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Éire Óg Sevilla

Éire Óg Sevilla[1] is a GAA club based in Seville (Andalusia). Established on St Patrick´s Day of 2009, they play in green and red jerseys, black shorts and black socks. Kevin Lenane, one of the co-founders is from Ardmore, County Waterford and the other co-founder, Conor Cuckian, is from Raheeny in Dublin.[2]

Éire Óg Sevilla
Éire Óg Sevilla
Founded:2009
County:Europe
Nickname:Los verdirojos
Colours:Red and green
Grounds:San Jerónimo club
Playing kits
Standard colours

In February 2010, the club played its first friendly match, an away game against Marbella Costa Gaels. Then in March it had its first taste of the big time at the first round of the Iberian championship in Marbella. On 8 May 2010, they competed in the 3rd round of the Iberian Championships in Madrid, they lost to St Vincent Valencia at the semi-final stage.

In 2011, Éire Óg hosted their first ever round of Iberian Championship, on 19 February. They came through the group stages and lost to a strong Barcelona Gaels at the semi-final stage. They were beaten after extra-time in an epic 3rd/4th place play-off with Madrid Harps.[3] In April the team travelled to Madrid and came through the group stages once again only to be beaten into 3rd yet again by Madrid. On 28 May, the team travelled to Valencia to play the 4th round and started well with a win against A Coruña but got well beaten by the "big 3" (Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia) in the group stages.

2012 saw the formation of the Ladies team. The club started the year by hosting the first round with the Men´s team losing by a point to Madrid Harps in the final and the Ladies won their final against Valencia. The team travelled to Madrid in April 2012 to compete in a tournament. The men's team flew through their group and beat Barcelona in the semi-final for a place in the final. The ladies team also came through their group and semi-final, so both teams were in the final. The ladies were first up and were narrowly beaten by Madrid. The men played next and beat Madrid to win their first ever final.

In January 2013, the club received international attention after exhibiting Gaelic football to a crowd watching a La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Granada.[4][5][6]

As of 2013, Éire Óg Sevilla compete in the newly formed Andalusian league, competing against Costa Gaels Marbella and Gibraltar Gaels. Gibraltar Gaels are the first winners of the event. Sevilla and Costa Gaels amalgamated to form the Andalucía Rebels to compete in the Madrid round of the Iberian championship in June where they were beaten by Barcelona in the Semi-final.

The 2013/2014 season looks promising with Éire Óg, Gibraltar and Costa Gaels again playing in the Andalusian league with the possible inclusion of a third team from either Granada or Cordoba.

Nearby clubs include Costa Gaels and Gibraltar Gaels.[7]

The club has gone from strength to strength since the beginning of 2016, with the men’s team taking out the Andalusian Championship in May, and going on to play in the international championship in Madrid against teams from Valencia, Madrid, Galicia and Barcelona soon after.

In early 2017, the women’s team hosted their first international invitational tournament against teams from Spain, Belgium and Ireland, taking out second place after a series of hard-fought games[8].

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official Éire Óg Sevilla web".
  2. ^ "Monday Night Football: Spanish GAA club set for La Liga half-time show". The Score. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Éire Óg Sevilla in Gaelic Games Europe".
  4. ^ "Éire Óg Seville bring Gaelic football to La Liga". RTÉ Sport. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  5. ^ "GAA exhibition went down a storm in Sevilla". Hogan Stand. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Video: Footage from Eire Og Seville's GAA exhibition match during a La Liga game this week". JOE.ie. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  7. ^ "La Liga welcomes gaelic football". Hogan Stand. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  8. ^ "International Ladies tournament gallery". sevillegaa.com.