About Us

We are Wellington/Hutt Valley Gaelic Football & Hurling Association. Our mission is to become New Zealand’s leading Irish cultural and sporting body and we are well on the way to achieving this goal.

Our Committee

Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA’s growth is led by our Committee members whose core focus is to:

  • Deliver team success on the field.
  • Grow Kiwi and ex-pat participation in the games and social events of the club.
  • Provide a stable financial and operational foundation for the two objectives above.


Picture of our 2020/21 Committee

Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA Committee 2020/21. Back row (L-R): John ‘Bobs’ Daly, Davey Rynne, Enda Costello, Kate McCarthy, Tiaré Verenitani, Bryan ‘Badger’ Downes. Front row (L-R): Ronan O’Malley, Denise Durkin, Damien Farrelly, Ken Lee.

Committee roles and contact information


Denise Durkin

Vice President

Enda Costello


Ken Lee


Damien Farrelly

Public Relations Officer

John ‘Bobs’ Daly

Events Manager

Ronan O’Malley

Tournament Manager

Kate McCarthy

Development/Cultural Officer

Bryan ‘Badger’ Downes

Youth Officer

David Rynne

Committee support

Tiaré Verenitani

Our Teams

Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA has teams in men’s and women’s football, hurling and camogie. We compete in the following competitions:


National Feis — seven-a-side tournament held in October each year over Labour Day weekend.

New Zealand Championships — held in March each year.

There are various other tournaments and test matches held throughout the year that Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA compete in:


Australasian Games: held in late September/early October each year. Teams from Australia and New Zealand compete against each other. This is the highlight of the 15-a-side calendar each year.

We have also sent teams to the Melbourne Pearses Sevens which is held each February. In 2020 we sent a combined Wellington/Canterbury/Queenstown team to this prestigious tournament.

Social Gaelic Football
From early November through to mid December, and again from January to March we run social mixed team leagues which has relaxed rules around ball handling and less physicality in the tackle. Intent is to make the game more accessible for those new to Gaelic Games. You can sign up for socials here.

Check out the Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA Store for some of the latest merchandise