Essex Shillelaghs GAA

Gaelic (Irish) Football | Boys & Girls | Ages 6-16

Gaelic (Irish) Football | Women | Ages 21+


Spring 2024 Schedule


Saturday, May 4th @ Rockland (160 Old Orangeburg Rd, Orangeburg, NY 10962)

U8 and U12- 11:00 am

U10 and U14- 12:45 pm

Saturday, May 18th@ Rockland (160 Old Orangeburg Rd,

U8 and U12- 3:00 pm

U10 and U14- 4:30 pm

Saturday, June 1st @ Doherty Park Field (839 Beekman Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533)

U8 and U12- 2:00 pm

U10 and U14- 3:30 pm


Saturday, June 8th @ Redmond Park (Cook Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701)

U8 and U12- 2:00 pm

U10 and U14- 3:45 pm

Sunday, June 23rd – Irish Sports Expo & Awards @The Shillelagh Club, West Orange, NJ

U8 through U14, 12-2pm Subject to change.


Saturday Practices Dates

Stagg Field, West Orange: 

April 6, 27

May 11


Wednesday Practices Dates

Stagg Field, West Orange

April 10, 17

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

June 5




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 Spring Registration
West Orange Residents

Our Gaelic Football program for children aged 6-16 will begin with practice in mid-March. Our 8-10 Home/Away game schedule is expected to begin in early April on our Home venue, Stagg Field in West Orange. The season is expected to be completed by mid-June. We will provide more schedule details once it is available from the the NY Minor Board of the GAA. Players will join teams forming for children aged 8 and under (u8), u10, u12, u14 & u16. This registration is for the Spring schedule. Available Summer & Fall activity is player optional and not included in this registration. Uniform shirts will be provided to players but must be returned at the end of the season. Players will receive game shorts and socks as part of this registration.

Click Here to Register  

Support our 2024 Sponsors

Team Sponsors

Ollie Browne Electric
Compass Realty
Abbot O’Reilly Contracting

Contributing Sponsors

Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Essex Division
Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Div 9
Foritas, Inc.
Bay Breeze Apparel

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!