Congratulations to the Shelmalier team who won the 9 a side competition in Barcelona defeating Portabello from Dublin in the Final.
This is the first time that the Club has ventured overseas to help in the Promotion of Ladies Gaelic Football and great fun was had by all who travelled. Barcelona is a faboulous city to visit with its Unique Architectural Style devised maily from Gaudi. There was lots to do and see in this city with the hop on hop off bus proving a great sucess.
The Club was invitied to attend this event and become part of the El Feile Festival which runs for the Month of March. This festival incorporates all that is good about Irish heritage and culture and intertwines many events during this period. we were there for the inagural Currack racing which took place in the fantastic Catalonia port area under the watchfull eye of the Christopher Colombus Statue.
It was great to see natvie Catalonia's playing on the Barcelona team.The Barcelona team was made up of Spainish nationals with no irish girls at all involved. We have invited them over to Ireland so hopefully they will take up the invitation and visit us soon.
We would like to thank everyone who travelled both past and present players, and supporters and also the guest players who travelled with us.The weather was a bonus hitting temps of 24 degrees.
Such was the sucess of this trip that we are now looking at options for next year with the Dubai international Sevens Competition being mentioned as a fore runner.
If anyone is intersersted in visiting Barcelona we would recommend the Catalonia Port Hotel for accomodation they were exceptionally helpful and friendly and the Hotel was brilliant. It's located just off the Famous las Rambles street and is very central to all activities.
Also when you are there, there are a couple of nice resturants to look out for – Marmalede, Milk and Flaherty's Bar. For the best smoothies in Barcelona you need to go to Smootie Republic in the square just near the Government Buildings.
All in all a fantastic break was had by all.