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Arabian Celts GAA

The Arabian Celts GAA Club was founded in 2008. It is the amalgamation of two previous Clubs in the area, the Bahrain Irish & Naomh Abdullah Dhahran from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

In the short time since it has been established the Arabian Celts Club has won an All Asia title in 2009 when the Club\’s first Team travelled to Bangkok to play in the Asian Gaelic Games.

Later that same year the Club\’s second Team, the Arabian Legends won the Middle East Shield at the Middle East Gaelic Games.

In 2011 the Arabian Celts All Star Team were crowned Middle East Bowl Champions.

To date the Club has won two All Asia All Star awards when Captain Johnny McFadden was selected at Full Forward on the All Asia All Star Team for 2009 and Joe Melia was selected at Midfield on the All Asia All Star Team of 2011.

In 2011 the Club also had the honor of being voted All Asia Club of the Year which was a fantastic achievement for a Club that had only being established for a short time.

In 2011 the Club has gone from strength to strength with 4 Mens Teams & 2 Ladies Teams competing at the Middle East Gaelic Games.

The Club has also set up a Juvenile section in 2011 with junior programmes for both Boys & Girls. Junior training currently takes place on Friday mornings from 10.30.

The Middle East Gaelic Games in Bahrain was the 1st ratified Regional tournament under the Asian County Board and the Club had the honour of hosting the 1st AGB Middle East Gaelic Games. The Club was also fundamental in setting up the Middle East Gaelic Football League and this was launched at the Gaelic Games held in Bahrain in November 2010.

If you are interested in joining the Bahrain Rugby Football Club come along to training on the following nights :

  • Mens : Sunday & Tuesday at the Bahrain Rugby Club at 7.00 pm.
  • Ladies : Sunday at the Rugby Club at 7pm & Wednesday night at 6.30 pm at the Rugby Club.
  • Kids : Saturday mornings at the Bahrain Rugby Club at 11 am.
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Celts looking to carry momentum

Bahrain’s Arabian Celts Gaelic football teams are off to Al Ain this weekend for their first competitive outing of 2015 in the resuming Sperrin Middle East League. Despite a two-month gap since the last tournament, the Bahrain teams remain in high spirits after the Arabian Celts men captured the club’s first ever senior cup title

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Celts make history in Abu Dhabi

  Anyone who was around the club last night might have noticed that the pitches were quieter than usual, as the Arabian Celts Gaelic football squads took a well-deserved break from their regular training schedule following their history-making exploits in Abu Dhabi over the weekend. The Celts returned to Bahrain this week on the crest


Preparations for Irish Festival in full swing

Some 40 men’s and women’s teams from all over the region will descend on Bahrain RFC this weekend for the Middle East GAA Championship Finals. The event is the centrepiece of the annual Bahrain Irish Festival, which has been moved from its usual November slot to accommodate the competition. Among those taking part in what

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Celts secure second spot

BAHRAIN’s Arabian Celts hurling team reached another senior final over the weekend to secure a highly-respectable second place in the inaugural Middle East Hurling League. The Celts had a tough opening to proceedings at the 7evens ground on Friday afternoon as they faced off against league leaders Dubai A and although they put up a


Last outing for Celts ahead of home tournament

The Arabian Celts seniors, hurlers and kids teams are in the UAE today for the annual Gulf Gaelic Games in Dubai. This weekend’s tournament is the penultimate event of the season and offers the teams their last chance of full-on competitive action ahead of the Middle East League Championship Finals here in Bahrain next month.

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Decent showing from depleted Celts in Doha

It was a tough day at the office for the Arabian Celts teams from Bahrain over the weekend as they traveled to Qatar for the latest round of the Middle East League. Despite missing a whole host of regular starters, the Celts Senior team proved their credentials once again as they made it all the

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Celts off to Qatar

Bahrain’s Arabian Celts teams are on their travels again this weekend as the Celts and Legends men’s squads travel to Qatar for the final tournament of the regular season in the Middle East League. Although Dubai A have already been confirmed as league champions – breaking Qatar GAA’s stranglehold over the title since the league

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

It was something of a quiet Thursday by Bahrain RFC’s normal standards but fear not; there’s plenty else going on over the course of the rest of the weekend. Although the first XV are in Dubai todayto take on Jebel Ali Dragons, there’s a whole host of live sport for you to enjoy, starting with


Sports Camp registration extended

Members are advised that registration for the upcoming Half-term Sports Camp has been extended until the end of the week. The legendary kids camp, which will run from February 23rd to February 26th, will once again be open to girls and boys, members and non-members, aged five to 15 and will feature a host of

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Bahrain RFC to host Junior Gaelic Blitz

Bahrain RFC will play host to the Junior Gaelic teams of Qatar GAA later this month for a special international challenge series. While our regular Junior Gaelic players are already in preparation for their first ever clash with their rivals from Doha, the upcoming Challenge Series will also offer an opportunity to any other members

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Celts come up short in Abu Dhabi

Bahrain’s Arabian Celts Gaelic football teams are having a well-earned rest this weekend after the latest round of the Middle East League in Abu Dhabi. Over 60 ladies and men’s teams from all over the Gulf descended on Shaikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in the UAE capital last Friday for the first competition of 2014

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Celts to make 2014 bow in Abu Dhabi

The Arabian Celts Gaelic Football teams will get their first taste of competitive action of 2014 this weekend as they travel to the UAE for the annual Abu Dhabi Gaelic Games. It’s been over two months since the previous round of the Middle East League in Oman back in November but with the Champions League


Junior Sports Update – Friday, January 24th

Members are advised that due to the Bahrain teams’ participation in the HSBC Junior Rugby event in Dubai this weekend, normal junior rugby training for under 8s, under 12s and under 14s tomorrow, Friday 24th, has been cancelled. Under 6s and under 10s training will carry on as normal from 9am. Junior Gaelic will also

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Bahrain RFC to host GAA coaching seminar

Bahrain RFC will tonight play host to a special GAA coaching seminar conducted by former Laois Senior Football manager Sean Dempsey. A former senior county player himself, Dempsey went on to manage Laois minors to an All Ireland title in 2003, before taking over the reigns of his native county’s senior side in 2008. He


Sports Schedules Resume

Members are advised that all regular sports programmes – apart from the Sunday afternoon Junior Netball Squad sessions – will resume from this week (starting January 5th). For further information, please contact sports.coordinator@bahrainrfc.com.

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Bahrain RFC Christmas Sports Camp

The legendary Bahrain RFC Kids Sports Camp will return for a special Christmas edition from December 15th to 18th. Once again the camp will be open to girls and boys, members and non-members, aged six to 15 and will feature a host of sports and activities such as football, rugby, rounders, dodgeball, swimming and treasure

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Arabian Celts Champions League returns

The Arabian Celts’ Champions League will make a welcome return to the fields of Bahrain RFC from 7pm tonight. Now in its fifth season, the Champions League is a mixed, intra-club Gaelic football league that has become an increasingly-popular component of the club’s sporting calendar. As well as featuring the senior Arabian Celts men’s and

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Arabian Celts hurlers make first ever final

The Arabian Celts hurlers very nearly got off to the perfect start in the first round of the inaugural Middle East League in Oman over the weekend but in the end, had to make do with runners-up spot to a strong Dubai Celts outfit. Despite the final result however, this historic first ever tournament for

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Historic day for the Arabian Celts Middle East League

Bahrain’s Arabian Celts GAA club will this weekend play a part in what will be a historic day for Gaelic Games in the region as the senior men’s hurling team takes its place in the first round of the inaugural Middle East Hurling League in Oman. One of the pillars of the Gaelic Athletic Association,

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Celts on the brink of history

There was heartbreak for the Arabian Celts in the latest round of the Middle East League in Al Ain last week as they missed out on what would have been their maiden tournament victory with an extra-time defeat to old rivals Dubai Celts in the Senior Final. This was only the Celts second ever appearance

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Arabian Celts in Al Ain

Al Ain is the destination for the Arabian Celts Gaelic Football Club men’s teams this weekend as they return to action in the Middle East League. For the Celts it will be a first competitive outing since their triumph at the Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last month and they will be looking to build


Third time lucky for the Arabian Celts

The Arabian Celts Senior team returned triumphant from the Asian Gaelic Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after recapturing the Men’s B Cup title after a frustrating and at times heart-breaking four-year wait. After successive defeats to Seoul Gaels in the Cup finals of 2011 and 2012, the Celts made it third time lucky this time

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Arabian Celts off to Kuala Lumpur

The Arabian Celts Gaelic Football Club teams will this morning (Oct 10) touch down in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur for the annual Asian Gaelic Games. This is the club’s sixth consecutive appearance at what has grown to become one of the biggest international Gaelic tournaments in the world. Taking place at the Kuala


Malaysian Ambassador visits Bahrain RFC

The Malaysian Ambassador to Bahrain Dato Ahmed Shahizan Abdul Samad paid a visit to Bahrain RFC this week to meet with players and officials from the Arabian Celts, ahead of their trip to the annual Asian Gaelic Games in Kuala Lumpur next week. The Ambassador was greeted on arrival by club president Mike Burton and

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Half-term Sports Camp

Bahrain RFC is delighted to confirm that the dates for the latest edition of its legendary Half-term Sports Camps have been set for the week starting October 13th. Running from Sunday the 13th to Wednesday the 16th inclusive, the camp will once again be open to girls and boys aged six to 15 and will

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Celts Ladies make semis

The Arabian Celts Ladies team provided the highlight of the weekend from a Bahraini perspective at the opening round of this season’s Middle East League in Dubai as they finished in the top four of the A competition for the first time. Pitted in a tough group alongside Al Ain, Qatar and Sharjah, the girls,

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Celts set for League bow

The Arabian Celts will have three teams in action in Dubai this weekend for the opening round of this year’s Middle East League. Having enjoyed an intense pre-season schedule and a valuable run out against Naomh Alee Riyadh earlier this month, the teams will travel in fine physical condition but with a raft of new

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Junior Gaelic cancelled this weekend

Members are advised that, with regret, the club has been forced to cancel the regular junior Gaelic training this coming Friday due to the unavailability of the coaches. Training will resume next week, with further details on schedules and upcoming tournaments to be circulated in the coming days.


Junior sports start dates confirmed

Bahrain RFC is delighted to confirm that the full junior sports programmes for the coming season will kick off from this Thursday, September 19th. Junior football: Junior football will return to its regular Thursday afternoon slot this week (Sept 19th), with the under 6 and under 8 age groups running from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, followed

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Junior Gaelic

Members are reminded that junior Gaelic will get underway this afternoon with a special exhibition match at 5pm. The match is taking place as part of the special Gaelic Games Challenge Series between our own Arabian Celts and the Naomh Alee Club from Riyadh, which kicks off at 2pm. Any girls or boys aged between


the Big Season Kick-off

After a fairly slow build up, the new season kicks off in style this weekend, with a host of live sport, music and entertainment at Bahrain RFC. To start with, the Arabian Celts will welcome their counterparts from Naomh Alee Riyadh for a special Gaelic Games Challenge Series. The ladies and men’s teams will battle


Summer Sports Programme up and running

The Bahrain RFC Summer Sports Programme officially got underway last week with a great turnout for the opening night of Social Mixed Netball. Social Netball continues tonight and every Tuesday for the next month at the same time of 7pm and all, whether experienced players or first-timers, are more than welcome. Social Touch Rugby is


Celts gear up for season finale

Bahrain’s Arabian Celts GAA teams will be looking to finish the 2012-2013 season off on a high this weekend as they travel to Abu Dhabi for the Middle East League Grand Finals. The senior men’s team’s fourth place finish in the league standings means they will take their place in the signature four-team competition alongside

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Junior Sports schedules for Easter holidays

Bahrain RFC Easter Junior Sports Schedule Thursday 28th March – Junior Football (u/6, u/8, u/10, u/12): All age groups will carry on as normal (Abdo will help with the u/8`s in Shauna`s absence) Junior Football (u/14): u/14`s will train at the new earlier time of 1730 – 1830 Junior Netball (u/8, u/12): Cancelled Friday 29th


Great weekend for the Celts in Dubai

The Arabian Celts GAA Club sides have returned to Bahrain after a hugely successful weekend at the Gulf Gaelic Games in Dubai. Not only did the senior men’s football team secure its place in the Middle East League Grand Finals in Abu Dhabi next month but the senior men’s hurling team captured its first piece


Biggest Celts contingent off to Dubai

The Arabian Celts will be out in force this weekend as they travel to the Gulf Gaelic Games in Dubai. After a successful season to date, in which both the senior men’s and senior ladies teams have claimed silverware, the Celts will be looking to continue their run of form in what is the penultimate


Clets suffer case of Deja Vu

There was an unfortunate sense of Déjà vu for the Arabian Celts Ladies over the weekend as they suffered defeat to Qatar Ladies in the Plate Final of the Sharjah Gaelic Games. Having traveled to the Al Ain Games last month with the bare minimum of nine players, the Celts, or the Clets as they

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Clets travel to Sharjah

The Arabian Celts Ladies team is at the Sharjah Gaelic Games today, looking to make up for the disappointment of losing the Plate final in their most recent tournament outing in Al Ain last month. On that occasion the Celts, or the Clets as the ladies team is affectionately known, went with the bare minimum


Celts capture Plate title in Qatar

The Arabian Celts senior men’s team captured its first piece of silverware of the 2012/2013 season over the weekend as they claimed the plate title at the Qatar Gaelic Games in Doha. Despite continuing the unwanted Celts tradition of getting off to a slow start, the lads rallied after the opening game and finished with


Celts off to Qatar

The Arabian Celts men’s team will continue their hunt for silverware this weekend as they travel to Doha for the 2013 Qatar Gaelic Games. The Celts will once again put their wits against the top teams from around the Gulf in an intense day of competition. As it stands, the Bahrain-based team currently lies fourth

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Live sport tonight

Action-packed night at the club tonight with live rugby, Gaelic and netball all on show from 7pm. 7pm will see the Arabian Celts’ take over Pitch Two for the latest round of the Champions League and after some intense battles last Tuesday night, much is anticipated from this week’s tantalising encounters. First up is the


Celts fall short in Al Ain final

The Arabian Celts Ladies fell agonisingly short in their bid for Silverware at the latest round of the Middle East League in Al Ain over the weekend, as they lost out in the Plate Final. Despite traveling with the bare minimum of nine players due to a raft of injuries and unavailability, the Celts got


Celts Ladies off to Al Ain

The Arabian Celts senior ladies team will get their first taste of competitive action in 2013 tomorrow when they take part in the Al Ain Gaelic Games. Remarkably, this will be the ladies first outing since they stormed to the Shield title at their home competition here in Bahrain back in November. Although a two

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Celebrate Australia Day with Bahrain RFC

Bahrain RFC and the Aussie community in Bahrain are joining forces to celebrate Australias National Day. Australia Day is traditionally celebrated each year on January 26 but the club is rolling out a whole weekend of festivities, starting with a special double-edition of the legendary Carnivores Night at Mano’s restaurant on January 23 and 24,


Celts retain Top Four status

The Arabian Celts men retained their Top Four status in the Middle East League despite a tough time of it in the latest round of the championship in Oman over the weekend. Heading into the competition with a strong squad, the Celts were looking to get a maiden tournament victory under the belt at a


Celts gunning for glory in Oman

The Arabian Celts senior men’s team touched down in Muscat last night ahead of the annual Oman Gaelic Games later today. Despite this being the first tournament without star goalkeeper John Kelly and club legend John Gibbons, who both returned to Ireland at the back end of last year, the squad travels to Oman in


New health and fitness services on offer

Bahrain RFC is delighted to announce the official launch of the recently-extended gym, now being run under the watchful eye of Tom ‘TJ’ Jankowski. Developing his own brand of health and performance systems, TJ is keen to see all club members making use of the new range of specialist equipment. The Polish international and Bahrain

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Arabian Celts Ladies claim Middle East Shield

Abu Dhabi Na Fianna took most of the plaudits at the weekend’s annual Gaelic Games festival at the club but one of the biggest cheers was saved for our very own Arabian Celts Ladies team as they lifted the Middle East Shield title. The Abu Dhabi teams captured both the Men’s and Ladies’ Cup titles,


Record numbers set for Gaelic Games this weekend

An astonishing record number of 46 men and women’s Gaelic football and hurling teams will descend on the club tomorrow for the annual Bahrain Gaelic Games. Held once again as part of the Bahrain Irish Festival, this year’s tournament is celebrating 20 years of Gaelic Games on the island. Such has been meteoric rise in


Celts return from Kuala Lumpur

The wait for the return of some Asian Gaelic Games silverware to Bahrain will go on for at least another 12 months after the Arabian Celts teams again fell short of their quest in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend. Agonisingly, the Celts lost their second B Cup Final in as many years as they went


Silverware for the Celts

Congratulations to the Arabian Celts teams on a very successful start to the Middle East League in Dubai yesterday. The Ladies won the plate competition, the Legends won the bowl and the Celts first team performed well on the way to the semi-finals. The Celts will be back in training tomorrow night, with focus now

Junior Sports Day

Junior Sports Open Day

The club will play host to a Junior Sports Open Day this coming Friday (Sept 28th) between 9am and 12 noon. All members and non-members are invited to come along and try out the full range of junior sports available at the club. A team of experienced coaches will be on hand to direct rugby,


Artificial Pitch Passes Intitial Tests

The HSBC backed artificial pitch had it’s bi-annual retest performed last Sunday evening when Grant Humpheys from Australia’s IRB approved Acousto-Scan testing authority visited the Club. The tests involved a series of measurements as to ascertain any depletion in the levels of its shredded rubber, any potential deterioration of the fibres & retesting of potential head impact

Membership Due

2012/13 Membership subscription fees

Dear Members, Bahrain RFC’s annual membership year runs from September 1st to August 31st, with a grace period for payment extending to September 30th each year. Your membership is now due and we would appreciate it if you could make arrangements to complete your renewal as soon as possible. No changes have been made to


Gaelic Football Champions League Finals

Gaelic Football Champions League Finals Friday March 2nd from 4.00pm Followed by music with Declan O’Sullivan from 8pm  





 October 5  Middle East League  Dubai N/A
 October 27/28  Asian Gaelic Games  Kuala Lumpur report
 November 16  Middle East League  Bahrain report
 January 18  Middle East League  Muscat
 February 1  Middle East League  Al Ain
 February 15  Middle East League  Doha
 March 1  Middle East League  Sharjah
March 22 Gulf Gaelic Games Dubai
April 19 Middle East League Grand Finals Abu Dhabi