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January 2024 Newsletter - A New Year for Washington D.C. Gaels


In 2023, Washington D.C. witnessed a remarkable celebration of Gaelic culture within the DMV region. The year was packed with several unforgettable events, including the Capital Irish Film Festival, the Ballyshaners St. Patrick's Day Parade, Ireland on the Wharf, watch parties at O'Connell's Bar, EU Open House at the Irish Embassy, Spring & Summer new player days, away games, and the growth of all codes, with a particular focus on youth development. The year also saw both football teams clinching Mid-Atlantic Division trophies, which added to the excitement. However, the moment of the year was the triumph of our very own 2023 USGAA Junior C Ladies Football Champions, which made us all proud to be D.C. Gaels!


2023 Mid-Atlantic Divisional Trophies - Ladies’ and Men's Football


2023 USGAA Junior C Ladies Football Champions


Awards Night 2023 

SATURDAY, January 20th, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Hunter's Hound

5471 Wisconsin Ave

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

The votes are in, and we are ready to announce your Players of the Year, Most Improved for each code, and Club Person of the Year. Deadline to RSVP for Awards Night is today, Wednesday, January 17th, 2024. Your RSVP entitles you and a plus one to enjoy a complimentary drink and a selection of delicious hors d'oeuvres.


2024 Executive Committee Elected

The leadership of D.C. Gaels has undergone a significant transition as we venture into 2024. It's worth noting that all but one officer decided to step down from their roles to make way for fresh faces and new ideas. The following were elected to the Executive Committee at our AGM in December:

  • Chairperson: Ronan Kelly

  • Vice Chairperson: Eli Webster

  • Secretary: Candice Stone

  • Treasurer: Michael Brophy

  • Registrar: John McHale

  • Youth Development Officer: Rory Coffey

  • Public Relations Officer: TJ Fitzgerald

Our thanks to the outgoing board of Patrick McCabe, Emmet McKeown, Christina Petrocelli, Richard O’Rourke, Ian Hutchinson, and Jillian Kelly for their work in 2023. Their contributions have been instrumental to the club's success, and we are incredibly grateful for their commitment.

As they step away, we would like to extend a special recognition to three of those outgoing members for their years of service on the Executive Committee. Patrick, Ian, and Richard have served for 4, 4, and 5 years respectively. Their leadership throughout the pandemic and beyond has been unwavering, and their dedication to the club has set a high standard for their successors to follow.


Mid-Atlantic Division Board Elections

We are pleased to announce Seán Murray has been appointed as the new Vice Chairperson for the Mid-Atlantic Division Board. Congratulations to Seán on the appointment, and we wish him every success in the new role.


Super Bowl Squares

Super Bowl Squares are now live! Support the club and get four chances at winning $250 during this year's Super Bowl on Sunday, February 11th. Tickets are $20 each so please buy one and share it with family and friends. More details can be found here.


Upcoming events hosted by Irish organizations in the DMV area


Irish Network DC (IN-DC): January Social

1/18, Across The Pond, Washington, DC

Join Irish Network-DC for their first monthly social of 2024 at Across the Pond Restaurant & Pub, beginning at 6:30 PM. Details can be found here.


Solas Nua: Capital Irish Film Festival

2/29 - 3/3, AFI's Silver Theatre & Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD

Solas Nua’s annual Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington, D.C., presents one of North America's largest Irish cinema programs. The four-day festival showcases the latest Irish dramatic and documentary features, shorts, and animation releases and provides a platform that not only highlights the rich cultural heritage of Ireland but also fosters an inclusive and diverse community of filmmakers. Find out more here.


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