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“.
On June 11th 2022, the Cologne Celtics hulers faced off against Setanta Berlin, Darmstadt, Vienna Gaels and Hamburg GAA while our camoige team faced the hosts in the Darmstadt Tournament. It proved to be a wonderful day for the teams from the Rheinland!
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.
Santiago Modernell is our first Uruguayan hurler/Gaelic footballer. We discuss how he came to live in Cologne, his time in Dublin and his dream of opening his own coffee shop. ¡Esta entrevista también está en español!
Graham Clifford is the CEO and Founder of the Sanctuary Runners organisation. We came into contact with him last year during the Virtual Cork City Marathon, and here we caught up with him to find out more about him and the Sanctuary Runners.
On May 7th 2022, players from the Cologne Celtics and Düsseldorf GFC combined to take on teams from the Benelux region in the Den Haag tournament. We competed in both camogie and hurling. Read about how we got on here.
Meet Lucie Griesbach from northern Germany. Based near the Danish border, she was introduced to camogie while living in Cobh, Cork. She played a crucial role in our German Camogie Cup victory.
Meet Richard! He is Cologne’s Pie-Man! We have had several collaborations with Richard at this stage as he has delivered his products to our training sessions and hurling tournaments in NRW. How does a creative designer end up with a pie-selling business in Cologne – find out in this chat!
On Sunday 27th March, the Cologne Celtics were invited to the Monheimer Frühlingsfest. We had the opportunity to showcase our sports to the locals, and even had the chance to chat with the Irish Ambassador. This was a successful day for the club.
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.
Relive the German Camogie and Hurling Cups 2021 – the Chris Hennessy and Sebastian Rießbeck Cups – held on March 12 2022 in Düsseldorf. A fantastic day for our club, as both our teams came back to Cologne victorious.
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!
Eoin O’Farrell is a hurler with Blackrock National Hurling Club in Cork. In the winter of 2017/18, he and three of his mates took part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Race and crossed the Atlantic Ocean the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean. Here is his story.
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 happen during Corona-time? What is it like to be a student in a different country during the pandemic? In this article, we asked our members to share their experiences.
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 GAA.
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!
We are proud to welcome the company Irishify on board as a Partner, expanding the list of companies placing trust in the Cologne Celtics brand and what a partnership can bring
Jason Keelan is the one-man-band behind the popular podcast – „The Loaf of Bread GAA“. Having interviewed our club members, as part of the GAA Global series, we decided to flip the tables and interview him. Here is the result.
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.
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.
We can announce that O’Reilly’s is the new sponsor of our ladies. To show you our new ladies outfits our members Lea and Kat took part in a promotional photo shoot.
In 2012, Galway and Kilkenny fought it out for the Liam McCarthy Cup. It was during the first weeks of my first year living abroad as an Erasmus student. This match put King Henry Shefflin up against Galway legend Joe Canning.
Our first hurling and camogie tournaments in Cologne! On October 2nd 2021, we were delighted to host Darmstadt and Stuttgart in hurling, and Darmstadt, Munich, Vienna and Stuttgart in camogie.
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 Otso Tolonen, our Finnish dual star. A veteran Gaelic footballer from his time in Finland, Otso has taken up hurling in the last two years and has established himself as one of our key players.
Podcasts were one of my major discoveries during the Coronavirus lockdowns. Here is a list of some of my favourite ones with recommendations for other podcast fans.
Munich Hurling Tournament: 04/09/2021. Our hurlers played against Munich, Darmstadt and Vienna while our Camógs faced up with Vienna against Munich/Darmstadt in a great day of hurling and camogie action. Kölle abú!/Up the Rhineland! ➔ Read more
Our players are frequently asked about the nature of the sports we play. So in this article, we asked our German players to describe the Gaelic sports in their own words.
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.
“The Goal”, The Battle for “Five-in-a-Row” and Defeating the Invincibles: Find out more about one of the most famous matches in GAA history – including the Goal which made Séamus Darby’s name ring down through history.
What a day! This was a great day for hurling in Cologne. After a highly disrupted 18 months, the Celts were back on the hurling pitch for a feast of action with our friends and rivals at Darmstadt GAA.
From being told „you’re going to be in a wheelchair by the time you’re 30” and dealing with arthritis to win the Camogie All Star Award, Niamh Rockett is one of a kind. The captain of the Waterford Senior Camogie Team talked to us about motivation, teamwork – and chicken dinner videos.
We were back on the field with our “frienemies”! On Saturday, 26.06.21, the second Rhein Derby took place in Düsseldorf. Let’s hope it won’t take so long until the next derby and we bring the trophy back to Cologne.
It is time for our only Dutch teammate – Marnix van der Galien. Have a look how he came to the Domstadt and a sneak peak of „Dutch war fries“, a very delicious Dutch food.
To launch our Green Club Agenda, members of the Cologne Celtics GAA Club has taken part in litter picking along the Rhein in order to give back to our adopted city of Cologne and promote our environmental goals within the club
For this year’s Virtual Cork City Marathon, Sanctuary Runners has sought support and solidarity from Cork’s partner cities (including Cologne) around the world, and they have answered.
From its humble beginnings on a run in rural France, RunningHome.ie now has over 800 runners around the world and has raised €15,000 for charities in Ireland. Guest writer and founder Aisling Demaison would like to share her story of #runninghome with you.
In our interview series we take the time to get to know our players and members. In this interview, Tom Lacey talks about his journey to Germany, how he became Healthy Club Officer and his own personal experiences with mental health issues.
„Since then I was absolutely addicted to Ireland and Irish sport.“ Read here how Jan discovered hurling for himself – and became a member of the Cologne Celtics in these difficult times we are all going through together.
Since we have probably all watched even the most absurd series and films on Netflix, Prime Video, etc., a game night with friends would be a welcome change.
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.
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 through a retrospective of the past twelve months.
In honour of IWD and the way women in their fight for equality have already come, we as a sports club want to highlight some milestones in sports history, where women broke boundaries and went beyond the rules that were set to them.
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 asked the illustrator and character designer Finbar Coyle.
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.
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: Vangelis Bita.
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!
As much as 2020 brought general life to a halt, there has been a boost for us at Cologne Celtics GAA during this pandemic. We are proud to declare that we signed the Charta and are now members and supporters of the Irish campaign 20×20.
2020 has been an unprecedented year for everyone. A year where we learned, that we should not take the little things for granted. Some thoughts by Marnix van der Galien.
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 preview of the All-Ireland Senior Football Final 2020 between Dublin and Mayo. Mayo are looking for their first All-Ireland title since 1951 and according to modern myth their lack of success is linked to a curse placed on them after that All-Ireland victory.
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.
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.
In our interview series we take the time to get to know our players and members. Meet Gareth from Antrim, committee member and Cultural Officer of the club.
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.
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.
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 function well.
„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 communities.
In our interview series we take the time to get to know our players and members. This time: Arun Dhananjay from India.
In our interview series we take the time to get to know our players and members. This time we asked Oisín O’Mahony, who’s also our new Chairman, a few questions.