Youth match in Durham a big success!

The Triangle Irish Sports Youth Association (TIYSA) hosted 17 Durham youth for a great match at Northern Durham High School on June 5. After two hours of football, it was clear the players displayed great enthusiasm and talent.

Thanks to Mike Barbaza, Dara O’ hAnnaidh, Laree Reeves, and Nick Holmes for a great organizational effort! Extra special thanks to Alan Rigsbee and Mike Monsees from our host Northern Durham High School for their generous hospitality!

Be sure to visit the TIYSA website ( for more information about upcoming events, including the Youth Summer Camp from July 25-27.

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Peach Cup Recap!

Last Saturday, Raleigh GAA competed in the annual Peach Cup in Atlanta. 10 players from the club made the 12 hour roundtrip and represented the club with honour. All players had to cope with the sweltering Georgia heat, but that didn’t stop Raleigh’s players from playing both hurling and football at the competition (even Atlanta’s dual players in the day focused on one sport!).

 In the football, Raleigh played the hosts Atlanta and Charlotte in what turned out to be a 10 a side competition. Atlanta defeated Raleigh in the 1st game of the competition with a dominant performance. Raleigh lead at half time against the pre tournament favourites Charlotte before fatigue caught up with our players and the fresher charlotte side pulled away towards the end. Despite coming out 2nd best to both sides, there were many positives to take away from it. Jay “Torgo” McGee,  Tony Power, Aidan O’Connell and Mark Keane all played their first games for the club. Both Aidan (scorer of the point of the competition) and Mark (goal poacher vs Charlotte) also got on the scoresheet for the club. Nick Holmes and Ed Quinn showed their versatility throughout by playing in numerous positions.

All of our players also played hurling as they starred for Knoxville, Greenville and Atlanta B hurling teams (yes we were mercenary hurlers on the day!). So much so that Steve Shannon and Enda ended up marking one another playing for opposite teams in the last hurling game of the tournament!

 Possibly the most GAA played by anyone were Ann Scheunemann and Mia Jafari. They both played football for Raleigh and played lead roles in numerous Camógie games for the Hampton Road Camógie squad.

Well done to all concerned and a thanks to the Atlanta Clan na nGael club for organizing a well run tournament.

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Weekly Update-May 27

Greenville Hurling Recap
Last weekend some of our hurlers made the trip to the Greenville SC for their annual Hurling Tournament. Ed Quinn, Larre Reeves, Conor Ennis, Dillon Alcorn, Mia Jafari and Nick Holmes all represented the Raleigh club with distinction as they played in games against Atlanta and Greenville. A big thanks to the Hampton Roads clubs for lending some of their players in what was another great opportunity for our players to get match practice. Well done to all that made the trip!
Peach Cup in Atlanta June 4th
On Saturday June 4th Atlanta will host the Peach Cup, their annual football and hurling tournament, at the Georgia Soccer Park. It is a sevens tournament in both codes. Due to the distance of travel, Raleigh will be sending one team this year in football only. However, following the football games players may be able to play hurling with the Knoxville club if they wish. If players wish to travel, send an email to
Youth GAA game in Durham June 5th
Raleigh GAA’s affiliated youth club, Triangle Irish Sports Youth
Association (TISYA), is hosting a Gaelic football game/training at 12pm on Sunday June 5th at Northern Durham High School for kids aged 14 and up. We’re looking for as many kids as possible to play, to make this first official TISYA event in Durham a successful one. If your kids might be interested, please join in the fun. Please also contact our Durham co-ordinator Mike Barbaza at so we have an idea
of numbers ahead of time.
Training continues next week
We will have training on Monday and Wednesday next week. We intend to have long scrimmages on both nights if we get enough numbers – spread the word!

Training for Upcoming Tournaments!

Training continues each Monday and Wednesday at 7417 Poole Road. We will
have a number of tournaments coming up soon and would encourage all
players to come out. Our home hurling tournament is only one month away on
June 18th while the Atlanta 7 a side tournament is only 2 weeks away. For
more see our fixture list:

If you are available to play in any of these fixtures and have not
contacted us about it, please contact football co-ordinator Eddie
Foley( or hurling co-ordinator John McNeilly
( to let them know.