New Partnership with Marbella Rugby Club

New Partnership with Marbella Rugby Club

Its been a strange, and difficult time over the last year and a half with the various restrictions and requirements we have all had to adapt to since the beginning of the pandemic and the Costa Gaels club and Committee have made every effort to ensure the club has remained stable and available to all our members and friends, sometimes in a small capacity, other times in a major fashion, but this is what the club is for and I want to take a moment and thank every member, social member, parent, player and all our kids for their positive attitude and strong will over this difficult time.

Thank you for making this club so great. It really makes us proud!

Thought this period we have also had deep discussions and spent time working with our friends at the Marbella Rugby Club, facing the same issues as ourselves and doing our utmost to remain strong together, provide positive sporting opportunities and ensure regulations are met and social events are both fun and comfortable in the current environment.

Through this effort, we have come closer together and delved into further strengthening and solidifying the bonds we have forged over the last few years through our shared interests and efforts.

With that, we are delighted to announce that the Marbella Rugby Club and Costa Gaels are now becoming one and the same while we all strive together to make both clubs bigger, better, and stronger by focusing in on mutual development, cultural development, and cross-community integration with the brilliant family at the Marbella Rugby Club and we know we will be a positive force for the future.

Already we are back training and on this last Sunday, we did our first combined training session with the Marbella Rugby Ladies team and the Costa Gales Ladies team who trained together practicing a Gaelic football session and a Rugby session between the 2 groups. It was a great experience and one we will be continuing with the men and kids as we come back to regular training and matches!

Small steps make big differences and from this one effort, we have expanded our community and begun forming new bonds and friendships between our respective clubs.

The future is bright and we are excited to continue this season expanding on this great effort.

A big thank you to Marbella Rugby Club should be said as well. It’s been great and getting better all!

If you’re new to either sport or to the area don’t hesitate to get in touch here:

We have and cater to all ages and all skill levels and are very welcoming to all individuals who want to get involved and benefit from the amazing setup we have here.

See you soon and lets get training!

Justin Parks
Chairperson – Costa Gaels Marbella


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Gaelic football season in Spain kicks off in style!

Marbella Rugby Club played host last weekend to an inaugural Gaelic football tournament to launch the 2013/14 Andalucian league. Hosted by the Marbella-based Costa Gaels, teams from Gibraltar and Seville traveled to take part in the friendly tournament that saw the sides swap and share players in the amiable spirit of the tournament.

The bleachers at Marbella Rugby Club were packed with families, friends and spectators who were treated to an energetic and skillful display of Gaelic footballing skills. A BBQ followed the matches before the teams inevitably moved on to various Irish bars along the coast!

The Costa Gaels – newly sponsored by Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Bar in La Cala de Mijas – will kick off this year’s Andalucian GAA League by travelling away to Seville on November 16th. A tough pre-season training schedule and an influx of new players puts the Costa Gaels in prime position to take down this year’s trophy.

Not surprising given the international aspect of the Costa del Sol, the Costa Gaels have the most eclectic group of players of all the Andalucian teams. Players from Ireland, the UK, Holland, Spain and Iraq make up the side, and the team is looking forward to a successful season this year.

For more information and a full schedule of this year’s tournaments check out our fixtures page!

Costa Gaels host friendly tournament in Marbella Rugby Club!

Hot on the heels of a sensational Gaelic football season that’s just wrapped up back home, a sunnier, smaller, and potentially just-as-sensational season is about to kick off in southern Spain.

Marbella’s Costa Gaels are back – bigger, bolder, fitter, stronger and faster – and will be hosting an inaugural Andalucian tournament to launch this year’s Gaelic football league in sunny Spain.

The Costa Gaels will be joined once again by teams from Seville and Gibraltar for the southern league, but this year may see the introduction of two new fledgling GAA teams from Cordoba and Granada.

While it’s still early days for these developing clubs, a big welcome is extended to both teams and it’s hoped that they can make it to next week’s Marbella tournament. An expanded league with more teams would give a great boost to the game in Spain, and extend the number of teams in the country to 17.

Marbella Rugby Club will host the Irish football tournament on October 19th, with games starting at 2pm and continuing until around 6pm. There’ll be a tasty BBQ available during the games and afterwards and – more importantly – the clubhouse bar will be open all day long to cater for the thirst requirements of friends, families, spectators and players alike. All are welcome and it promises to be a great day out.

Marbella’s Costa Gaels are raring to go following a tough pre-season training schedule and promise to make their new sponsors – Biddy Mulligans Irish Bar in La Cala de Mijas – and their fantastic adopted home – Marbella Rugby Club – proud in what promises to be an exciting season.

Also, the Costa Gaels has recently begun its juvenile club and is initially offering FREE training for children, boys and girls, from 4 years old to 14 years old on Wednesday evenings at 7pm – 8pm and Sunday mornings from 11am to midday in the Marbella Rugby grounds – feel free to come along!

See you on October 19th!!


RTE’s John Murray Show interviews Achilles the Iraq GAA Goalkeeper!

We were really happy to hear from John Reilly of RTE who heard about Akilles Haider, the Iraq Goalkeeper for the Costa Gaels and wanted to do an interview of him for the John Murray Show.

Akilles gives a great interview with Pat Kenny about leaving Baghdad, joining the Merchant Navy and inevitably, ending up in an Irish Pub and playing Gaelic Football with the ex-pats on the Costa Del Sol.

Go on the Baghdad Bomber! Well done Akilles!

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