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Berlin GAA

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Berlin GAA
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Coordinates52°28′44″N 13°24′04″E / 52.4788011°N 13.4012128°E / 52.4788011; 13.4012128Coordinates: 52°28′44″N 13°24′04″E / 52.4788011°N 13.4012128°E / 52.4788011; 13.4012128
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Berlin GAA is a GAA club in Berlin, Germany. The club organises regular training in Gaelic Games, predominantly Gaelic football, Ladies' Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie.[1] Its teams participate in tournaments both on a European level and in the Central East Division of Gaelic Games Europe. Berlin GAA is a founding member of the German Association for Gaelic Games, de:Deutscher Bund Gälischer Sportarten (DBGS).

The club organises many social events and has become a prominent hub of the young Irish community in Berlin, providing a "home away from home" for many.[2] However, non-Irish members have always held important roles and are crucial for the club's development.[3][4] It maintains close cooperations with other organisations in the city such as the Embassy of Ireland and the Berlin branch of Conradh na Gaeilge. In 2017, the club had 75 adult members from around 10 different countries, among them two refugees from Iraq.[5][6]


The club was founded in the fall of 2014 in order to seek affiliation with the GAA for a group of both Irish and non-Irish people who were training regularly on the disused Berlin Tempelhof Airport. Since the untimely death of founder and first Chairman Christopher Hennessy from Listowel, Kerry in early 2015, all club jerseys feature the phrase "Friends of Cristóir Ó hAonghusa" in his memory.[7]

With Anthony McDermott from Belturbet, Cavan as new Chairman, Berlin GAA grew quickly and played its first competitive season in 2015 with men's and ladies' Gaelic Football players. The men's team competed in all three regional rounds and finished third in the regional league behind Vienna and Munich. [8] The Hurling team played its first matches and won the first annual German Hurling Cup (Chris Hennessy Cup) in October 2015.

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  1. "Frieders Beitrag • Hunger, Armut, Wirtschaftskrisen. Iren waren im..."
  2. "'Phenomenal' growth in European GAA".
  3. "RTÉ One's 'The Geansaí - Ich bin ein Berliner'".
  4. "Irish Sports are Thriving".
  5. "Iraqi refugees hurling in Berlin".
  6. Holland, Darren. "Iraqi Brothers Find Welcoming Community At Berlin GAA Club".
  7. "Around the World in 80 clubs: Berlin GAA Club (#1) - JOE.ie".
  8. "Berlin GAA's first year...from sorrow to success - Hoganstand.com". www.hoganstand.com.

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