community

Hutt Valley Irish Society Golf tournament

The society will be hosting a golf tournament on Saturday 1 October at either Te Marua or Manor Park, depending upon availability. It'll be an 18-hole Stableford tournament, and with a 9-hole scramble for those who prefer. Players of all levels of experience are welcome.

It'll be back to the society that evening where some members of Shindig will be playing music. We're told there'll be a lamb on a spit for supper, too. You can email Brian at or call him on 027 4405 109 for more details or to register.

Farewell Ambassador Ryan

Farewell to Ambassador Peter Ryan and family who depart New Zealand this month. Peter established the Irish Embassy in New Zealand in 2018. He's now off to serve as Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria. We wish him and his family the very best. We look forward to welcoming the new Ambassador, Jane Connolly, in the coming months.

Check out the links below for the latest news from the region's Irish community:


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