About Us

About the Essex Shillelaghs GAA

The Essex Shillelaghs GAA program introduces Gaelic sports to Essex County for boys and girls aged 6-14. 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.

Mission Statement

The Essex Shillelaghs youth Gaelic football program is committed to providing a fun, inclusive, and safe environment where young athletes can learn and thrive through the sport of Gaelic football. We aim to cultivate a culture of sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal development in all our players while celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Ireland and promoting the joy of physical activity. Our ultimate mission is to instill a lifelong passion for Gaelic football and foster a strong sense of community among our players, coaches, and families.

Board Members

Jim McGuire

Ollie Browne

Denis Naughton
Vice Chairman

Pat Pollard

Lorraine Joyce
Public Relations Officer

Fall Clinic

Date: November 5, 2023
Time: 12 P.M. - 2 P.M.
Location: Kelly Athletic Center

Our Fall Clinic welcomes all new players, whether you're a Gaelic football novice or simply curious about this exciting sport. Led by our experienced coaches, this clinic is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of Gaelic football in a friendly and encouraging environment. You'll learn the art of kicking, hand-passing, and soloing, gaining essential skills to conquer the field with confidence. Our coaches, well-versed in the game's intricacies, will guide you through each step, ensuring you grasp the techniques while having a blast.

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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!