Irish Society Dubai – Social Group
The Dubai Irish Society was established in 1974 and is one of the earliest established ex pat societies in Dubai. The focus of the Dubai Irish Society is to promote and support Irish Culture and the Irish Community in Dubai.
Under new Dubai Community Development Authority rules, we have had to register and rename the group in 2017 to the official “Irish Society Club” however you will also see us hosting events under the name, the Irish Society Dubai.
Since its inception The Irish Society provides social, sporting and cultural events relevant to Irish people living in Dubai. We have our annual fixed events such as the Dubai selection of the Rose of Tralee, Santa in the Desert and St. Patrick’s Day Ball. There are also a variety of monthly social events which take place at various locations around Dubai.
In recent years the Irish Society has forged links with other Irish associations within the Emirate most notably the Irish Business Network (IBN), The Dubai Celts GAA Club and The Dubai Irish Golf Society.
Through these links we have seen the society grow from strength to strength with record numbers of Gaelic Football teams traveling in from around the Gulf to attend the annual Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games and also our social gatherings consistently boasting sold out events.
The Irish Society also works very closely with the Irish Embassy based in Abu Dhabi, the society has coordinated with the Embassy on high profile visits such as the visit of former Uachtarán na hÉireann Mary McAleese.
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McGettigan’s Golf Society was established in September 2012 providing beginners and advanced golfers the opportunity to play on some of the UAEs finest golf courses at discounted rates and also on a sociable, enjoyable and competitive level.
Our outings are held on a monthly basis across the UAE and competition formats vary from singles, doubles to team events. Key events throughout the year includes annual trips to Abu Dhabi (Yas Links), Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah as well as the Captain’s Day event which is held at the Els Club every September.
Since 2012, we have seen the interest grow rapidly with over 250 golfers (From all different Nationalities – Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, South African, Indian, Australian, American) now registered on the society database.
We have a very strong reputation regarding the social side of our society days and support our key sponsor McGettigan’s by returning to the bar after outings for meals/drinks and prize givings.
If you are interested in joining the society, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout the 90’s and early 00’s there were many unhappy souls aimlessly wandering the desert, from one watering hole to another, in search of The Holy Grail “ to watch The Famous Glasgow Celtic live on the telly in Dubai, with other like-minded supporters”. Our prayers were answered, when during the run to the UEFA Cup Final in Seville we finally found our home and the Dubai Hoops was born.
Founded in 2003 by a group of expats residing in Dubai and still lead by the club President Martin McGinty, the Dubai Hoops CSC has been an integral part of the Celtic Community in the Middle East. The go-to place to watch the matches for resident members here in Dubai or welcoming Celtic fans visiting from all over the world either on holiday or in transit.
In recent seasons we moved our Home to the new Parish of McGettigan’s DWTC, where we have a dedicated bar upstairs in the Den. With the support of the McGettigan’s Team we have transformed the bar into a real “Celtic Pub” with some amazing and unique memorabilia on show.
Throughout its history, the Dubai Hoops CSC has, and will continue, to promote the ethos of our great club through social inclusion and providing help to the many local and international charities. Although we are many miles away from Celtic Park, we are still as passionate as ever about our club and hope that we have brought our little piece of Paradise to Dubai. A Club truly open to all since 2003.
You can join the Dubai Hoops CSC in McGettigan’s DWTC during every match Celtic play. No matter what time of day.
Dubai Irish Football Club was founded in 1998 and was one of the original founding member teams of the Dubai Amateur Football League (DAFL). Originally the club was made up of one team primarily of Irish Expatriates but almost sixteen years later we have grown and developed into more than just a football club.
Although still heavily represented by the Irish in Dubai we now have more than 10 nationalities playing for the club. For many new comers and those already residents of Dubai it provides, first and foremost, a platform to play football but just as important as this is that Dubai Irish FC provides an avenue to meet people and develop a social circle in Dubai.
Due to the success of the club over the past 7 years, in particular, the club has grown year on year and this season saw Dubai Irish FC launch a 6th team into the DAFL. The club now has over 120 registered playing members. Dubai Irish FC are currently defending the DAFL premier League title and are aiming to make it 4 in a row in the 2017/2018 Season.
Players of all levels are welcome at the club whether it’s to push hard for a place on the first team or just to enjoy the training sessions, play for one of the more social teams and enjoy the “off the pitch” activities that the club provides.
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Dubai Celts is not just your regular sports club-it’s a community-a Celts family if you will-that has expanded significantly since its inception in 1995. Now in our 21st year, Dubai Celts now fields not only Gaelic Football teams, but also Hurling, Camogie and under-age teams, which is a fantastic achievement for this part of the world so far from home. Training at Sports City in Dubai pulls well over 180 keen sports enthusiasts three nights a week and taking up two state of the art pitches.
People don’t just join the Celts for the love of sport, rather for the social aspect and for the fast friends that will be made. There is a strong community feel among the Celts and this has reached prospective members ears long before they reach our shore-the community is further supported by companies in Dubai with strong Irish links, namely Dubai Duty Free, McGettigan’s and Fibber McGees, who have all maintained their backing of our club through the years, helping us grow and build-this year we are taking on extra sponsorship kindly supplied by Keoghs-Dubai Celts GAA club would struggle to function in the UAE if it were not for this fantastic support.
With the popularity of the GAA across the world now being recognised by Sky Sports, there seems to be a new found interest in the Gaelic Games in different cultures. The rise in non-Irish playing is surely testament to the fact that joining a GAA team is more than just about the sporting culture, it is about the sense of community and welcome that the Irish are known for. Best of luck to all our players taking part in the Bahrain Tournament!!
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Dubai Sharks RFC was founded in 2009 as the senior men’s team playing in the UAE conference as a UAERF affiliated rugby club.Dubai Sharks RFC was born of the Arabian Potbellies and has since adopted the Dubai Frogs, these teams remain as key parts of the Dubai Sharks RFC, the Arabian Potbellies being the veterans/touring team identity and the Frogs being a tournament team identity.
Dubai Sharks RFC is made up of a great bunch of guys (and girls) with members from all over the world. We play serious rugby with commitment and have an equal commitment to the social aspects of the game. This is summed up by our club motto Serious Rugby, Seriously Social…
Our vision is twofold, to promote rugby locally and internationally and to maintain a position as one of the middle east’s leading rugby clubs whilst doing so
Bedok Kings Rugby Football Club is one of Singapore’s leading sports clubs. Founded in 1996 by Onishi-san, the club has strived to provide an open and inclusive environment for men and women of all abilities to enjoy the game of rugby. Bedok Kings prides itself on youth development, its inclusive (and boisterous) culture and our focus on continually improving all facets of how we run the club and perform on the field. IT’S GOOD TO BE A KING!
The EFA is a collective group of expats from all nationalities and backgrounds here in Dubai coming together for the love of football.
The EFA hosts 5/6/7 and 11 a side leagues across Dubai and combine this with a huge social element including meet-ups, brunches and general social events.
Dubai’s fastest growing football association catering for expats and allowing great networking opportunities for newcomers to Dubai.
We are proud to be partnered with McGettigan’s.Website – www.efadubai.com
Jumeirah Gaels GAA club was established in March 2015, when the club entered a Social team into the World GAA Games in Abu Dhabi. The team consisted of a few friends and work colleagues who were keen to start something fresh for the Irish expat community in Dubai. After competing well, the start-up committee decided to enter Jumeirah Gaels officially into the 2015/2016 Middle East League, where a fantastic journey commenced.
The Jumeirah Gaels made history in its first season, by securing the Mens Junior League title and promoting themselves to the Intermediate grade for the 2016/2017 season. It was a marvelous achievement for the newest club in the region and from commencing the season with 6-8 players, the club has now grown massively with 4 Mens teams and 4 Ladies teams.
The clubs success continued into the 2016/2017 season with the Mens team securing promotion to the Senior ranks year. Training for the Gaels takes place on Monday and Wednesdays at Dubai Sports City. All are welcome to join in on the action.
The club would also like to say a huge thank you to the Middle East County Board (MEB) for their support and well wishes over the past 18 months during which time our new club has been formed and developed. Jumeirah Gaels Patrick Moynagh, James Kennedy and co. all the very best for the coming few years leading Middle East GAA forward on the overseas Gaelic Games circuit.
Jumeirah Gaels would like to thank McGettigans, who have joined the club as a sponsor and the club looks forward to maintaining a strong relationship over the coming years.
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Rugby League Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of rugby league across the island of Ireland. We are currently ranked 7th in the world rankings at senior level and have teams representing Ireland at student, under 19 and wheelchair levels.
Domestically we have a vibrant competition running since 2000 which has teams in all 4 provinces. This is played as a summer competition and culminates with an All Ireland final to crown the All Ireland champions. Following on from this we play a State of Origin competition between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and the players from these games go on for selection for the full senior team.
By beating Spain and Russia in October 2016, we secured qualification for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup which will be played in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Ireland have been drawn in Group C and face the following clashes:
• 29th October Vs Italy in Cairns
• 5th November Vs Papua New Guinea in Port Morseby, PNG
• 12th November Vs Wales in Perth
McGettigan’s have been title sponsors for Rugby League Ireland since 2015. This exclusive sponsorship agreement sees the McGettigan’s branding across all the teams involved in Rugby League in Ireland from the domestic clubs, schools, students, State of Origin, wheelchair and Senor International teams.
Rugby League Ireland are delighted to continue our relationship with McGettigan’s and we are thrilled with the opportunities that this continues to presents us in our development of the game of Rugby League in Ireland. McGettigan’s is a company that is expanding around the world and is at an exciting time in its growth and we look forward to this relationship developing even further into the future and thank Dennis and the team for the support they are showing us.
The Entertainer Dubai Dingoes are the oldest established Australian sporting association in Dubai. Our aim is to promote Australian sports and culture in the Gulf and establish a sense of community among the expatriate population.
Our club was initially established in 2006, as the first Australian Rules football team in the Middle East and then hosted the first ever Aussie Rule tournament – ‘The Dubai 9’s’.
In 2008/2009 we joined the newly established AFL Middle East League, which is fully endorsed by the AFL in Melbourne. The league now has teams from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
Our teams also participate in various international tournaments including the ANZAC Cup, the Bali Masters Dubai Rugby Sevens which attract players from all around the globe.
With the addition of our rugby sevens program and recruitment as well as the Gaelic Football league, our club is made up of all walks of life from all nations .
This is what being a Dingoe is all about . We envisage the club continuing it’s growth to become the number one Sports and Social Club in Dubai.
We are always keen to meet potential players, social members or sponsors and look forward to seeing you at the games.
Player to watch: All of us as we come from DINGOLAND!!
The Abu Dhabi Wolfhounds FC is an amateur football club, founded in the spring of 2011 by Irish Expatriates living in the capital.
From humble beginnings, the club has grown from strength to strength and now boasts over 120 active players, coaches and technical staff.
The Wolfhounds is a truly multinational club with players hailing from all corners of the globe.
To date the Wolfhounds have 3 league titles to their name and continue to be the most dominant team in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Al Reem Shamrocks are a GAA club based in Abu Dhabi formed in 2017. We made our debut in the Middle East league in Dubai in October 2017 and were well represented with six teams in the Junior and Social competitions for men and women. We have players of many nationalities and levels of experience which is a testament to how popular GAA has become in the Middle East. Despite being new on the scene Al Reem Shamrocks has already built a strong sense of community and is an ideal meeting place for expats to continue playing the sport that they love and for beginners to learn a sport which has gripped the Middle East and much further afield.
Hammersmith & Fulham RFC was established in 1978 by a group of teachers from a local school, who noticed that there were under used playing fields in Hurlingham Park, that could provide rugby union for local school children and adults on weekends.
So they approached the council and got approval to use the grounds for rugby union and therefore the Club was formed, with close links to the council and the local community.
Since 1978, the Club has grown substantially from one men’s team to where it is now, which regularly puts out five men’s teams, one ladies team and over 350 children in our youth section on every weekend between September and April, making the Club probably the largest amateur rugby union club in Middlesex.
With the sponsorship provided by McGettigan’s the Club can continue to provide a much needed sporting activity to the local community.
Fulham Irish GAA Club was officially formed in January 2006.
John Doyle, a native of Carlow and Liam Barry, a Limerick man, decided it was time to form a new club that would serve the needs of the increasing professional population in Central London.
They contacted Mike Rice, of Kerry origin, to gauge his interest. Mike was excited by the idea and so on December 10, 2005, all three met in a pub in Park Royal to discuss the initial plan for setting up the new club.
It was at this meeting that the name, club colours and approach to setting up the club was decided.
A chance conversation with Jim Clair, from Meath, brought Liam and John in contact with Tony O’Donovan (RIP) of the Plough & Harrow public house in Leytonstone. Tony, a native of Limerick, was in the process of renovating the famous Plough & Harrow pub and wanted to join forces with a GAA team.
The meeting took place just before Christmas and Tony decided that despite the obvious problem with location, he had heard enough to know he would be the clubs main sponsor at the start.
Seamus McNelis (Tyrone) joined the club as president and is a key driving force behind the scenes at the club.
The club is currently sponsored by Kilnbridge, Cappagh, O’Halloran & O’Brien, Brian Doherty London, Finlay Group, SG McNelis Ltd, Asite, the Daly family and the Livelyhood pub group as well as the many sponsors taking adverts on the club supporter’s wall and our recent concept of past players sponsoring a match throughout the season.
Since inception, the club has been successful in many of the London competitions. The club has grown from fielding two men’s teams in 2006 to a complement of four teams in 2013, a ladies team and a hurling team representing the club in competition since 2011.The club has also been involved in coaching in the schools coaching in Fulham since 2008.The ladies team was formed following numerous requests for a ladies club to be based more centrally.
The ladies team has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of Terence Cunnea, winning all three London Junior trophies in the 2010 season and following up in 2011 with wins in the London Intermediate Championship, Provincial Junior Championship of Great Britain and the Mary Feehan Cup.
In 2013 and 2014, saw the ladies team secure the club’s sole honour with the London Intermediate Championship in 2013 and Provincial Shield in 2014.The hurling team followed a similar path to the football team with a number of players looking for a new club in the central London area.
This saw the club affiliate a hurling team in 2011. The team have started well, reaching three finals in their first year from four competitions, winning the Ronan Cup and McCullough Cup finals in 2011 and securing the Intermediate Championship in 2012. In October 2017 the club won both the Senior London County Championship and the Reserve London County Championship.
The Abu Dhabi Irish Society (ADIS) was founded in 1975 only four years after the establishment of the UAE itself and since its establishment it has grown from strength to strength. The Society’s central thrust is in the promoting of Irish culture and providing a community where both Irish and friends of the Irish can meet, network and socialise.
The ADIS works closely with The Irish Business Council in promoting Irish products and businesses while fostering strong trade links with Ireland.. The Society is also proud to have a strong relationship with Abu Dhabi Na Fianna GAA club, and more recently formed GAA clubs, which enrich the lives of many of our Irish community both young and old through the medium of Gaelic Games in the Emirate.. The Society also has a strong association with the Irish Embassy to the UAE, based in Abu Dhabi.
The success of the Abu Dhabi Irish Society is attributable in no small way to the combined efforts of a committed and dedicated committee membership who work tirelessly in the pursuit of a better and more enriched quality of life for the ex-pat community living in Abu Dhabi.