And the 2017/18 committee are…
Name: Stephen Twomey
Bio: Originating from County Cork, Stephen Twomey aka “The Bellies” came to Dubai in August 2014. A GAA man at heart, he says that joining the Celts helped him to settle in to desert life. His home club is Nemo Rangers and his favorite position ‘was’ full back as it suited his ‘style’ of play. Captaining the victorious Senior B team in Al- Ain that beat the Dubai Celts Senior A team will live long in Dubai Celts history books.
Stephen acted as vice-chairman in 2015 and was heavily involved in all club activities. He has now taken the reigns as Chairman for his second term and looks forward to an exciting year ahead with the new committee.
Name: James Fox
Bio: Originally from Co. Cork, James Fox, also known as 'The Border' has been involved in GAA both at home in his native Kildorrery and in London. He joined Dubai Celts in 2015 and is the first and only player in Middle East history to receive a straight red card! His first love is hurling and served as Hurling Officer last year before stepping up to Vice Chairman to join his fellow Cork man 'Bellies' to restore the natural hierarchy of the GAA!! He aims to keep the current trend of Non Irish playing our national games continue in the club and for more to take up hurling. He looks forward to the year ahead and the success of the Celts in the ME League and Championship.
Name: Oisin Dunbar
Bio: Originally from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, I am a Primary School Teacher working in International Concept for Education, (ICE School) in Meydan , Dubai. I graduated from Froebel College of Education, (Now Maynooth University) in 2014 and moved over to Dubai in August 2015. I am heading into my third season with Dubai Celts, having joined the Dubai Celts as soon as I arrived. Like so many others the GAA in the Middle East has proved to be up there with the highlights of my time in the UAE. I am thoroughly enjoying my role on the committee so far and I look forward to the coming season.
Position: One half of the PRO
Name: Ciara Nolan
Bio: Ciara originates from Co. Wexford and hadn’t picked up a hurl in over 10 years before she moved to Dubai in 2015. Her GAA skills wouldn’t be top of range much to the annoyance of her boyfriend (and trainer) Colin. Her biggest achievements so far are catching a ball in the air in a match and “rising it” in the full back line to clear a ball. Her biggest compliment to date came from the other Camogie Trainer Jody Harkin when after a match he was giving the girls compliments about their strengths on the pitch, when he got to Ciara he had nothing to say bar “You’re great crack tho!!!!” As a result of this she is great for helping the newbies and players who have never played before fit right in without feeling self conscious and, of course, organising the “bonding sessions”. Ciara really enjoys being part of the club and says that without the club her move to Dubai wouldn’t have been so easy. She stepped up to mark of PRO this year after helping out last year at the Dubai tournament and realising that Mick & Bellies hadn’t ordered any ice or enough water... for safety reasons she felt the need to be part of the committee ;)
Name: Lisa O' Donohue
Bio: A Galway girl at heart, I graduated from Dublin City University with a BA in Communications Studies in 2014 and lived in London for a year and a half after that, working on film sets and alongside a Casting Director. I moved to Dubai on New Years Eve 2015 and joined the Dubai Celts the following September. Although I had never picked up a ball prior to this, the Junior Ladies were incredibly supportive and our training sessions quickly became the highlight of my week!
Since 1995, Dubai Celts GAA has been and continues to be an integral part of many of our lives. I am delighted to be part of the committee for the upcoming season. With a background in Film Production and Marketing, I am keen to utilize my creative skills for the development of the club.
Name: Liam Kelly
Bio: Liam hails from the Half Way House Bunclody club in county Wexford where he learned his trade as a wristy hurler and a footballer capable of scoring off either foot. Hurling is his main focus in the Gulf and is renowned for his speed and skill as a defender. Liams idols on the hurling field are Larry Connors (the singing goalkeeper) Colm Kehoe and his brother Niall. Liam was apart of the successful Middle East hurling team who won the World Games in 2016 in Croke Park.