McGettigan Hospitality renew sponsorship deal with Irish Golf Star Shane Lowry!
McGettigan Hospitality is delighted to announce the multi-year renewal of our partnership with leading professional golfer Shane Lowry.
The sponsorship, which commenced in 2014 is part of McGettigan Hospitality’s continued commitment to Irish sport and Irish athletes. This agreement builds on our long-standing relationship with Shane. During this time Shane has risen through the ranks to become one of the world’s top professional golfers and one of Ireland’s most popular sportsmen. We look forward to continuing this exciting journey with Shane over the coming years.
Dennis McGettigan, speaking on behalf of McGettigan Hospitality explains, “Shane Lowry is an extremely talented golfer and a friend of the McGettigan family, and we are very pleased and honoured to offer our continued support.”
Shane Lowry said “I am hugely grateful to McGettigan Hospitality for the support they have given me in my career to date and I am delighted to continue our journey together into the future”.
Lowry will act as global brand ambassador for McGettigan Hospitality, which currently includes 14 bars worldwide – with venues all across the UK & Ireland, Singapore, New York and the Middle East– along with a number hotels in Ireland as well as the Bonnington Hotel in Dubai.
The Dubai Irish Society was established in 1974 and is one of the earliest established ex pat societies in Dubai. The focus of the Dubai Irish Society is to promote and support Irish Culture and the Irish Community in Dubai.
Since its inception The Dubai Irish Society provides social, sporting and cultural events relevant to Irish people living in Dubai.
In recent years the Dubai Irish Society has forged links with other Irish associations within the Emirate most notably the Irish Business Network (IBN), The Dubai Celts GAA Club and The Dubai Irish Golf Society.
Through these links we have seen the society grow from strength to strength with record numbers of Gaelic Football teams traveling in from around the Gulf to attend the annual Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games and also our social gatherings consistently boasting sold out events.
The Dubai Irish Society also works very closely with the Irish Embassy based in Abu Dhabi, the society has coordinated with the Embassy on high profile visits such as the visit of former Uachtarán na hÉireann Mary McAleese.
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McGettigan’s Golf Society was established in September 2012 providing beginners and advanced golfers the opportunity to play on some of the UAEs finest golf courses at discounted rates and also on a sociable, enjoyable and competitive level.
Our outings are held on a monthly basis across the UAE and competition formats vary from singles, doubles to team events. Key events throughout the year includes annual trips to Abu Dhabi (Yas Links), Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah as well as the Captain’s Day event which is held at the Els Club every September.
Since 2012, we have seen the interest grow rapidly with over 250 golfers (From all different Nationalities – Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, South African, Indian, Australian, American) now registered on the society database.
We have a very strong reputation regarding the social side of our society days and support our key sponsor McGettigan’s by returning to the bar after outings for meals/drinks and prize givings.
If you are interested in joining the society, please email us at [email protected]
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Last season proved to be a tough one for the Dubai Breakers. With injuries and pregnancy they had the hardest season to date. The team didn’t finish the season where they had hoped but did have great success at the trivia nights at McGettigan’s. During the off season the Dubai breakers merged with another team and have re-named themselves to the McGettigan’s Sandvipers.
The team is made up of Aussies, Kiwis and Brits and play in the Dubai Netball league.
The 2016/2017 season is underway and the team is fiercely contesting in Division 1 each Wednesday night out at the Sevens. The team is looking very strong and are so thrilled to have the great support of McGettigan’s for the fifth year running. The McGettigan’s Sandvipers have already enjoyed a few socials at their fabulous venues and look forward to a great season ahead.
Dubai Irish Football Club was founded in 1998 and was one of the original founding member teams of the Dubai Amateur Football League (DAFL). Originally the club was made up of one team primarily of Irish Expatriates but almost sixteen years later we have grown and developed into more than just a football club. Although still heavily represented by the Irish in Dubai we now have more than 10 nationalities playing for the club. For many new comers and those already residents of Dubai it provides,
first and foremost, a platform to play football but just as important as this is that Dubai Irish FC provides an avenue to meet people and develop a social circle in Dubai.
Due to the success of the club over the past 7 years, in particular, the club has grown year on year and this season saw Dubai Irish FC launch a 5th team into the DAFL. The club now has over 100 registered playing members.
Players of all levels are welcome at the club whether it’s to push hard for a place on the first team or just to enjoy the training sessions, play for one of the more social teams and enjoy the “off the pitch” activities that the club provides.
For more information on the club or to contact us go to www.dubaiirishfc.com or follow us on Facebook at Dubai Irish FC.
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The Sharjah Gaels have evolved from modest beginnings to become one of the most competitive GAA outfits in the Middle East.
The recently amalgamated ladies’ and men’s clubs both experienced great success as individual teams, winning numerous titles along the way in all codes. Given the relatively small size of our club, we rely heavily on all of our members working hard behind the scenes to ensure that Sharjah has a GAA club to call its own.
2015 has started very strongly for the Sharjah Gaels. We have fielded two teams in both the men’s and ladies’ competitions as well as hurling and camogie teams. We are also delighted to unveil our new club colours and would like to thank McGettigan’s for their continued support.
Aside from the sporting aspect, the club has a very strong social scene. It provides a place for expats, new and old, to maintain a sense of home in the middle of the desert. Going forward we hope to increase the number of members, provide a platform for fellow expats to meet new people and hopefully win a few more titles.”
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Finn Harps football Club was established in 1954 and is the only senior soccer club in Donegal. The Club has a rich history winning the FAI cup in 1974 and attracts a support base throughout the Northwest of Ireland.
The club is a registered co-operative which is owned, administered & run by its supporters.
Following a highly successful 2015 season, Finn Harps gained promotion to the top tier of Irish football and will now compete in the 2016 SSE Airtricity premier League
The leading all time goalscorer in the League of Ireland is Finn Harps legend Brendan Bradley, a player considered to be an icon of Irish football
Finn Harps are committed to recruiting and developing the most talented footballers in the north-west of Ireland. Harps coaching staff implement tailored training programmes and modern sports science modules which create an environment that gives young elite players a platform to fulfill their potential.
In recent years Harps youth development programme has produced 11 players who have represented Ireland at International youth and schools level. The Club Academy continues to grow and in 2016 will have 160 players attending regular sessions with qualified coaches.
In 2012 the Finn Harps youths were the champions of the inaugural u19 Northern division , the prestigious u17 Galway Macron Cup in 2013 and in 2015 Harps youths qualified to the quarter final stage of the national u19 league.
Finn Harps FC is dedicated to working on joint community projects with local agencies, schools and charities. The Finn Harps schools committee & volunteers work hand in hand with teachers and Donegal County Council/Donegal sports partnership to promote healthy lifestyle & road safety messages to national school children.
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Dubai Celts is not just your regular sports club-it’s a community-a Celts family if you will-that has expanded significantly since its inception in 1995. Now in our 21st year, Dubai Celts now fields not only Gaelic Football teams, but also Hurling, Camogie and under-age teams, which is a fantastic achievement for this part of the world so far from home. Training at Sports City in Dubai pulls well over 180 keen sports enthusiasts three nights a week and taking up two state of the art pitches.
People don’t just join the Celts for the love of sport, rather for the social aspect and for the fast friends that will be made. There is a strong community feel among the Celts and this has reached prospective members ears long before they reach our shore-the community is further supported by companies in Dubai with strong Irish links, namely Dubai Duty Free, McGettigan’s and Fibber McGees, who have all maintained their backing of our club through the years, helping us grow and build-this year we are taking on extra sponsorship kindly supplied by Keoghs-Dubai Celts GAA club would struggle to function in the UAE if it were not for this fantastic support.
With the popularity of the GAA across the world now being recognised by Sky Sports, there seems to be a new found interest in the Gaelic Games in different cultures. The rise in non-Irish playing is surely testament to the fact that joining a GAA team is more than just about the sporting culture, it is about the sense of community and welcome that the Irish are known for. Best of luck to all our players taking part in the Bahrain Tournament!!
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Dubai Sharks RFC was born of the Arabian Potbellies and has since adopted the Dubai Frogs, these teams remain as key parts of the Dubai Sharks RFC, the Arabian Potbellies being the veterans/touring team identity and the Frogs being a tournament team identity.
Dubai Sharks RFC is made up of a great bunch of guys (and girls) with members from all over the world. We play serious rugby with commitment and have an equal commitment to the social aspects of the game. This is summed up by our club motto Serious Rugby, Seriously Social…
Our vision is twofold, to promote rugby locally and internationally and to maintain a position as one of the middle east’s leading rugby clubs whilst doing so
At the time Sharjah fielded numerous teams, however from this came the dark ages, until, in 1974-75 the Sharjah residents began to play the Dubai residents, Sharjah putting up spirited performances in such local derbies, held in Dubai. Eventually Sharjah laid out their own first pitch at the Contracts Club in 1976, and continued to play Dubai, but now able to host them.
The first evidence of Sharjah Wanderers RFC appeared in the form of the red and black stripped jerseys of Edinburgh Wanderers (care of the partisan organizers). Development continued to a formal meeting of the four founding members (the only ones who turned up) who duly became officers of the club, in September 1976. Thus Sharjah Wanderers RFC was inaugurated and training started immediately with four players.
Today the club has a complete mini’s section as well as vets, ladies and Men’s teams that all compete in UAERF leagues as well
The club has grown from strength to strength since then and is now the biggest in South East Asia, fielding 11 teams across all codes at the recent Asian Gaelic Games. There are approximately 120 active members playing Football, Hurling and Camogie while our Cubs managers regularly wrestle more than 50 youngsters on a Sunday morning.
Apart from the sporting side, the club itself is a very important point of contact for many Irish people emigrating here. The Lions are very grateful to sponsors like McGettigan’s in continuing to help us to grow as a club and community. Also we are very grateful for the decent pints of Guinness!
The EFA hosts 5/6/7 and 11 a side leagues across Dubai and combine this with a huge social element including meet-ups, brunches and general social events.
Dubai’s fastest growing football association catering for expats and allowing great networking opportunities for newcomers to Dubai.
We are proud to be partnered with McGettigan’s.
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While the London Ladies County team was formed in 1986, with their first organised outing against Leitrim, it was 1988 before they officially played their first game in an All-Ireland competition. The county team has since gone on to compete at Junior, Intermediate & Senior level in the All Ireland series and currently compete at Junior level. London Ladies tasted their first All-Ireland success capturing the Junior crown in 1993 and repeated the feat in 2008.
With the continued development and growth of the sport in Britain, 2016 saw the Inaugural All Britain League and Championship competitions take place with London claiming both titles defeating the county teams of Lancashire, Warwickshire, Scotland & Glo-Herts.
The London Ladies County Board caters for a diverse pool of ladies footballers from a whole range of nationalities. The county currently consists of 11 clubs encompassing the greater London area and Reading. There is also a growing vibrant underage & development scene which has seen year on year growth evident at the All Britain Underage competition & also in London’s participation at the Féile underage competition in Ireland. Without the generosity & support of companies and individuals with strong Irish links such as McGettigan’s, the Ladies Gaelic football scene in London would not thrive and continue to grow.
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Jumeirah Gaels GAA club was established in March 2015, when the club entered a Social team into the World GAA Games in Abu Dhabi. The team consisted of a few friends and work colleagues who were keen to start something fresh for the Irish expat community in Dubai. After competing well, the start-up committee decided to enter Jumeirah Gaels officially into the 2015/2016 Middle East League, where a fantastic journey commenced. With sponsorship support from SNC-Lavalin (formerly Kentz), the club has been able to expand to compete in all grades of the Middle East League.
The Jumeirah Gaels made history in its first season, by securing the Mens Junior League title and promoting themselves to the Intermediate grade for the 2016/2017 season. It was a marvelous achievement for the newest club in the region and from commencing the season with 6-8 players, the club has now grown massively with 4 Mens teams and 4 Ladies teams.
The clubs success has continued this season with victories for our Mens Intermediates and Ladies Juniors over the first few tournaments of the year. All bodes well for the remainder of the season, where the club hopes to attract further members and players to join in on what has been an extremely enjoyable journey so far. Training for the Gaels takes place on Sundays and Tuesdays for the Ladies, and Monday and Wednesdays for the Men, at Dubai Sports City. All are welcome to join in on the action.
The club would also like to say a huge thank you to the Middle East County Board (MEB) for their support and well wishes over the past 18 months during which time our new club has been formed and developed. Jumeirah Gaels Patrick Moynagh, James Kennedy and co. all the very best for the coming few years leading Middle East GAA forward on the overseas Gaelic Games circuit.
Jumeirah Gaels has also recently linked up with McGettigans, who have joined the club as a sponsor and the club looks forward to maintaining a strong relationship over the coming years.
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