East Belfast GAA

East Belfast
Oirthear Bhéal Feirste
Founded:2020
County:Down
Colours:Black and Yellow
Playing kits
Standard colours

East Belfast GAA (Irish: CLG Oirthear Bhéal Feirste) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in east Belfast in County Down, Northern Ireland. The team currently plays in the Down Senior County League. The team is noted for its cross community inclusion which differs from other GAA teams in Northern Ireland where the majority of followers are usually derived from the Nationalist community. East Belfast GAA have been a cross-community team since its inception with the inclusion of both Unionist and Nationalist personnel, and actively promotes friendship and cooperation between both sides of the political divide. It is the first GAA club to be based in East Belfast since St Colmcille's was formed in the 1950s but folded at the beginnings of the Troubles.

History

The provisional logo of the East Belfast GAC before the current crest

The club was formed in May 2020 by cross-community worker and former Carryduff GAA player Richard Maguire, and former London GAA player David McGreevy who had moved back to Northern Ireland in late 2018. They were joined by Irial O'Cealliagh, Kenny Caldwell and David Doherty, when the five held the first meeting at Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain, Belfast to create the club. After decades long absence of a GAA club in the historically Loyalist East Belfast, McGreevy initially hoped to set up a boys U12 team, and put out a message on Twitter asking for help setting up a GAA club.

The club crest was revealed on 16 July 2020. It features primarily an outline of the Harland and Wolff cranes which is an iconic symbol of the area, a shamrock, a thistle & a red hand, along with the club's motto "Together" written in the three languages of Northern Ireland; English, Irish ("Le Chéile") and Ulster-Scots ("Thegither"). The crest was designed by creative director Rory Millar.

On 5 August 2020, there was a hoax bomb alert at the team's training ground at Henry Jones Playing Fields which was believed to have been aimed at East Belfast GAA. The incident was condemned by all local politicians on both sides of the divide including the unionist DUP's Gavin Robinson MP & nationalist SDLP's Lisnasharragh Councillor Séamas de Faoite.

On the 19 September, the senior camogie team had its first win, beating St Enda's GAC reserve camogie team 7-11 to 2-2. This is the club's first win since forming the GAC.


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