Tir Chonaill Gaels Easter Seven-a-Side Tournament
2007 Winners - Killybegs
Tir Chonaill Gaels Football Club in London invites entries for their annual seven-a-side football competition on Easter Saturday, 22nd March, 2008. This international seven-a-side football tournament is only one of many events the Club organises each year but it is regarded as one of the most prestigious of its type.
Now in its seventh year this popular event attracts entries and followers from all over Ireland and Britain. This year it is hoped to have 24 teams in the men’s section and 8 in the ladies competition.
In 2007 teams from Armagh, Antrim, Donegal, Roscommon, London and Britain entered. The 2005 All Ireland Club Champions, Salthill Knocknacarra from Galway won the 2006 Easter Sevens while Killybegs from Donegal won the tournament for the second time in 2007. Already plans are under way for 2008 to ensure the tournament provides a competitive and fun packed day.
The Tir Chonaill Gaels Football Club was formed in 1962 by a group of Donegal men in Kilburn to facilitate the rising Donegal community in London. Since then the Club has come a long way. They have won eleven London and British Senior Championships in its short history and also competed in ten All Ireland Club Championship Quarter Finals against many of Ireland’s top sides. These include Lavey (twice), Crossmaglen, Burren, Nemo Rangers, Balinderry, Knockmore, Castlebar Mitchells, Castlehaven and Salthill Knocknacarra. On many of these occasions the Tir Chonaill Gaels have run these teams very close.
Tir Chonaill Gaels are the only club in Britain that have their own playing fields and club house. There are three full sized pitches, two under age pitches and a training pitch with floodlights. The clubhouse has appropriate social, meeting and changing facilities available.
The Gaels are the only football Club in London with teams participating at all youth and adult levels. 2007 was a memorable year for the Club on the field of play with London success at U.16 and U.21 Level. The Reserve team won the League and the Championship double. The Seniors won the Championship, League, Tipperary Cup and Conway Cup making it a London clean sweep.
Next up is a mouth watering clash against reigning all-Ireland champions Crossmaglen Rangers in the all-Ireland club quarter final, in Ruislip, on January 27th.
It’s a great pleasure to see clubs returning year after year. This year we welcome back the All Saints Club from Ballymena, with former player Timmy Connolly, returning for their sixth year!
The Club extend an open invitation to any club in Ireland to come across for the 2008 Tournament, or indeed visit them at any time for a challenge match. Tir Chonaill Gaels can help with the organisation of travel and accommodation etc.
Interested Clubs should contact Club Officers:
Stephen McLoughlin 0044 7788 723 922
Steven Keane 0044 7950 262 609
Niall Erskine 0044 7875 454 051
Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 31st January 2008