The Gathering: Wild Geese at In Humbert’s Footsteps

County Mayo welcomed French troops at the weekend when the In Humbert’s Footsteps battle re-enactment took place. On Sunday 18th August we watched as Castlebar was overtaken with a re-enactment of the famous 1798 battle.

As part of The Gathering, In Humbert’s Footsteps not only brought history to life, but the event served as a reminder of the impact Ireland’s history has had on the world, as well as the country itself. Wild Geese have come back to Ireland, realising the dream of Patrick Sarsfield and his followers and proving that they play a very important role in the county’s future.

We were very proud to support the Victory Concert, as it was a chance to meet with Irish dignitaries, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and celebrate the Irish experience today.

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Protege International Chairman Mr Andre Levy with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, celebrating the Irish experience


Two battle re-enactors raising a glass of Wild Geese to the strong Irish-Franco relationship that still exists today

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The Gathering 2013: In Humbert’s Footsteps

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We’re very proud to be supporting In Humbert’s Footsteps festivities in Co. Mayo, Ireland.

As part of The Gathering, Co. Mayo are recreating the invasion lead by General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert in 1798, who joined with Irish rebels to free Ireland. He landed in Killala and fought his way to Castlebar, where we will be sponsoring a Victory Concert that brings all sides together to celebrate this moment in history, which follows a huge battle re-enactment of the Battle of Castlebar.

In Humbert’s Footsteps marks an important point in the Irish-Franco relationship. Back in 1691 when The Wild Geese left Ireland, their first destination was France. Many entered military service and would later plan their own invasion of Ireland under Napoleon Bonaparte. Although this was not to be, their courage and skill were recognised and celebrated. This relationship continues to this day and we’re very happy to a part of commemorating it.

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Travel Retail’s Wild Geese: Garrett Coogan

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The Wild Geese Texas Championship: MVPs




Dallas MVPs


Colm Smyth

Colm Smyth, Fionn Mac Cumhaills Dallas hails from Abbeylara, Co Longford. Colm has represented his club and a county at all levels to Under -21 as well as representing Dublin City University in Inter-University Competition. Colm’s favoured position is half forward but he plays mid field for Fionn MacCumhaills where he is noted for his high fielding and accurate kicking.

Ciaran Doogan

Born and raised in Dublin, Ciaran attended Bishop Galvin primary school and Templeogue College secondary school. His parish and local GAA club is St. Jude’s, in Templeogue on the south side of the city. Despite the fact that Gaelic football was by far the biggest sport in our Parish, I never actually played it at any organized level while growing up. Mostly Ciaranplayed soccer and a little bit of hurling in primary school. At 15 years of age he joined Dundrum South Dublin Athletic club, and discovered what was ultimately his main sport, distance running. Ciaran went on to win two All Ireland U/18 titles, one in cross-country and one in the 1,500 meters. He then earned an athletic scholarship to Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Later, he transferred to UT-Arlington, where I won two Southland Conference Titles in the 5,000 meters. As soon as the GAA club started in Dallas, I knew I wanted to involve myself, even though I had a limited background in the sport. It’s a great group of players. I greatly enjoy the matches and training, and try to learn from the lads with much more experience than myself. My favorite position is really anywhere in the forward line – half or full forward. It has been wonderful to see the growth of the club and the games in Texas.

Travel Retail’s Wild Geese: Russell Deaney

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The Wild Geese Texas Championship: MVPs

The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes celebrates Men of Action. Those individuals who, like the original Wild Geese, show a fighting spirit, courage and commitment. Just as these MVPs from The Wild Geese Texas Championship have shown on the field.

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The Wild Geese Texas Championship: Dallas Fionn MacCumhaill’s GAA

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Dallas Fionn MacCumhaill’s GAA

The only Gaelic sports club in North Texas, Dallas Fionn MacCumhaill’s (Finn McCools) is a vibrant and rapidly growing sports and social club catering for all men and women interested in fun active sports and a lively social life! Their mission is to build the foundation for an open and inclusive member focused sports and social club, promoting Gaelic games and a lifelong community in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Dallas Fionn MacCumhaill’s has a men’s and a women’s Gaelic football team both of which compete in the Wild Geese Texas Development League. In 2012 Dallas travelled to Philadelphia for the National Championships and narrowly lost out on the divisional title losing only by one point with the last kick of the game. However this was an immense showing from a young team who is only getting stronger and growing into a force in Texas GAA.

The Wild Geese Texas Championship: Houston Fenians

3. Houston Fenians


Houston Fenians

Houston Fenians Gaelic Athletic Club is the most recent additional to the Wild Geese Texas Development League founded in October 2011. Since that time the club has grown fast and boasts over 50 players on its roster. The club plays homage to its local roots by wearing navy jerseys with red and white trim similar to the Houston Texans NFL team and also sports a derrick in its club crest and silhouetted into the background of its jersey in reference to the oil industry and the old Houston Oilers NFL team from the past.

In its first year as a fully affiliated GAA club the Houston Fenians won their first game against Dallas and made the finals of the inaugural Wild Geese Texas Development League where they narrowly lost out to a vastly more experienced team in the Austin Celtic Cowboys. 2013 has been another successful year where Houston plans to bring its team to the North American GAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio Labor Day weekend.