In 2015, Gaelic Games Europe decided to start a Twinning Programme between GAA clubs in Ireland and Europe.
Gaelic Games across Europe have seen an astounding development in the past few years. Dozens of new clubs were founded and existing clubs have made great strides in all codes. In order to further this development, we encourage all clubs in Europe to consider twinning with a club in Ireland.
Gaelic Games Europe can help to establish contact between interested clubs and provide guidelines and ideas on how to progress. For example, twinned clubs can organise friendly matches and exchange knowledge in many areas such as training, club administration, fundraising, public relations etc… All details of the twinning relationship will be left for the two clubs to decide on.
Two such relationships were soon set up, between A Coruña (Galicia) and Nemo Rangers (Cork), and between Lorient (Britanny) and Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway).
A third twinning was made official just recently between Berlin (Germany) and Ballyboden/St.Enda’s (Dublin):
Berlin GAA are delighted and honoured to announce that we are now officially twinned with Ballyboden St Endas -…
We have received very positive feedback from all involved in existing twinnings and are hoping to bring together many more clubs in 2017, thereby strengthening links between the homeland of our sports and one of the fastest growing counties in the world.
Clubs which have previously expressed interest to be twinned will be approached shortly. Anyone interested is very welcome to contact Gaelic Games Europe’s Officer for Language and Culture Robert Henneberg at firstname.lastname@example.org for any question, feedback or information on the topic.