Wednesday 23 January 2008

23/01 :  Gulf Gaelic Sevens

   /gg7small.gifThe Gulf Gaelic Games will take place at the Dubai Polo + Equestrian Club (Arabian Ranches) from 23rd to 26th January 2008.
Program for the 4 days 
Wed. 23rd Jan 08
8amDIGS golf with DJ Carey, Montgomerie, 595aed
8pmOfficial welcome night
Meridien Mina Seyahi (Upstairs of the Yacht Club), 100aed
Thurs 24th Jan 08
6pmNight at the races
Millennium Grandstand, Saratoga suite, 350aed 
Friday 25th Jan 08
9am-6pmGulf Gaelic Sevens 2008
Dubai Polo Club, Bab Al Shams road
Ladies football and camogie qualifiers
Men’s football qualifiers, A, B and Socials
Men’s hurling qualifiers
9pmIrish Village entertainment, 100aed

Saturday 26th Jan 08
9am-2pmGulf Gaelic Sevens 2008
Dubai Polo Club, Bab Al Shams road 
Semi-finals + finals all competitions including plates.
Kids activities on the day to include bouncing castle, face painting etc
3pmJumeirah College hurling challenge 5th-v-6th forms.
3.30pmSiobhan Kilalea Irish dance school
4pmLadies All-Stars football 2006-v-2007
5pmSiobhan Kilalea Irish dance school
5.30pmPresentation of trophies by Colm McLoughlin, President Dubai Celts
9pmIrish Village entertainment
11pmPresentation players-of-the-tournament,
Irish Village

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Saturday 19 January 2008

19/01 :  Irish runner 13th in Marathon

   Martin Fagan yesterday battled through the pain barrier in the Dubai Marathon to achieve his target of an Olympic qualifying standard for Beijing. Fagan, finished in 2 hours 14 minutes 06 seconds, comfortably inside the Olympic A qualifying standard of 2.15.

/faganrunning.jpgThe weather in Dubai was perfect for marathoners with temperatures down to 11C, rising to just 14C at the finish, with little wind. World marathon record holder holder Haile Gebrselassie ran the second fastest marathon in history, 2.o4.53 to win the men’s race, but a suicidal early pace by his Ethiopian pacemakers ruined any chance he had of breaking his own world record of 2.04.06, set in Berlin only three months ago.

This was an extraordinary battling performance by 24 year old Martin Fagan who, up to half-way, was on course for an even faster finishing time. “I was with the chasing group and I was feeling good at half –way,”Fagan said. “I had written my projected time splits on my hand and I had expected that there would be time clocks at certain points on the course and so I was not wearing a watch. However, there were no clocks on the course and I found that a bit difficult.”Fagan then faced a much bigger problem between 25 and 35 kilometres as a troublesome hip injury flared up. “I was in agony for over ten kilometres and I had to stop and stretch a number of times so that I could get just a little bit of relief from the pain,” he said.“I had been having a few problems in recent times with my back and hip, but I never experienced anything like the pain I had at that critical point of the race. However, I fought on and it was a huge relief to finish inside the Olympic Qualifying standard. That was my target and I was determined to make it.”

Fagan finished in much distress and was immediately taken away for medical examination. “The doctor said that I may have a stress fracture of my hip, but I am hoping that he is wrong, “Fagan said. “It was worth all the pain and discomfort to have made the Olympic qualifying standard. The conditions were good and it was a tough but very worthwhile experience.”

The Mullingar man will arrive back in Dublin early on Sunday morning and already Athletics Ireland High Performance Manager, Gareth Devlin has made arrangements for him to receive the best of medical care.

Fagan can now be confident of making the Irish track and field team for Beijing- the first time since 1992 that Ireland will have a representative in the Olympic Marathon. The Barcelona Olympics of 1992 saw three Irish runners in the marathon-John Treacy, Andy Ronan and Tommy Hughes.

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon was Fagan’s second choice in his race for an Olympic qualifying standard. Fagan had hoped to run in the Houston marathon earlier this month, before he encountered visa difficulties which denied him re-entry to America. Ireland’s latest Olympic qualifier is now hoping that his US visa problem will soon be sorted out and that he will be able to complete some of his Olympic training preparations at his U.S training base where his coach resides.

“Athletics Ireland have been very helpful to me over the past several weeks and they organised accommodation for me in DCU during my training build-up for Dubai.,” Fagan said.

Story from AAI

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Wednesday 16 January 2008

16/01 :  Irish run for Dhaka Project

   A Chairde Gael, hope you all survived the excesses of the holidays.

/thombros.gifTwo of Irelands' finest in Dubai, THOMAS BROSNAN (Schull), executive chef at the Grand Hyatt and MICHAEL BURKE (Ballinasloe), who is in the property sector, have kindly volunteered to run the Dubai Marathon on 18th January, 2008 on behalf of the Dhaka Project, a charity that the Irish community in Dubai has generously supported over the past 5 years. In Dhaka - the worlds' poorest city of 16 million - 80% of children don’t go to school. Instead, they scavenge the city dumps for recyclable material to supplement the family income.

/Dhaka_logo.jpgWhat the Dhaka Project does:

-It rescues FAMILIES from the slums of Dhaka.
-It trains the parents for sustainable employment thus releasing the kids for schooling.
-It provides shelter, food, healthcare, mentoring / tutoring during the parent training period.
-It enrols kids in private schools to get them the basics which allows them into Public Schools, this process takes about 12 weeks
-It provides family housing for the rescued slum families, thus setting them up for life with a bit of dignity and self respect.

To date your generous contributions have been used to:
-House 55 families
-Train 80 women in order to allow them work as seamstresses,
-Get over 700 children onto the education ladder etc., etc.
Some of the costs involved:
-A singer sewing machine, 400 Dhs
-Educating a child in private school for 3 months, 95 Dhs
-Feeding a child….just only 1 dirham a day The work goes on and DHAKA PROJECT needs your support to rescue and train other needy slum families. For further information on this project log in to  /michael%20burke.gifYou can pledge your donations direct to Thomas, Michael or myself :
Thomas Brosnan
E-mail/SMS: Phone: 050-8067920
Michael Burke
E-mail/SMS: Phone: 050-7988428
Donal McCarthy Phone: 050-3435148 Please be generous with your pledges, it's for a good cause.
Have a great 2008, and be grateful every day that you were born where you were born.

Spread the word!

Donal McCarthy

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Saturday 12 January 2008

12/01 :  Dubai Irish Festival

   Don't miss a unique opportunity to celebrate the best that Ireland has to offer on your doorstep in Dubai! Come and enjoy the "Ceol agus Craic" in a series of exciting events featuring Ireland's top musicians, sports stars and performers!

Céilí in the Arabian Desert
Enjoy a night of Irish music & dance in the unique setting of the Arabian Desert. Music will be provided by the dynamic duo Seamus Begley & Jim Murray from Ireland. Sets & Céilí dances will also be taught by two of Ireland's top tutors Pádraig & Róisín McEneany. A BBQ and Desert activities will also be on offer. Bar facilities availability. Buses will leave from the Oasis Beach Hotel 3pm. Céilí at 8pm
Date: Tuesday 22nd January 2008
Venue: Arabian Desert
Tickets:  Dhs 250 (Dhs 100 - Céilí only)

/golf.jpgExclusive “Irish Golf Day” at The Montgomerie Golf Club
“Irish Day” at The Montgomery is when the Irish will exclusively take over this world class golf club. The Golf trip will be led by Irish Sporting GAA Star DJ Carey. ‘Best Irish Golfer of Dubai Irish Festival’ competition. Top rate prizes will be awarded to the winners and lunch is included.
Date: Wednesday 23rd January 2008
Venue: The Montgomery Golf Club
Time: 8am Tickets: Dhs 595
Information: Richard Ingram (DIGS)
+971 4 324 27 97

Exclusive “Irish Music Cruise” on Dubai Creek
/michealo.jpgEnjoy an international gourmet meal on board the spectacular ‘Bateaux Dubai’. Travel down Dubai’s creek at night accompanied by Irish composer and performer Mícheál O Súilleabháin who will entertain guests during dinner. The entertainers visiting Dubai from Ireland for the festival will also be in attendance. Enjoy freshly prepared international gourmet cuisine and the best of Irish music.
Date: Wednesday 23rd January 2008
Venue: Bateaux Dubai, Dubai Creek
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: Dhs 350

Exclusive “Irish Day” at Dubai International Racing Carnival
The Corporate suite situated in the Millennium Stand at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Sumptuous food, drink and non stop toe tapping entertainment from Ireland. The host for the evening will be renowned Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh. Music will be provided by eternal favourite Jason Fallon. Watch out for the “Best dressed Irish lady” and “Best Dressed Irish couple” competition with amazing prizes.
Date: Thursday, 24th January 2008
Venue: Nad Al Sheeba Racecourse
Tickets: Dhs 350
Time: 6pm-11pm

/barrymurphy.jpg“Irish Comedy Night”
Comedy fans are in for a treat at the Rainbow Room at the Aviation Club in the presence of one of Ireland’s finest comedians Barry Murphy known for his performances on Fr Ted and Après match. Barry will be supported by another very popular Irish comedian Bernard O Shea.
Date: Friday 25th January 2008 
Venue: The Rainbow Room at The Aviation Club
Tickets: Dhs 100
Time: 9pm
Information & Bookings: Rainbow Room +971 4 2824122

Live concerts at The Irish Village, Dubai
See one of Ireland’s most popular Irish contemporary artists Duke Special plus Frankie Gavin & his band Hibernian Rhapsody for a night of top calibre Irish music, song & dance. Followed by music at the late night Festival Club which runs ‘till 3am.
Date: Friday 25th January 2008  
Venue: The Irish Village, Dubai
Time: 9pm
Tickets: Dhs 100 (at the gate)

 “Ireland in Dubai” Ireland's greatest Irish performers in concert with the “Dubai Philharmonic Orchestra”.
Frankie Gavin & his band Hibernian Rhapsody will join forces with the Dubai Philharmonic Orchestra for a night of Irish music song & dance. Featuring distinguished Irish composer Mícheál O’ Súilleabháin, World famous Irish tenor Anthony Kearns of the Irish Tenors, leading contemporary singer Duke Special.
Date: Saturday 26th January 2008
Venue: Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre
Time: 8pm
Tickets: Dhs 250

/irishvillage.jpgLive concerts at The Irish Village, Dubai
See one of Ireland’s most popular Irish traditional duo's Seamus Begley & Jim Murray
for a night of top calibre Irish music, song & dance.
Date: Saturday 26th January 2008  
Venue: The Irish Village, Dubai
Information:  (Tickets are available subject to government permissions being granted.)

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Saturday 22 December 2007

22/12 :  DIS Christmas Party

   /santaboys.JPGIt’s the time of year for parties and what better way to have started the festive celebrations by getting dressed up in red Santa suits, warm mulled wine in hand while dancing to Christmas music. Declan and his band got everyone into the spirit of the seaon and it wasn't long before he had everyone up dancing and jigging to the sounds of his fine tunes. As the evening went on, there was anything from doing the Jig to Rock and Roll and even one brave lady was dancing the the Russian hoola to an Irish tune. God was she fit!
People were encouraged to participate in the raffle as the grand prize was a free flight on Emirates Airlines to any destination around the world. Congratulations go to the prize winner, Eamonn Duignan,w ho has told us that he plans to go to Rio for the carnival. Lucky him!
The highlight of the evening was hearing Donal sing Spancil Hill joined by his backing group, the Dubai Celts. The music and dancing continued into the wee small hours and as usual the Irish didn’t let the side down. Rumour has it that the party was to continue the next day in Waxies O'Connors or at least to go there and get the cure……….
See you all again next year and in the meantime have a fabulous xmas everyone.

Submitted by Louise Sheilds

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Thursday 20 December 2007

20/12 :  Santa's arrival in the Desert

   /childsantahat.jpgIt’s that time again! Every year the Irish Society hosts an extravaganza evening of ‘Santa in the Desert’. This year was no exception.

Families with children of all ages descended in the gentle heat of the desert - welcomed by a huge bonfire and glittering Christmas tree. The glow of the flashing lights were strategically placed so as to guide Santa to the children. I’m sure the burning embers of the bonfire and the riotous noise from the children was enough for him to find his way!
Adults and children of all nationalities were soon getting into the spirit of Christmas and singing their hearts out to Declan's guitar-playing. Even those less blessed with singing talent, joined along to entertain the nearby camels!

As night fell, the children and adults waited patiently for the big arrival. All of a sudden there was the sound of  "Ho Ho Ho…!". The children were so excited they could barely speak – they just stared in amazement. Santa arrived with lots of presents, wished everyone a Happy Christmas and expressed hope that all the girls and boys were on their best behaviour before Christmas Eve.

It was time for Santa to leave as his long and arduous journey wasn’t over yet – he had to travel all over the world to deliver presents to all the other boys and girls. The weary children waved him good bye and sent him on his merry way. Mums and Dads began to take their exhausted children home. However, some families pitched their tents and decided to stay the night continuing to sing carols around the bonfire, cherishing the spirit of Christmas in the desert a while longer.

The only question that threw me was when a delightful little girl asked me if I was Santa’s wife as I was wearing a Santa hat.  I told her Santa doesn’t have a wife! As his reindeer took off into the deep dark sky – I mused to myself; if I could be Santa’s wife for a day – I would ask for the best present in the world. PEACE at this time of year. Merry Xmas everyone………….

Submitted by Louise Shields

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Monday 10 December 2007

10/12 :  Abu Dhabi Irish Society Christmas Party

   /abudhabichristmasparty.gifChristmas Carol Night on Tuesday Dec 18, from 8 – 10 on the roof of the Crowne Plaza. 

Members 25 Dhs, non-members 40 Dhs.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be provided to get you in the festive mood. 

Singers from Abu Dhabi Choral Group will perform, along with other special guests. Tickets at the door - all welcome!

10/12 :  Santa in the Desert

Once again, the annual Santa in the Desert event turned out to be a huge success. This year's illuminated Christmas tree and background music, really set the scene.

Declan O' Sullivan's carol-singing session by the campfire kept the wee cherubims occupied until Santa's appearance over the dune.

If you have any photos for this event, please email me so I can upload them to the site.

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10/12 :  Gulf Gaelic Games 2008

   This years Gulf Gaelic Games tournament will take place on the 25th and 26th of January at the Dubai Polo Grounds.
With teams coming from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Ireland to take part, this event promises to be even bigger than last year's event making the Gulf Gaelic Games one of the premier GAA tournaments outside of Ireland. A number of teams who participated in the last tournament have committed to return next January to compete for honours again. Teams will battle it out over two days in the different sections of the competition and the strongest teams will be rewarded for their efforts at the end of day two in what promise to be closely contested finals.
For more information about the tournament, visit the Dubai Celts website.

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10/12 :  Dubai Irish Festival

   Dubai Irish Festival is an exciting and innovative brand new 7 day Irish festival which will take place from 21st - 27th January 2008.Featuring evenings with the best international performers within the Irish traditional music industry today such as Seamus Begley and Jim Murray and  with special performances by Irish comedians Barry Murphy and Bernard O Shea.

If golf or horseracing are your passions, the Dubai Irish Festival is the perfect event to experience the best golf and horseracing in the world today. For all you golfing fanatics, the Dubai Irish Festival is hosting an “ Irish Golf Day” at the Emirates Golf Club, which will be an enjoyable day of golf, on the course which will play host to Tiger Woods only one week later at the Dubai Desert Classic.

For the racing lovers, the Dubai Irish Festival are proud to announce a special event planned for you all at “Dubai Racing Carnival” in the Nad Al Sheeba Racecourse in Dubai hosted by the legendary Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh.
Festival goers can also look forward to a Gala Night at Dubai Community Theatre situated in the amazing “ Mall of the Emirates”. "Ireland in Dubai" will be a truly special night which is to be hosted by the world's finest fiddle player Frankie Gavin. Special guests Irish performers Mícheál O Súilleabháin, Anthony Kearns and Duke Special while join Frankie and his band Hibernian Rhapsody while all the stars will be accompanied by the wonderful Dubai Philarmonic Orchestra.
Visit the website to see the event schedule.

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Tuesday 04 December 2007

04/12 :  The Magic Toy Shop

   "/150px-Bosco.jpgKnock knock, open wide, see what's on the other side, Knock knock, any more, come with me through the Magic Door."

Bring back memories of the adorable Bosco?!!
Who of you go back even further (I'm really showing my age now!) and can finish this off.....

/judge.jpgRemember one, look for a safe place.
Two, dont hurry, stop and wait.

Yup, it's Judge from Wanderley Wagon and the Safe Cross code!

Well, believe it or not the Noel Lambert Puppet Theatre is here in Dubai.
From Dec 9-13, they present the "The Magic Toy Shop" at the Kilachand Studio Theatre, in DUCTAC at Mall of the Emirates. Morning performances are from 9-11 and there's one public afternoon show on Thursday 13th December at 4pm.
Tickets cost 65 dh and are available at the DUCTAC Box Office. 043414777


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Friday 30 November 2007

30/11 :  Craic agus Ceol

   A Céilí with plenty of craic agus ceol was the Dubai Irish Society’s first social event of the year. Held in the beautiful grounds of the Le Meriden Mina Seyahi overlooking the gulf and the Palm Jumeirah, there were over 200 guests in attendance.

We were very proud to welcome our Ambassador Tom Russell who was greeted by our lovely Dubai Rose Aileen McCarthy and the Chairman of the Dubai Irish Society Brian King. Guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet of local Arabic dishes while Abu Dhabi group Inis Oir entertained us with uplifting melodic tunes that soon had guests kicking up their heels and dancing. Our caller for the evening was Olive Clancy who ensured that there were both new and old faces on the dance floor even if they were not quite Riverdance material!! We were also treated to an amazing set by the Siobhán Killalea School of Dance who showed us all how a reel should be performed.

Spot prizes were given to guests who were really put to the test with some comical tasks. One gent put Michael Flatley to shame as he was seen giving us a 360 degree on the dance floor, having succeeded in the quest to find and wear two different pairs of ladies stilettos. Thanks goes to our sponsors for the evening - Emirates Airline, Dubai Festival City, Maria Dowling Hair Salon, Patsy Collins Hair Beauty Nails, Dante restaurant and The Dhow restaurant at the Le Meridian Mina Seyahi. The most sought after prize, two Emirates Airline tickets to anywhere on their route network, was won by David Hanley, Chairman of the Dubai Celts.

All proceeds from the Céilí went to Breast Cancer and with 10,000 AED raised, we would like to thank all who bought raffle tickets and attended this event.

A special thank you to Erin O Neill for her great organization and to the entire committee, who made this event so special. The evening was a huge success and the beginning of many more gatherings like it for the future.

Posted by Sinead O'Donovan

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Tuesday 27 November 2007

27/11 :  Looking for Christmas presents?

   Why not check these Irish Charities?

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Tuesday 20 November 2007

20/11 :  Jacqui Leeman Art Exhibition

Following the success of last year's event, Jacqui Leeman will hold an art exhibition in the Rainbow Room at the Aviation Club on November 26th, 7:30pm onwards.
Jacqui has been in Dubai for almost 14 years, having left home in Ireland in 1994.  Her work includes pieces using chalk pastels, water colours, oil and acrylics on canvas.  Some are abstracts of Dubai scenes, mixing the old with the new modern designs that are embracing Dubai's skyline.  Her new range features vibrant retro styled colour mixes, enough to brighten up any home.
Click here to view the exhibition flyer.

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Thursday 01 November 2007

01/11 :  In Vivo

   On November 15th, In Vivo - The Creek Series, Reflections on the Heart of the City,/littlevenice.jpg an exhibition of paintings by Dubliner Niamh Cunningham will be opened by the Ambassador Tom Russell at a reception hosted by the Art Attack gallery off Al Wasl Road from 7:30-10:30pm. The exhibition will run until November 27th. Click here for more details. 
Niamh believes that Dubai Creek is an affirmative symbol of life, /liquidescenttwilight.jpgwith its chugging abras and dhows, the sense of destination and the joining of people and places. She has previously exhibited in Tokyo and Dublin, and has participated in public art projects in Dubai such as the Arabian Horse Project and the Flight of the Falcons. Her influences include Leon Kossof, David Bomberg, Frank Auerbach for their use of impasto oils and approach to observation and response.

Read the review below by Val Kwann, Exhibitions Director of Dubai International Art Centre DIAC.

/birdwatchers.jpgIt sometimes happens that the artist’s creative bud, that inner self that makes necessity of art, stays closed, swelling only slowly, well into a mature life. It’s was always there of course, from that moment of childhood awareness when the language of the visual made sudden sense and was wonderful. Life’s distractions merely tidied it away. In Niamh Cunningham’s case the full blown artist flowers as a remarkable product of Dubai.

/merrygoroundabra.jpgA new life, a new world and the shock of so many  cultures and energies all melding into one- who among us did not feel that kick when first we walked out of the airport door? The result, for this exceptional talent, is that the bud is opened and flowering fully now for the first time in an independent exhibition, with a remarkable collection of works that take us to the heart of the city’s life, to its physical beginning and its constant centre, on the Creek side.

The exhibition, entitled “In Vivo”, (meaning the study of something within a living organism) takes us down to the water, to water level, our feet are almost wet, amid the scurrying abras, the wheeling birds and the milling, jostling crowds. It focuses our attention on the textures, colours, lights and darks of this ever changing energy. We see the whole, the unstoppable, the thing that Dubai is, and always has been. The pictures are full of detail and movement, thickly encrusted with paint, encrusted with the streets, the crowds, the smells and the sounds of Deira-side. Worker, tourist, Indian, Arab, brown skin and white, movement and stillness, hurry and calm, a thousand languages the life force of a uniquely simulating place simmers in this work. Niamh Cunningham gives us a moment amid the rush and hurry to really see, as she does, the many lives and the one, the day-dreams and the reality. She takes the water of Dubai and lets it stream through the life-force of her work, so that we may share the pleasure and understand the truth of her artist’s fully open eye.

Click here for a location map

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Sunday 28 October 2007
Sunday 21 October 2007

21/10 :  Join the Irish Society 2007/8

   /join_DIS_small.jpgClick here to download the membership application form. Membership of the Dubai Irish Society is 150dh for families or 100 Dh for singles and can be paid at any of our events. Alternatively, the completed membership form can be posted with a cheque/cash to our Membership Secretary Erin O' Neill, PO Box 24833, Dubai.

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Saturday 20 October 2007

20/10 :  The Year of the Hiker

   /hikersmall.jpgOn November 1, 2007, the Abu Dhabi Irish Society proudly present one of Ireland's most successful amateur theatre groups, Killorglin Players, in their production of John B. Keane's "The Year of the Hiker" at the Club in Abu Dhabi.

Tickets are on sale from the Irish Society President, Tadhg Flahive at 050 317 3175 or directly from The Club (02 673 1111).

Tickets cost either 160 Dirhams including a superb dinner with wine and the play, or 60 Dirhams just for the play.

Doors open 7:45 pm. Dinner is at 8:00 sharp, and the curtain goes up at 9:15 pm. The play will be followed by music by our own Inis Oirr, a talented group of local traditional musicians.

Read more about the event here

Sunday 16 September 2007

16/09 :  Children's GAA Training

Childrens GAA training in Gaelic Football and Hurling will re-commence September 22nd from 4pm - 5.30pm (Saturday Week) at the same location as last year, Dubai Exiles Grounds pitch 4.  For anyone who does not know where that is please follow this link for a location map.

Finally, as last year, we would like to remind everyone that your childs safety is ultimately your responsibility.  For those who want to take part in the hurling training we ha/kids_gaa.gifve advised you in the past to purchase suitably fitting helmets when you were at home during the Summer.  Hopefullly these have been bought and everyone will bring them to training.  I do not think that there are any available from the club as they have only purchased adult sizes.  We do still have some kit available for those who wish to purchase it and will bring it to the first training session.

Hopefully everyone has had a great Summer break and is now well and truly settled back into Dubai and ready for all that the following months will bring.  Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested in playing or forward their contact details to us here.

Declan O'Donovan
Paul McCabe

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Monday 18 June 2007

18/06 :  Aileen McCarthy crowned Rose

A packed Dusit Dubai saw Maria Curtin, Rose of Dubai 2006, hand over the title to this year's Rose of Dubai, Aileen McCarthy. 

Aileen, who hails from Ovens in Co. Cork, is a Business Studies graduate from Cork Institute of Technology and now works in property asset management for IFA Hotels & Resorts, Dubai. Clocking up the hours towards her private pilot's licence, Aileen also enjoys the wide range of watersports that Dubai has to offer. Taking time out of the busy property scene in Dubai, she was recently seen driving a Nissan Armada laden with blankets and clothing to Oman, to help out those affected by the recent cyclone.

Aileen will now represent Dubai at the 48th Rose of Tralee international festival, August 17-21. You go girl!

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Friday 01 June 2007

01/06 :  Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer

   June sees the arrival in Dubai and Abu Dhabi of a multi award winning one man show starring acclaimed actor Aidan Dooley. Following totally sold out tours of Ireland and the USA, including a sold out two week run at the prestigious Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork, this riveting production features Aidan in the title role as Tom Crean and is being brought to Dubai by Streetwise Theatre. /tomcrean.jpg ..... and Dubai Irish Society have tickets to raffle for its watch this space!!

With ticket prices for the show in New York costing over $60, Dhs125 is a bargain for a performance of this stature. Recipient of a “Fringe First” award at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival, Best Solo Show award at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Sunday Times' Best Solo Show Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and nominations for Best Actor at the Dublin Fringe Festival and Best Solo Show at the Boston Theatre Critics' Eliot Norton Awards – this production is definitely not to be missed!! 

During Captain Scott’s fateful race, with Roald Amundsen, to the South Pole, Tom Crean embarked on a life threatening solitary 36 mile journey to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly. It has been described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”. He was subsequently awarded the Albert medal for his bravery. If you have never heard of Crean, it is because he was an ordinary sailor, not an officer, and because as he ruefully puts it: "It's my own fault. I never kept a diary." This remarkable tale is brought to life by Aidan in a performance you will never forget.

“A remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing” - Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent Dublin

“This magnetic revelation of a fascinating character, simply compels a standing ovation”
Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times Dublin

“Crean lived and did more than survive – he triumphed, and Dooley’s performance is no less than a triumph.”
Susan Conley, Sunday Tribune Dublin

“Aidan Dooley gives a compelling solo performance in this ripping good yarn about real-life adventurer Tom Crean . . . the charismatic Dooley recounts the riveting tale of an ordinary man who showed extraordinary courage.” - Robert Dominquez , New York Daily News
 For more reviews, please click here

Tue 19th -Thu 21st June - 8.30pm - Dhs 125 or  800-4669
Streetwise Website: or 050-6526920

Sat 23rd June - 8.30pm - Dhs 125
DUCTAC Box Office direct on 04-3414777
Seating is limited for this venue (150 seats only) so don’t delay!!  

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Sunday 29 April 2007

29/04 :  Rose of Tralee Ball

May is traditionally bloom time and everything is coming up roses for Dubai Irish Society! Our 14th annual Rose of Dubai Ball is on May 18th in ‘The Dusit Dubai’ Hotel and this year promises to be better than ever!  Indeed all roads lead from Ireland to Dubai this year!
Our compère for the Rose Ball is Ireland’s well known RTE 2FM D.J, Dusty Rhodes, presenter of award winning radio show hits like ‘the Hotline’ & ‘beat on the street’ which broke the 100,000 listener mark for the first time ever! Dusty is also the genesis behind the hit PPI radio award winning show ‘The Craic’, produced exclusively for Irish Ex-Pats abroad by his company, Digital Audio Productions.

Mariia Curtin, the Dubai RoseWe are also lucky to have over for the first time; Anthony O’Gara, M.D of ‘The Rose of Tralee’ and his lovely wife Oonagh. Anthony, a highly successful management consultant, formerly of The Kerry Group, has been managing director of the ‘Rose of Tralee’ Festival for the past three years and has turned the event into a huge success!

 Abu Dhabi Irish Society members will also join us to support their two roses, so the ‘craic’ will be mighty!Lots of entertainment, live radio feeds and the roses in full bloom, what more could you ask for?

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