Essex Shillelaghs GAA News

The Newsletter of

Essex Shillelaghs Gaelic Athletic Association

A 501c(3) Non Profit Organization

November 17, 2023

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Member Edition

  • FSOS/GAA Kids Christmas Party
  • Clinic Survey
  • Spring 2024 Registration
  • Thrilling Kick Off
  • FSOS/Frank Schott Blood Drive
  • Shillelaghs Out and About - Clinic Pictures

FSOS/GAA Kids Christmas Party

Sunday, December 3, 1-3pm

The FSOS/GAA Children's Christmas Party will be held at the club on Friday, December 3 from 1-3pm. The one and only Jim Fallon will be in full character as Santa for the evening.

Shillelagh GAA Kids, Parents and Coaches are all welcome to attend.

Parents should bring a wrapped gift of a value less than $25 for their child with their name on it!

In the spirit of the season, parents are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the FSOS Annual Toy Drive.

Please RSVP to Chris Mott at [email protected]

Did You Submit Your Survey?

We recently sent a survey about your experience with our November 5 Clinic. If you haven't done so, we would be grateful if you could take a moment to anonymously respond to the 6 multiple choice questions. Your response will help shape the direction of our program and we thank you.

Clinic Survey Monkey

Spring 2024 Registrationile Heading

As we wrap up our inaugural Fall season, we look forward to our Spring programs which will start sometime in mid-March and play on through mid-June.

EARLY REGISTRATION for clinic participants will be available online in mid-December for the limited number of spots on our u8, u10, u12 and u14 teams.

In January, we will launch our program with the Town of West Orange, Department of Recreation and continue with our advertising campaigns. Registration will be open to all residents and non-resident of West Orange.

We encourage you to take the opportunity to Register EARLY to ensure your child's spot on a team. You will receive an email notifying you of the Early Registration dates.

A Thrilling Kick-off

Essex Shillelaghs GAA

Gaelic Football Clinic Success!

A Thrilling Kick-off: Essex Shillelaghs GAA Gaelic Football Clinic Success!

We're elated to share the excitement and success of the first-ever Essex Shillelaghs GAA Gaelic Football Clinic, held on November 5, 2023! The day was nothing short of magical, filled with joy, laughter, and the unmistakable spirit of Irish football.

Expressing Gratitude: A Team Effort

This achievement wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our incredible committee. Their commitment to fostering Gaelic sports in our community is truly commendable. A heartfelt thank you to Jim McGuire, Denis Naughton, Lorraine Joyce, Pat Pollard, Ollie Browne, and all committee members for turning a vision into reality.

Our gratitude extends to the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, whose unwavering support laid the foundation for this remarkable event. Your commitment to promoting Irish culture and sports within Essex County is a driving force behind our success.

A special note of appreciation goes to the Essex Shillelagh Pipe Band and the South Park Pipe Band for adding a musical touch to the day. Your tunes created an atmosphere of celebration, elevating the overall experience for our young athletes.

Seton Hall Prep: A Valued Partner

We extend our deepest thanks to Seton Hall Prep for their support in hosting our clinic. Despite the constraints, your willingness to collaborate and share your athletic facilities played a pivotal role in the success of our Gaelic Football Clinic. We're grateful for the opportunity to strengthen ties with our neighbors and create a positive impact on the youth in our community.

Volunteers: The Heart of the Event

To the many volunteers who lent a helping hand – whether it was setting up the fields, providing refreshments, or cheering on the sidelines – your contributions did not go unnoticed. It's the dedication of individuals like you that makes events like these possible and fosters a sense of community.

A Shout-Out to Our Young Athletes

A huge congratulations to the 50 children who participated in the clinic, ranging from ages 6 to 14. Your enthusiasm, sportsmanship, and eagerness to learn Gaelic football made the day truly special. We're thrilled to welcome each of you into the Essex Shillelaghs GAA family.

Looking Forward: Spring 2024 Programs

As we reflect on this successful clinic, we're already gearing up for our Spring 2024 programs. To all the parents, we encourage you to consider registering your child for the upcoming season. It's a fantastic opportunity for them to further develop their skills, make lasting friendships, and be part of a vibrant and supportive GAA community.

Once again, thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our Gaelic Football Clinic. Your support fuels our commitment to promoting Irish sports and culture in our community.

Here's to a future filled with more Gaelic games, shared laughter, and the continued growth of the Essex Shillelaghs GAA!


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FSOS/Frank Schott Blood Drive - Nov 19

Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 19 from 8am-2pm for the 17th Annual FSOS/Frank Schott Memorial Blood Drive. Free breakfast for donors after your gift of life-saving blood.

For more information contact Gerard Falzo at [email protected]

More Christmas Season Goings-on

Holiday Food & Coat Drive

The FSOS are now accepting donations for food and coats until the Monday before Thanksgiving

Much needed food items include: cases of water, juices, rice, oatmeal, non-perishable condiments, etc.

Coats will also be accepted.

Shillelaghs Out and About

A lookback at the Essex Shillelaghs GAA and Friends for the past month.....

The First Essex Shillelagh GAA Football Clinic, November 5, 2023

A great day on Tevlin Field and back at the Clubhouse with more than 50 participants.

A LOT More Pictures at Janet's Pics

NY GAA Coaches Training, October 19, Shillelagh Hall

Led by Cian O'Dey and Eamonn Fitzgerald from the GAA, Essex Shillelagh GAA volunteers trained in preparation of the November 5 clinic. Thanks to Chris Kavanaugh and the Essex Shillelagh Pipe Band for letting us have their night in Shillelagh Hall.

Essex Shillelaghs Getting a Workout

GAA Committee

Chairman: Jim McGuire

Vice Chairman - Denis Naughton

Public Relations Officer - Lorraine Joyce

Trustee - Pat Pollard

Trustee - Ollie Browne

The Essex Shillelaghs GAA is the newest addition to the FSOS Essex Division. Bringing Irish games to the Essex County community-at-large, the committee sponsors boys and girls teams from age 6-14 in association with the Town of West Orange and the New York Minor Board of the GAA. Follow us on our Facebook Page.

GAA News is published monthly by the Public Relations Officer, Lorraine Joyce

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