2021 marks the 130-year anniversary of the first recorded account of Gaelic games in Wellington and we can’t wait to celebrate this milestone on Saturday 12 June.

Ever since the first Irish person arrived on these shores, Gaelic games weren’t far behind. All throughout New Zealand, from Auckland to Dunedin, early newspaper articles describe games of Gaelic football and hurling drawing large crowds of spectators to view and participate in our national pastimes.

Here in Wellington, the earliest recorded mention of the ancient sport of hurling dates back to a St Patrick’s Day game in March 1891, a full 130 years ago.

The love of Gaelic games and the sense of community that it fosters continues unabated to this day as can be seen every week where 200+ players gather to play and socialise over a BBQ and beer.

Memories & stories

We would love to gather stories and memories that you have of playing Gaelic games in Wellington and the Hutt Valley throughout the years,

Whether it’s a small anecdote or memories of people long gone, we’d love the opportunity to catalogue them to share with our current and future players.

You can share your memories in this quick survey.

12 June 2021

To celebrate the achievements of everyone who has made Gaelic games a success in the capital over the decades, Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA together with the Hutt Valley Irish society are hosting a celebration day on Saturday 12 June.

First up is a set of Gaelic games at Awakāirangi Park (Upper Hutt). Our good friends, the Canterbury hurling team, will challenge our recently crowned NZ champion hurlers. We’ll also stage a past vs present men’s football match, and a women’s football game.

Then it’s back to the Hutt Valley Irish Society to continue the 130-year celebrations. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and Facebook event page, and newsletter for more information.

Getting in touch

We’d love to hear from you with any ideas or memories that you’d like to share with us. You can contact us at 130@wellingtongaa.com.