Dear Stephen,…

Stephen O’Rourke, our former club chairperson, is leaving Cologne and moving to Berlin to start a new adventure. In this article, his club mates decided to wish him well and write about their experiences of dealing with someone who has enormously influenced the club’s development.

A Celt at the BayArena: Bayer Leverkusen’s Lisburn Lad

Gareth Houston, our club Social and Social Media Officer, found his dream job last year, when he was given the chance to work for his German club – Bayer Leverkusen 04. This is the story of how a lad from Lisburn became a stadium tour guide at the BayArena and why you should do a…

February 1st -St. Brigid’s Day and the Celtic Festival Imbolc

The Ancient Celtic festival of Imbolg („Imbolc“ in English) is celebrated on February 1st. In more modern times, this festival coincides with „Lá Fhéile Bhríde“ or Saint Brigid’s Day, the feast day for the female patron saint of Ireland. Traditionally, this festival marks the beginning of spring and is viewed as a time of renewal…

ZDF-Training 26.11.2022

On November 26th 2022, the journalist Achim Winter came to Chorweiler and participated in our training session. The images were broadcast on the popular TV programme, „Hallo Deutschland“. We had a fantastic day of hurling and camogie.

A Celt at the Irish Embassy, November 5th 2022

On November 5th, 2022 the Cologne Celtics were represented at the Biennial Meeting of German-Irish Societies and Irish Cultural Organisations for the first time. Here we could present our club to other groups around Germany, and develop connections with them. This article is about what happened during the day.

How Laura met „Die Maus“

Living abroad can bring some unique experiences that simply would not be possible by remaining in your home country. This is the story of how Cologne Celt, Laura Kennedy, has had the opportunity to appear on one of the most popular and well-known children’s programmes in Germany, „Die Sendung mit der Maus“.

Live Irish Music Sessions in Cologne

Live Irish music sessions are now happening in Cologne! On June 6th, some of our members went to the event in the Black Sheep Pub organised by our Irish Language and Cultural Officer, Gareth Houston. Here are some photos of the event and live recordings of the music.

Meet the Celtics: Johannes Heyen

It is time to meet another Celt, this time: Johannes Heyen. Johannes is one our most dedicated members – a regular at training and has played his part in Munich, our home tournament and, of course, the German Hurling Cup success. His interview is in both English and German.

The Warrior Women of Ireland

With International Women’s Day, we at the Celts decided to examine four extraordinary warrior women of Irish history and mythology. This article outlines the lives of a mythological warrior queen, a pirate chieftain, the „most dangerous woman in America“ and a political, soldiering and revolutionary countess. Enjoy!

Erasmus During a Pandemic: Our Players‘ Experiences

At the Celts, we have been boosted over the years by the presence of Erasmus students from Ireland and elsewhere. Many of our more experienced players are former-Erasmus students who also had the opportunity to study and work in Germany as students. Erasmus is a time to discover, travel and socialise but how does that…

Interview with Irish Footballer Noe Baba

Meet Noe Baba. He’s Cameroonian and Irish, and he plays football for KFC Uerdingen 05. In this interview, we discussed moving from Cameroon to Castlebar, playing professionally in Ireland, England and Germany, and his experience of living in Cologne, including during the lockdown. A big Mayo fan, we also delved into his experience of playing…

Cologne Celtics 2021: Our Year

2021 was a big year for the Cologne Celtics. Tournaments, matches, training, social events, charity fundraising, new sponsors – we packed a lot into 12 months. Read about it here!

Meet the Celtics: Cillian O’Gara

Meet Cillian O’Gara. Cillian is now back home in Ireland but he was a key man in our development as a club. A passionate Gaelic footballer, Cillian established himself as one of our dual stars during his time with us.

Irish Links to Halloween

Halloween is a huge celebration around the world, and is one with deep Irish links. This article examines Halloween’s connections to the Celtic festival of „Samhain“ and other traditions with Irish/Celtic connections.

GAA Links to Political Careers in Ireland

In this article by guest author, Ferdia O’Mahony, we examine the links between Irish politics and the GAA in Ireland. Find out about how an inter-county playing career, or other involvement with the GAA, has helped Irish politicians get elected.

Meet the Celtics: Seán Fuchs

Meet our international handball player – Seán Fuchs. He’s half-Irish, half-German and 110% a County Monaghan man. We caught up before the Ulster Final clash to discuss his experiences with the Celtics, Gaelic football, handball, his studies and more.

Meet the Celtics: Katharina from Cologne

In our interview series we take the time to get to know our players and members and get a little insight into their lives. This time: Katharina, not only a dear member but also our Public Relations Officer.

Corona Discoveries: The Joy of Jogging

It has been a year unlike any before for most of us. One year of a pandemic that changed the life of so many. The Celts decided to get involved with Darmstadt GAA’s initiative #NoLazyHurl. That was the start of discovering the joy of running for a lot of us. So let me take you…

Cork – a Partner City of Cologne

For Oisín O’Mahony, Cork is the true capital of Ireland (although some team mates might see it differently). Here he talks about his hometown with its many pubs, about sporting successes – and there’s a bit of slang in it too.

Meet the Celtics: Bernadette Keohane

In our interview series we take the time to get to know our players and members and get a little insight into their lives. This time we have our first female interview: Meet Bernadette from Cork (baiiiii!) who has some funny stories to tell!

Christmas 2020 – how we can escape the Coronablues

2020 is different. This year has been challenging for all of us. 2020 has demanded a lot from us, more or less. The same is true now for Christmas, for most of us a family holiday where we are close, reuniting with our families and friends. This year, one thing is especially demanding: social distancing.

A Waterford Hurling Fan’s Perspective

The last time Waterford won the All Ireland Senior Hurling final was 1959. 1959….. Senator Kennedy was preparing to announce his campaign for presidency, Elvis Presley was in the charts, and Some like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe was in the cinemas.

Remembering Bloody Sunday: Croke Park 21 November 1920

For some, Bloody Sunday conjures images of the 1972 civil rights protest in Derry, and unfortunately throughout Irish history, this is just one of many Bloody Sundays. However today, Gareth Houston will be talking about the 1920 Bloody Sunday, which saw its 100 year anniversary Saturday on the 21st of November.

#Little Things

Die LittleThings-Kampagne konzentriert sich auf die kleinen Dinge, die wir alle tun können, um unsere eigene psychische Gesundheit zu schützen und die Menschen, die uns wichtig sind, zu unterstützen. The LittleThings campaign focuses on the little things that we can all do to protect our own mental health and support the people we care about.

GAA Mental Health Charter

Die Charta für psychische Gesundheit der GAA ist ein Grundsatzdokument, das den Clubs hilft, eine Kultur zu entwickeln, die positive psychische Gesundheit unterstützt und fördert. The GAA’s Mental Health charter is a policy document that helps clubs develop a culture that supports and promotes positive mental health.

Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing

Die von der New Economics Foundation entwickelten „Fünf Wege zum Wohlbefinden“ sind einfache Aktionen, die du in deinem Alltag durchführen kannst, um dich wohl zu fühlen und gut zu funktionieren. Developed by The New Economics Foundation the Five Ways to Wellbeing are simple actions you can do in your everyday life to feel good and…

Play in my boots

„Play in My Boots“ wurde 2014 von der St. Patrick’s Mental Health Foundation und der GAA als Ressource für psychische Gesundheit von Spielern, Trainern, Vereinen und Gemeinden gegründet. „Play in My Boots“ was founded in 2014 by St. Patrick’s Mental Health Foundation and the GAA as a mental health resource for players, coaches, clubs and…

Partnerschaft mit Städteverein Köln-Cork

Wir freuen uns sehr, die Partnerschaft zwischen dem Städtepartnerschaftsverein Köln-Cork und dem Cologne Celtics Gaelic Sports Club e.V. bekanntzugeben! We are very pleased to announce the partnership between the Cologne-Cork City Twinning Association and the Cologne Celtics Gaelic Sports Club e.V.!

Turnier in Stuttgart

What a trip! Unser gestriger Ausflug nach Stuttgart war ein tolles Ereignis für den Club. Mit Mut und Entschlossenheit haben wir uns gegen die Gastgeber durchgesetzt. What a trip! Our trip to Stuttgart yesterday was a great event for the club. With courage and determination we stood up to the hosts…

Celtics Hibernians Cup

Was für ein Wochenende. Am Samstag, dem 2. November, waren die Cologne Celtics Gastgeber der Prager Hibernians beim ersten „Celtics Hibernians Cup“ What a weekend. On Saturday 2nd November the Cologne Celtics hosted Prague Hibernians in the inaugural ‚Celtics Hibernians Cup‘ 🏆

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