Celebrating 130 years
2021 marks the 130-year anniversary of the first recorded account of Gaelic games in Wellington and we can’t wait to celebrate the milestone this Saturday 12 June.
We have a bumper day of activities planned to mark the occasion. The day will commence with games at Awakāirangi Park
in Upper Hutt from 10.30am. We'll have intra-club women's football and camogie games while our hurlers will take on our good friends from Canterbury. We hear Air New Zealand are chartering a few extra flights from Christchurch to Wellington for the game – one flight for hurleys alone.
The highlight of the day, however, is sure to be a past vs present
men’s football match. Club legends such as Donal Kavanagh, John O'Toole and Vinny Grealish will take the field one more time to see what the current NZ champions are really made of. It's not to be missed. Oh, and your much-anticipated 130-year t-shirts will be available to pick up at games.
A man in his prime. Donal Kavanagh playing in the NZ football league in 2012. The former club President will line out in the past vs present football game on Saturday.
Following the day's activity (and granted we don't have too many casualties), an evening of celebrations is promised at the Hutt Valley Irish Society on Raroa Road. A one-way bus – free of charge – will be departing Wellington railway station at 5.30pm, heading for the Irish society. You can book a seat for the bus (by 2pm Wednesday 9 June
) on the Facebook event
. A full itinerary for the day can be found through the link below.
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