International Gaelic Football Camp Marbella with Peter Cavanan

Pictured at the launch of the International Gaelic Football Camp in Marbella is Kieran Kennedy (O’Neill’s Sportswear) with coaches Peter Canavan, Benny Tierney and Enda Kilpatrick.

Peter, Benny and Enda will be joined at the camp by coaches from the Costa Gaels club as well as former Galway star Sean óg de Paor. Held in the picturesque setting of Ojen the camp will run this year from Monday 13th to Friday 17th July

To book a place on the camp or to arrange accommodation contact Shirley on 0034 665 054 858 or email

30 reasons that GAA is better than Soccer

I came across these points and they made me laugh regarding the argument between “soccer” and “Football” and which was better.  Some cut close to the bone so beware!

  1. The GAA player who played in front of 80,000 at the weekend will be teaching your children, selling you meat or fixing your drains on Monday morning. The soccer player who plays in front of 80,000 will be moaning about playing too many games and will be trying to sell you his personalised brand of leisure wear.
  2. GAA nicknames are better. Soccer players just add a Y to their surnames.
  3. Cork vs Kerry is a real derby. What does Utd. Vs City mean to Vidic or Robinho?
  4. How many soccer players does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer eleven. One to stick it in and ten to surround and kiss him after he does it.
  5. Soccer players go to the papers after a game. GAA players go to the pub.
  6. John Terry would run a mile if he came up against Francie Bellew.
  7. GAA teams are numbered 1-15. A soccer team reads like the lottery results.
  8. All soccer players wear shin pads. Some hurlers don’t even wear helmets.
  9. Television runs soccer. Schoolteachers run the GAA.
  10. The GAA is about where you’re from. Soccer is about who you like.
  11. No segregation at GAA games.
  12. No soccer team has a nickname quite as lovely as the Fighting Cocks of Carlow.
  13. Bubble perms never made it to Croke Park.
  14. A scoreless draw in the GAA would be quite a novelty.
  15. Roman Abramovich can buy the League. You can’t buy the Liam McCarthy or Sam McGuire. There’s no stupid offside rule in GAA.
  16. There’s no soccer commentator like Michael O’Murcheartaigh ‘The goalie hits a very very long ball way, way out on the field’ – what a legend.
  17. You always know what country your teachers come from the day after a weekend full of GAA action.
  18. GAA players run faster, hit harder and last longer. Nobody acts like a grenade just went off if they get tripped.
  19. Croke Park.
  20. The championship means summer. The FA (or FAI) Cup means winter
  21. Soccer players always describe the game they have just played in the same guarded way. There is nothing like a GAA player cutting loose “He ate the shite out of us” said an Offaly player of Eamon Cregans half time speech in the All-Ireland a couple of years ago.
  22. Under age players get to be part of the biggest days in hurling and football. No one cares one bit about the junior soccer teams.
  23. Rural villages = A Church, A Post-office, a Pub and a GAA pitch.
  24. We don’t have eejits running around doing somersaults and cartwheels all over the pitch while ssshing the crowd after putting a ball between two posts

You can catch the Original Conversation on Yahoo UK Forums. (and yes I know the title said 30 reasons but I thought I would leave you with 6 reasons for yourself…add them in the comments below if ya like).

GAA Football Tournament Spain in Marbella, Ojen Village

This Saturday the 13th of March (unlucky for some so they say!) is the day when teams from all over Spain including Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona, Valencia and Seville converge on the Village of Ojen to play the Marbella leg of the Iberian GAA League.

The day will be packed with Football including Mens and Ladies games and with ten teams in total that’s going to make for one very strict schedule as we aim to play the final and play-offs for the 5 o’ clock finish time. The games and time schedule is listed below in so far as the first rounds anyway and the end of the day:

9:00 Marbella V Pamplona Valencia
9:30 Valencia V Seville Marbella
10:00 Madrid V Barcelona Valencia
10:30 Pamplona V Barcelona Seville
11:00 Seville V Madrid Pamplona
11:30 Barcelona V Valencia Madrid
12:00 Marbella V Barcelona Madrid
12:30 Valencia V Madrid Barcelona
13:00 Lunch
13:30 Madrid V Valencia Barcelona
14:00 Semi1 A1 v B2 B3
14:30 Semi1 A2 v B1 A3
15:00 Ladies Final 3rd Place Team
15:30 Mens Final Loser Semi 1
16:00 5th/6th Playoff Loser Semi 2
16:30 3rd/4th Playoff 6th Place team
19:00 Dinner, Taberna, Marbella
20.30 Prizes, Raffle and general merriment , Claddagh Pub, Marbella

After all the games are sorted, some of you might need to have a wee drink and some grub. (I say some of you…you know I mean all of you!)  The food is being arranged at Matambre, just around the corner from the Claddagh Bar and past Beckitts restaurant where we have quite a tasty of selection of Tapas and Munchies.  In case you get lost, heres the bars and places we recommend when your in town.

Costa Gaels friendly against Seville this Sunday

Just had confirmation that the friendly game against Seville will be going ahead on Sunday at 1pm in Ojen.  If your playing, shine yer boots and if yer not playing then put a note in your diary to come to Ojen and watch the game. If the guys can get in touch with either Justin or Gordon and see about arrangements for getting to Ojen in advance and in good time (like 12:30 at the latest) that would be great.

Directions to the Ojen pitch are on this page.

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