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18 Feb

GAA ABROAD PROFILES (1) DAEGU FIANNA, SOUTH KOREA

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Posted by Keith Nulty in GAA Abroad | Feb 2017

This weekend (February 18th), Daegu Fianna host their first session of the Daegu Fianna Academy at Jaeil Middle School before the adults join in the following Saturday.

Officially recognised by the GAA since 2011, the club was formed by Galway man Leo Corbett in 2007 and have gone on to build a firm base with players competing from Canada, South Africa, America, England, Scotland as well as Irish people who have settled in the city two hours from Seoul.

Their most memorable victory came in 2011 when they shocked Seoul Gaels in competitive action and they competed in the Asian Games that same year making the quarter-final stages before falling to Abu Dhabi Celts.

Since then, the club has competed in the Korean Gaelic League against teams like Seoul Gaels and Laochra Busan while the capital often hosts teams travelling from Japan and China in a great opportunity for the Irish diaspora in east Asia to come together in their love of Gaelic Games as well as enjoying the social side as well.

With club numbers running past the 80 mark, they are a growing club ensuring men and women living away from home get the opportunity to compete as well as those not from Irish descent getting exposed to men and women’s Gaelic football.  And some have proven to be very skilful having never experienced the game before.

For further details involving Daegu Fianna, check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/daegu.fianna.3)

And they can be contacted at ([email protected]).  

While pictures and further details can be found on https://www.daegufianna.com/about

And just to highlight the spirit in this thriving club, check club member Michelle Flagiello’s video package below

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