The Gathering Dublinby Damon Blake
- The Gathering Dublin concludes with Ireland defeating Wales in basketball
- Gathering trophies for Olympic handball stay in Ireland
- Canada's Greendale Falcon's win at American Football blitz in Dublin
- American Football blitz comes to Ireland for The Gathering Bowl 2013
- Get ready for the World Martial Arts Games in South Dublin (VIDEO)
We could not have asked for a better conclusion to the Gathering Dublin then what we saw two Saturdays ago, in the National Basketball Arena, in Tallaght. Irish men and women came together to take on Welsh select squads in games of basketball as part of The Gathering Shield and had decisive victories in both games. The Irish Women's Premier League All-Stars defeated the Welsh select squad 90-34, while the Men's Premier League All-Stars defeated their counterparts 90-47.
And thus it brings a conclusion to our year of events. The day before The Gathering Shield we had a bridge Gathering in Citywest Hotel and Conference Resort, which saw a variety of national and international visitors competing for the overall cash prize. And that was just one weekend!
The Gathering Dublin continues to not only promote Irish sport but also show how great the Irish are at it. Recently the Irish Olympic Handball Association held a Gathering celebrating the sport and we are pleased to say that both the Irish Men's and Astra Ladies teams were the winners, in fact both were undefeated.
Teams from Canada and Bristol are set to clash for the first time on Irish soil in a blitz of American Football at Tallaght Stadium. Launched by South Dublin Deputy Mayor Cllr Mick Duff with Jason Sherlock, The Gathering Bowl 2013 starts at 7pm on Saturday 31st August 2013. Entry is free and looks to be a great evening of American sports all the family can enjoy.
The Irish American Football Association (IAFA), The Gathering Dublin, Tallaght Stadium and South Dublin County Council are delighted to introduce the teams playing in The Gathering Bowl.
You're never lacking for something to do in South Dublin, that's for sure. Last week a cricket team from Bedford Modern School from England came to Corkagh Park to play the South Dublin team in Clondalkin and now we're getting ready for the WOMAA World Martial Arts Games in two weeks!
When we launched The Gathering Dublin last year, little did we realize how much we'd learn about American Football, both here and abroad. Apparently in Germany there are 40, 051 registered players! I was speaking to one last week (now living in Bray, Co. Wicklow) and he says the thing he's most looking forward to is The Gathering Bowl in August.
Well, when I told him we were having the Greendell Falcons from Canada coming over to play he had the biggest smile on his face!
We've been talking about it since we launched The Gathering Dublin last October and it looks like it's finally here: Baseball is kicking off in South Dublin! This month baseball teams from the US and UK will face off against the Irish National team in Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland, to honour recent Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Peter O'Malley. The first Peter O'Malley Invitational Tournament will take place in the South Dublin County venue from July 12-14 will see teams representing the US Navy and the British Baseball League take on the best baseball players in Ireland and an international team of 'all-stars' in Baseball Ireland's contribution to the Gathering - Ireland's year-long festival celebrating what it means to be Irish.
Tournament organiser Mike Kindle explained the reason for the tournament's name, "Peter O'Malley's family used to own a team called the Los Angeles Dodgers. We got to know him in the early 90s when we were setting up the Irish Baseball League. He wanted to help the development of baseball in Ireland as he a really proud Irish guy. When he heard about us and developing the sport and that we played our matches on rugby and football pitches, he said, 'that’s enough!' He donated about 140,000 dollars for us to build the facility out in Corkagh Park. He’s a really lovely guy. He stays in constant contact with us with regard to keeping things going and you know, fighting the good fight for us in Irish America."
This summer will see the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Sport strengthen their growing relationship with Basketball Ireland and begin a new one with the Gathering Dublin as all three bodies prepare for the National Wheelchair Basketball Cup.
The highly anticipated tournament will take place this weekend in the National Basketball Arena on Saturday, 22nd June 2013.
On February 17th 2013 The Gathering Dublin held its first event: supporting the 26th Annual Feile Rince (Ciaraithe leis An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha). Held in Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Co. Dublin, 450 dancers competed in three competition areas, a great turn out as you can see in the video.
A special Gathering competition was also held, with participants from all over the world taking part. We'll have photos from the event available next week!
Our next event is the Super Poker Event of Europe 2013, also being held in Citywest on the 23rd & 24th of February.
PHOTOS - check out out more postcards of South Dublin then and now here
Here at The Gathering Dublin we're very happy to share an initiative courtesy of Local Studies Collection, South Dublin Libraries. Have a look at these postcards recently released that showcase South Dublin in the past and as it is today. Enjoy!
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