Friday 7 October 2022

In this edition:

Women's footballers win Australasian State Games

Our women's footballers created history in Melbourne last Saturday 1 October when they won the Australasian State Games intermediate tournament, defeating South Australia 8-9 (33) to 3-11 (20) in a cracking final. It's an absolutely amazing achievement from a fantastic group of players. We've competed at the games on and off since 1988 and this is our first piece of silverware at the tournament in those 34 years. You can read a full round-up of the tournament through the link below. 

While it took 14 stars to bring home the silverware from the tournament, we did have a few standout performers who picked up tournament All-Star awards at Saturday's gala ball: Heather Williamson; Mairéad Bogue; Jennifer Downey; Eilís Ní Chaiside; Aisling King; Andrea O'Reilly; and Tiaré Verenitani. Well done to each of you. And a special shout-out to Andrea O'Reilly who duly won player of the tournament after some outstanding performances over the three days. 

The team's success would not have been possible without the support they had before and during the tournament. Big thanks to tournament team assistants Kevin Brannigan and Sam Bircham, and to Sam for his great snaps of the games. And a big bualadh bos to the top-class coaching duo of Davey Rynne and Ronan O'Malley who trained the team in the lead-up to the tournament and who clearly had them in fine fettle and playing some brilliant football.

It's also fair to say that this success has been years in the making – so here's a thank you to all the players and coaches who have gone before. The work and committment you each put in over the years has undoubtedly contributed to this victory.

Our women's footballers celebrating their Australasian State Games intermediate football win at La Trobe Sports Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday 1 October.
Back row (L-R) Mairéad Bogue, Kate Coyle, Rachel Kirby, Emer O'Donnell, Anna Muru Paenga, Jennifer Downey, Aisling King, Joanna Sharp, Caroline Ward. Front row (L-R) Kevin Brannigan, Tiaré Verenitani, Eileen Brannigan, Heather Williamson, Andrea O'Reilly, Eilís Ní Chaiside, Sam Bircham.

Quiz fundraiser

Huge thanks to everyone who attended and supported the team's quiz fundrasier held at Whistling Sisters on Thursday 22 September. It was a great success as we enjoyed a mighty night out, and raised some much-needed funds to support the team's participation at the competition in Melbourne. Following the team's success, it's fair to say everyone's donations were well spent. Special thanks to Whistling Sisters for hosting the event and to all our sponsors for donating some fantastic prizes.
Full Australasian State Games round-up

Wellington Sevens on Labour weekend

The 2022 Wellington Sevens tournament will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October (Labour weekend) at Awakairangi Park, Upper Hutt. It'll be the first national sevens tournament since the 2020 tournament.

The two-day tournament will see teams from Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Hamilton and Taranaki take to the field in a seven-a-side tournament featuring the four codes of men's and women's football, hurling and camogie. More details and key tournament information is available on our website through the link below. 

Hurling between Auckland (green and white) and Canterbury at the Labour weekend 2020 Wellington Sevens tournament played at Te Whiti Park, Lower Hutt. Photo credit: Paulo Pics.
Tournament information

Membership registration

Forty-four people have registered and paid their membership to date. Thank you to those who have registered and paid. For all other players and prospective members, it's important that you register and pay your fees before the Wellington Sevens tournament on Labour weekend.

Instructions on renewing/registering your membership are available through the link below. Past members should've received an email on renewing membership.
Membership registration

Beginner sessions

It’s that time of the year, folks – the socials season will be back with a bang on Wednesday 9 November.

As a precursor to the tournament, we’ll be running a couple of beginner sessions in the weeks beforehand. The sessions are on Wednesday 26 October and Wednesday 2 November at 6.30pm at Ian Galloway Park. Players of all levels of experience are more than welcome to attend.

In the meantime, spread the word far and wide to friends, family and colleagues. If you have any queries, contact Ronan O'Malley at
Facebook event

Kids Gaelic games

Kids Gaelic games are on the way back for the summer. Our first session takes place at the Wellington Sevens competition at Awakairangi Park on Sunday 23 October from 10.30am to 12pm. From the following week, we'll be back to the usual venue of Trafalgar Park, Lower Hutt each Sunday until 4 December when we take a break until the new year. 

All children between the ages of 4-12 are welcome, and no experience is necessary. The aim is to give kids a fun and enjoyable introduction to Gaelic games. You can register your kids through the link below. If you're already registered, you just need to log into FriendlyManager to register your kids. If you have any questions, or would like more information, contact Siobhán at
Register for Kids Gaelic games

O'Carroll Cup opens the 2022/23 season

We had a fantastic turnout at our season-opening O'Carroll Cup day on Saturday 10 September.

The day started off with a hard-fought camogie game, followed by a women's football game. Joint Australasian coaches, Davey Rynne and Ronan O'Malley, formed a team each, and an exhibition of football followed, which, some might say, was a harbinger of things to come at the state games a few weeks later. At the final whistle, Ronan's team edged just ahead of Davey's by a point.

The men's football was up next and, despite it being a start-of-season tussle, there were some excellent scores taken from both sides. The final game of the day was the hurling which attracted a crowd of young rugby stars and their parents, all enthralled by the fastest team game on grass and eager to know more. We'll have photos up on Facebook soon.

County jerseys night

Naturally, the day's games brought about a fierce thirst, so we headed to The Featherston for a libation (or two) and to celebrate the start of the new season. It was also a county colours night and it was great to see jerseys from the length and breadth of Ireland (and other regions, too) on display. A great night was had, and we especially hope our new players enjoyed a warm welcome to our club.

Eoiny Farrell's Family Fun Run

A reminder to 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

Irish community

Welcome to Ambassador Jane Connolly

Fáilte, haere mai, welcome to our new Ambassador of Ireland to Aotearoa New Zealand, Jane Connolly. We look forward to working closely with Ambassador Connolly and the Embassy during her time here. You can watch the new Ambassador's welcome video on Twitter here.


Hutt Valley Irish Society Quiz Night

Our friends on Raroa Road will be hosting a quiz night tomorrow evening, Saturday 8 October. It'll be teams of 6-8 people and it's $10 entry per person. All the questions have multiple-choice answers, so even if you haven't got a clue, you might still guess the correct answer. There'll be eight rounds of 10 questions each with topics ranging from geography, sport, entertainment, science, nature and history. Doors will be open from 7pm, and the quiz will start at about 7.45pm. A light supper will be available half-way through.


Trevor Mangan Electrical

Long-time player and current vice-President Trevor Mangan started his own electrical company last month. Trevor is an Irish- and New Zealand-qualified electrician.

If anyone around the Wellington region is looking for some electrical work done, Trevor's your man. You can contact him on 022 673 5962 or at Quotes are free, so just send him a message or give him a call. 

Trevor is also a talented artist, and in his spare time, he brings a new lease of life to second-hand goods. Check him out @greenkiwiart on Instagram. 




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