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!

Irish football in Spain gets some ink and gets ready to play Gibraltar Gaels

The Costa Gaels GAAHeres the scoop on the latest developments with the Costa Gaels football club and GAA on the Costa del Sol.

Sunday the 18th November – Costa Gaels Vs Gibraltar Gaels

Venue: Rugby Club Marbella

Directions to the pitch

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Match Time – 10:30 am

Barbecue and a bar on the grounds.

We have a serious grudge match with the Gibraltar Gaels as part of our newly formed provincial league and we would love the support of the local Irish community! Come on and enjoy a hard game of football and support the team!

Straight after our match Marbella Rugby Club are also playing a match and I’m sure you would love to watch and enjoy a good game of rugby and they would enjoy the support! So make a day of it and bring the family and friends!

Other news.

Juvenile Club

We are aiming to form a juvenile club for 16 and under in Marbella. We are raising funds and the club will be “Conquering La Concha” mountain in the next few weeks as part of this effort. If you would be interested in getting involved in the club, bringing your kids, or even playing just let us know – we would love input, support and more members!

Irish Independent and RTE

We got some ink! The Irish independent interviewed the club recently and publish an article today (Wednesday the 14th) on Page 42. Following on from that we have just had a call form RTE Radio who want to interview our (in)famous Iraqi Goal Keeper – Achilles!

He should be on the air tomorrow on the The John Murray Show at 10:30am our time!  (If you don’t know Achilles then now’s a good chance to find out about him – From Baghdad, he’s a real Tipperary supporter in the Hurling and the permanent goal keeper for the Costa Gaels Team – he even has the bullet wounds to prove it!)

You can catch it online here:

We think this is great as its positive news not only for us but for the area in general.

See you all on Sunday!