solos on the costa del sol
Published 15/11/2012 | 06:00
The Costa Gaels were founded in Marbella in 2002 after legendary Kerry footballer Páidí ó Sé mentioned to founding chairman Jed O'Connor that Irish ex-pats on the Costa del Sol should start their own GAA club.
The club has 28 players. Most are Irish ex-pats from north and south, but there are also players from Spain, England, Iraq and Holland.
The Andalucian Gaelic league runs from October until April with one match per month.
There are seven more Gaelic football teams in Spain, in Gibraltar, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, La Coruña and Pamplona. Once a year, the Costa Gaels travel abroad to play a friendly in Europe.
In 2013, the team wants to secure a permanent pitch and bring in hurling.