Andrew Britton Cup Details- August 6 Raleigh GAA Football Tournament!

The tournament will be held on Saturday, August 6th on the grounds of the Raleigh Vipers Rugby Club located at 7417 Poole Road, Raleigh, NC 27610. Matches will be scheduled for 12-5pm.

Men’s football teams in the NACB equivalent Junior B grade and higher will play for the Andrew Britton Cup. Men’s football teams in the NACB equivalent Junior C grade and below will play for the James & Catherine O’Sullivan Memorial Cup. The Ladies football teams will play for the Schoolkids Records Cup.

The games will be 13 a side played over 20 minute halves. The format for each cup (league, round robin, knock-out, etc.) will be determined by the number of participants but each team will be guaranteed at least two games. The after tournament party will be held at the Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant located at 311 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603 beginning at 7 pm.

Hotel recommendations can be provided upon request. Clubs should contact Joe Nett (joenett09@gmail.com) as soon as possible if you will be able to attend our tournament and if so, in which code(s) and grade(s) you will participate.

Weekly Update-July 1

No training July 4 or 6 to celebrate the holiday and to rest up for the rest of the season!
 
Inaugural TISYA Youth Camp (7/25 – 7/27):
The inaugural TISYA youth camp will be held on July 25-27 from 9:30 until 1:30 each day at Brier Creek Elementary School. Please share the flier and spread the invitation to any and all kids from 6 to 18. The cost is very low at $10 per day, or $25 for all three days. If you are interested in helping out on any of the camp days please respond to this email with the dates you would be willing to help. Everyone is welcome. Email info@tisyagaa.com for more info!
 
Winston-Salem Football Tournament (7/16)
Raleigh GAA will be back on the football tournament pitch in Winston-Salem for the 2nd annual Wolf-hound Cup! If you are interested in playing, please contact football manager Eddie Foley at EdwardMFoley@eaton.com
 
Virginia Beach Tournament (7/23)
The very next week after Winston-Salem our hurling team will travel to Virginia Beach for a tournament against a host of Mid-Atlantic teams. If you are interested in playing, please contact hurling manager John McNeilly at mcneilly_john@hotmail.com
 
Raleigh Brewing Event (7/23)
Also on 7/23 will be an event at our official brewery the Raleigh Brewing Company. We are looking for some volunteers to help with the event. If you are interested in doing so, please contact Colin Keenan at keenanco@gmail.com.
 
Charlotte Recap
Last week Raleigh traveled down to Charlotte to play in the Connolly Cup. Raleigh’s first game was against Winston-Salem and Raleigh prevailed without much difficulty. Raleigh next played against Charlotte A and entered half-time only down by 6 despite missing a fair amount of frees. Alas, Charlotte would continue to push their lead in the 2nd half and the home team emerged victorious. Raleigh players then joined a combined South East team for the final and the combined team won on a thrilling
last second goal from former Raleigh and current Atlanta player Chris Kendrick. Well played to all who traveled down!
 
Membership
Just a quick reminder that if you have not paid your membership dues, please do so by responding to this email!
 
Fundraising tickets!
It is that time again for us to sell tickets ($50 each) to win a grand
prize drawing for a trip to Ireland! The funds from this tickets go
towards helping keeping the club running, especially the costs related to sending a team to nationals each year. We also only sell 150 tickets each year to keep the chances of winning reasonable for all who purchase them. We will be distributing tickets at training sessions, but if you would
like any feel free to contact me at joenett09@gmail.com.

Raleigh GAA in Charlotte today!

Good luck to the Cu Chulainn footballers today in Charlotte at The Connolly Cup!
 
The Connolly Cup 2016 takes place in Charlotte tomorrow at OrthoCarolina Sportsplex (13301 Dorman Rd, Pineville, NC 28134), this is a change of venue for anyone traveling down from previous years and we start the competition against Winston-Salem at 12.30pm so be at the field by 11.30am. The second match against Charlotte starts at 1.45pm with the final taking place at 3.15pm.
 
The after show party will be taking place at Connolly’s on Fifth (115 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, 28209) starting an hour or so after the trophy presentation.

Thomas Burke Cup-Hurling Tournament

Home hurling 16 (1)

Last Saturday saw a feast of hurling in the City of the Oaks as Raleigh GAA hosted our annual home hurling tournament, the Thomas Burke Cup. Although the eventual outcome of the competition didn’t go exactly as planned, with Hampton Roads winning the final by a point against the home side, the tournament was still a great success. With 80 degree low humidity weather, in a well prepared Raleigh Vipers Rugby location, two mens teams from both Raleigh and Hampton Roads as well as a team from Richmond played their hearts out while the camógie game played between Hampton Roads versus a Raleigh/Richmond was a classic.

From the Raleigh GAA club perspective, there are number of people that we are very appreciative to for helping to make this competition so memorable. Firstly, I’d like to thank John McNeily for his trojan work as hurling co-ordinator. We’d also like to thank Shane McDermott, Eddie Foley, Eric Coughlin and Graham Fordham who all helped John put up the crossbars, nets and backstops together on Wednesday and Friday. Finbar Daly helped too with the cleanup work on Saturday.

On the day itself, others made huge contributions. We are very grateful to Eric Coughlin and Stacey Shields for bringing their grill, selling t-shirts, bringing signs for the pitch and setting up a lemonade stand which the kids ran with ruthless efficiency. Eddie Foley with his daughter Katie cooked on the grill throughout the tournament keeping the spectators fed and happy.

It would also be remiss of me not to thank all those spectators that turned up to watch – many of you are wives, girlfriends, partners, parents, brothers, sisters, and friends of players – your continued support is what gives the club energy as we strive to expand the playing of Gaelic Games in this part of North Carolina. Our sponsors, The Hibernian pub, were great hosts on Saturday night – we intend to be back there on many more occasions over the next 6 months!

The final people that I would like to thank are the most important (without whom we would not have had a tournament) – the Raleigh players! Almost 30 players played some part in what was the club’s first time fielding 2 hurling teams in a competition. Several of whom made a big effort to play – Kris Simino both Sean Higgins travelled over 2 hours to play while Chris Cox made the trip from Fort Bragg. Otherwise, we had players from Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary, Durham and Wake Forest which shows how the club covers the width and breadth of the Triangle. A special
shout out also goes to Mia, Ann and Dory who played camógie for the combined Raleigh /Richmond team. Without being biased, they were easily the best players on the team. Hopefully next year we will have enough to field a Raleigh Camógie team of our own!

Thankfully, Saturday’s event was captured for posterity via our media friends in WRAL and via the fantastic photography of our Hampton Roads counterparts. If you have not seen either yet, see below:

http://www.wralsportsfan.com/olympics/video/15789092/

http://jss6395.homeserver.com/hamptonroads-spor…/…/hurley.ht