London GAA: Magnificent Parnells ladies World Champions

London GAA Magnificent Parnells ladies World Champions
12 August 2016; Parnells players celebrate their side’s victory following the GAA World Games Ladies Football Irish Cup Final during Day 4 of the Etihad Airways GAA World Games 2016 at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

London ladies’ footballers beat teams from around the world at UCD and Croke Park to bring Cup to the UK

By Larry Cooney

Three Britain-based teams contested the Etihad Airways GAA World Games finals of the 2016 in Croke Park last Friday with Parnells ladies emerging victorious in their football final against Australasia.

Earlier that morning a Britain native team narrowly lost out to North America in the Camogie Cup (Native) final while Australasia overwhelmed Tara in the Irish camogie decider.

Last Friday’s Finals day in GAA headquarters had been the culmination of the four-day tournament designed to showcase the growth and spread of Gaelic games throughout the globe. And after the success of the inaugural games in Abu Dhabi last year there is no doubt that it is an event that will continue to grow.

London GAA Magnificent Parnells ladies World Champions
Ann Nolan of Australasia in action against Anie Gormley of Parnells. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

There were 57 teams competing in the tournament across eight different competitions in Hurling, Football, Camogie and Ladies Football. Over 25 of the teams were non-Irish teams or ‘native’, which has highlighted the huge development of Gaelic Games that has gone on around the World.

A key feature of the 2016 World Games event will be that the growing number of new GAA clubs made up of non-native Irish people who have discovered Gaelic games and have made it their sport of choice. There will be over 25 non-Irish born teams at the event, which demonstrates the growing strength and appeal of the GAA abroad.

London GAA Magnificent Parnells ladies World Champions
Hannah Noonan of Britain Parnells in action against Kate Bryne of New York Irish. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

More than 1,200 Gaelic footballers, hurlers and camogie players from 10 regions and 20 countries around the globe brought Gaelic games home to Ireland in UCD’s Belfield and Croke Park for the first time after last year’s successful inaugural event in Abu Dhabi last year.

Apart from Britain teams from as far away as Australia, South Africa, and Argentina were present, as well as teams from China, Canada, the Middle East, New York, North America, Asia and Europe including France, Germany and Galicia in northern Spain. Consequently as many as 7,000 people were involved in the Etihad Airways GAA World Games festival in Dublin between players, team officials, administrators, families and supporters.

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After the opening ceremony parade during the interval of the Kilkenny-Waterford All-Ireland hurling semi-final in Croke Park last Sunday week, the visiting teams also took part in a major cultural and heritage night and concert at the Helix Theatre in DCU.

London GAA Magnificent Parnells ladies World Champions
Grainne Heduan, left, of Australasia in action against Renee Murphy of Parnells. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Before the closing ceremony at Croke Park at the end of last week a dedicated coaching forum also took place. London clubs and Britain (Native) teams descend on Dublin for World Games Players from six different London clubs and camogie finalists Britain (native) travelled to Dublin last week to represent Britain GAA.

Camogie was the best represented of the four sports with a total of five teams including Croydon, Tara, Thomas Mc- Curtin’s, Britain and Fr. Murphy’s.

London GAA Magnificent Parnells ladies World Champions
12 August 2016; Fiona Morrissey, centre, of Tara in action against Louise Holland, left, and Marie O Halloran, right, of Australia during Day 4 of the Etihad Airways GAA World Games 2016 at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The Murphys were also involved in the ladies football competition as well as competition winners Parnells.

Tir Chonaill Gaels were the sole representatives in the men’s football competition while Britain had no representation whatsoever in the hurling competition.

London GAA Magnificent Parnells ladies World Champions
Tir Chonaill Gaels: Plate Winners

But that competition in the native grade also had some very interesting teams including Germany, Brittany, Galicia and Argentina.


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