About us

We are Wellington/Hutt Valley Gaelic Football & Hurling Association New Zealand – the home of Gaelic games in the world’s southern-most capital city. We are a relatively small club with around 100 players and members, with competitive teams lining out across the four codes of women's football, men's football, camogie, and hurling.

Our teams and players compete in local and national competitions in New Zealand, and, being a member of the Australasia Gaelic Football and Hurling Association, we regularly travel to compete at trans-Tasman games (COVID permitting) such as the Australasian State Games and the Melbourne Pearse’s Sevens.

We have a thriving social Gaelic football and hurling season. It’s one of the most popular social summer sports in Wellington which see Kiwis, many other nationalities, and Irish people wishing to rekindle their love with their national pastime, playing in a social environment. These social games certainly contribute to our club’s vibrant social scene. We host some great events throughout the season from race nights and beach tournaments, to running relay marathons and hosting mock weddings.

Our club is steeped in history. Gaelic games have been played in New Zealand since the 1800s. In Wellington, the earliest recorded mention of hurling dates back to a New Year’s Day game in 1891. 130 years on, we’re still playing Ireland's beloved games in Wellington.

So, fáilte, haere mai, welcome to Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA. We hope you enjoy your time with us. 

Wellington/Hutt Valley GFHA’s growth is led by our committee members and coaches 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.
Davey Rynne
Vice President Trevor Mangan
Trevor Mangan
Vice President
Jenny Downey
Kerry Gourlay
Vice Secretary
Damien Farrelly
Eilís Ní Chaiside
Public Relations Officer
Mairéad Bogue
Social Media Officer
Stephen 'Scooby' Coleman
Tournaments Manager
Heather Williamson
Events Manager
Social Games Officer
Ronan O'Malley
Social Games Officer
Siobhán Cotter
Youth Development Officer
Eilís Ní Chaiside
Camogie coach
Heather Williamson
Camogie coach
Keith Cleere
Hurling coach
Ronan O'Malley
Women's football coach
John McCabe
Men's football coach
Kate Coyle
Kit Manager
Éiméar Rodden
Membership Protection Officer
Davey Rynne
GFHA Australasia Council Vice President