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Gaelic Football Club - est. 1975

About GAA

 The GAA’s values are the heart and soul of our Association. In every Club around the world they are what binds us, what makes us unique and what attracts more and more players, members, volunteers and supporters.

Mission

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is a community-based volunteer organisation promoting Gaelic games, culture and lifelong participation.

Vision

We welcome everybody to be part of our Association. Our vision is that everybody has the opportunity to be welcomed to take part in our games and culture, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to keep a lifelong engagement with our Association.

Values

Community Identity Respect
• Community is at the heart of our Association. Everything we do helps to enrich the communities we serve
• We foster a clear sense of identity and place
Amateur Status
• We are a volunteer led organisation
• All our members play and engage in our games as amateurs
• We provide a games programme at all levels to meet the needs of all our players
Inclusiveness
• We welcome everybody to be part of our Association
• We are anti sectarian
• We are anti racist
• We respect each other on and off the playing fields
• We operate with integrity at all levels
• We listen and respect the views of all

Player Welfare
• We provide the best playing experience for all our players.
• We structure our games to allow players of all abilities to reach their potential
Teamwork
• Effective teamwork on and off the field is the cornerstone of our Association
• Ní neart go cur le chéile (There is no strength without working together)

You can learn more about GAA by visiting their official website. Also, download this informational PDF for your convenience.

History of Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association (CGAA)

The Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association (CGAA) is the Incorporated and officially recognized governing body for the Country of Canada for the three Gaelic games and Cultural Organizations namely the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and the Camogie Association (CA) whose headquarters are all based in Dublin, Ireland. The CGAAis the Final Authority on all matters within its Jurisdiction.

In eight provinces (five time zones and 9,306 km of extreme width distance) of the Maple Leaf County are 14 communities of affiliated GAA clubs with over 1000 playing participants.

The Western Divisional Board (2004) consisting of British Columbia’s Vancouver Irish Sporting and Social Club and Fraser Valley Gaels; Alberta’s Calgary Chieftains, Red Deer Eire Ogs (Mens), Edmonton Wolfe Tones; and Saskatchewan’s Regina Gaels (Mens). The Toronto Divisional Board (1947) consisting of Ontario’s Toronto Na Piarsaigh CLG, Clann nanGael Hurling, St. Mikes, St. Pats, St. Vincents (Mens), Gaels (Mens), Camogie Club, Roger Casements (Ladies); Durham Robert Emmets.

The Eastern Divisional Board (2014) consisting of Ontario’s Ottawa Gaels; Quebec’s Montreal Shamrocks and University of Concordia Warriors; Quebec City Les Patriotes and Hurling Quebec; Nova Scotia’ s Halifax Gaels, Prince Edward Island Celts and Newfoundland and Labrador’s St. John’s Avalon Harps.

The founding of the CGAA took place in Toronto, Ontario on Sunday, November 15th 1987. Ireland’s GAA President Dr. Mick Loftus of Crossmolina, County Mayo, chaired the meeting. Among those in attendance were Toronto’s Cormac O’Muiri, Ottawa’s Pat Kelly, Montreal’s Paul Moran and Paddy Dunne (R.I.P.).

The first elections of officers were Toronto’s Paul Kennedy as Chairman, Vancouver’s John O’Flynn as Secretary and Ottawa’s Michael Connolly as Treasurer.

Others who have served on the County Board since its foundation include Diarmuid O’Connor, Noelle Russell, Sean Harte, Matthew Healy, FionnualaMcGovern, Pat Donnelly, Billy Millar, Lorraine Morley, Jarlath Connaughton,Eddie Mangan, Yvonne Morley, John O’Flynn and Ronan Corbett.

Youth organizations within the CGAA include Vancouver ISSC, Calgary Na Fianna, Toronto Chieftains, Ottawa Gaels and Ottawa Eire Og Hurling.

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