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GAA: 2019 Asian Gaelic Games
Senior Hurling Cup Final Champions Saigon Gaels, Captain Cormac Gaston

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Spraoi Agus Spórt Receive €500 Donation – From Vietnamese GAA Club!

Friday 26 November 2021

"It’s not every day that a social enterprise from the Inishowen peninsula of Donegal gets the welcome news of a €500 donation from a GAA club & community of Irish expats living half a world away in Vietnam!


However, thanks to the generosity of Dubliner Jonny McLoughlin and 14 other men from the Saigon Gaels GAA Club in Ho Chi Minh City, Spraoi agus Spórt are set to jointly benefit from a ‘Movember’ fundraising appeal, which has already surpassed its original target of €1K on the JustGiving platform..."

- By Dáire Bonnar, Donegal Daily

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Asian GAA clubs rose to the challenge in 2020

Friday 8 January 2021

"In the face of considerable adversity in 2020, GAA clubs in Asia showed great resolve and imagination to rise to the challenge.


"GAA on the continent is in a stronger place now than it was this time last year which is remarkable really considering the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic."

- By John Harrington,

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Good Scoring Vietnam:

Kerry native discusses lining out for Saigon Gaels, life in Asia

November 6, 2020

"After 13 months in Vietnam, Charlie O’Neill has certainly experienced the highs and lows associated with moving over 10,500 kms to the other side of the world.


"The Kerry native arrived in Asia without a job and spent two months searching for employment before she managed to find work as a kindergarten teacher."

- By Ivan Smyth, Limerick Voice

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December 2, 2020

"COVID-19 stripped many clubs in Ireland and abroad of the opportunity to play but Vietnam escaped the restrictions seen in Ireland. Vietnam was fortunate to eliminate COVID-19 in early May to allow life and GAA training to return. "

- GAA 

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Ballyshannon men faced each other in Vietnam Gaelic final

November 21, 2020

"You just never know in Gaelic football, or who you will meet in a final a long way from home. Recently in the Vietnam Division 1A final, two former Aodh Ruadh players were on opposing sides.

Jason Kane and Francis McShea come from very well-known GAA families in Ballyshannon but are now domiciled in Vietnam."

- Dongal Live

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Gaelic Games Return To Action - In Vietnam

July 7, 2020

"North v South took on a different twist in the GAA at the weekend – in Vietnam.

Teams from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) travelled to the capital Hanoi to play in a multi-sports tournament as Gaelic games returned to the global stage."

- Irish News

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VTV News

July 5, 2020

North V South Tournament made it to VTV News in Vietnam.
Check out the link, our event is shown around the 3 minute mark. Happy viewing!

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Thailand & Saigon the Champions at Historic GAA Tournament in Cambodia

March 5, 2018

"Thailand were crowned men’s Gaelic football champions last weekend, while Saigon Gaels scooped the ladies’ Gaelic football crown, after the first ever international GAA tournament to be played in Cambodia."
- Irish Examiner


How did Saigon Gaels come to be?

APRIL 11, 2020

"The foundations of Saigon Gaels were laid in 2011 when our neighbours and rivals the Viet Celts were asked to host the SAGGs (South Asian Gaelic Games) and could not find a suitable venue in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, to host the event. At this time, a GAA ball hadn’t grazed the ground of Saigon but the opportunity to host the major tournament spurred interest within the vibrant and densely populated city. While the Viet Celts organised the tournament, Glenn Murphy one of the founding members of the Gaels created what could be described as an Irish answer to a local Junior ‘B’ team."
- GAA World

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The Irish in Vietnam: A New Diaspora Arises

April 30, 2017

"We know all about the extent of the Irish diaspora in the US and Australia, but what about those in the less stereotypical centers of Irish immigration?

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: The city symphony: a unique blend of motorbike horns, cars beeping, street vendors calling out to sell their ‘Banh Mi’ traditional sandwich or a variation of a noodle dish perhaps, all combine together to give a somewhat hectic view of Ho Chi Minh City on the first arrival."

- Irish Central

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