Essex Shillelaghs GAA

Gaelic (Irish) Football | Boys & Girls | Ages 5-16

Gaelic (Irish) Football | Women | Ages 17+


About Us

The Essex Shillelaghs GAA program introduces Gaelic sports to Essex County for boys and girls aged 6-16. In association with the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of Essex County, Town of West Orange Recreation Department, and the New York GAA Minor Board, the program aims to increased awareness and involvement within the community, as well as building a regional network within the Irish community across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Parents and guardians can rest assured knowing that the league prioritizes the safety and well-being of all participants. Qualified coaches and referees will oversee each event, ensuring that players adhere to proper techniques and guidelines. Additionally, the league will provide opportunities for young athletes to enhance their physical fitness and mental resilience through structured training programs.

It’s not just about the game – it’s about the experience! Get ready to make new friends who share your enthusiasm and discover the sense of belonging that comes with being part of the Essex Shillelaghs GAA family.

What is Gaelic Football?

Gaelic football seamlessly blends the excitement of soccer, the skills of basketball, and the strategy of football. Played with a distinctive  round ball, Gaelic football takes place on a rectangular field where two teams compete to score points by either kicking the ball into the opponent’s goal or over the crossbar.

2024 Gaelic Football Fall Registration

Our Gaelic Football program for children aged 5-16 will begin with practice in September. Players will join teams for ages u6, u8, u10, u12, u14 & u16, and practices will take place weekly on Stagg Field in West Orange, NJ. Our 6-to-8 away game schedule is expected to run September – November. We will provide more schedule details once it is available from the NY Minor Board of the GAA. 

Click Here to Learn More and Register for our Youth Program   

 In association with the Town of West Orange Department of Recreation and the New York Ladies GAA, we are excited to announce the formation of a women’s Gaelic Football program for Fall 2024.

Nicknamed the “Shi-Ladies”, women 21 years of age and over will join a team forming to play with the NYLGAA this Fall.  Wednesday night practices will start in the summer at our home field, Stagg Field in West Orange with games beginning in September.  The competitions will be in the “B” division and first time players will find themselves very welcome.

Click Here to Learn More and Register for our Ladies Program   

Have Questions or Ready to Join?

Whether you have questions about our Gaelic Football program or are ready to join our great community, we're here to assist you every step of the way. Reach out to us today and let's kick-start your Gaelic Football journey together!