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O'Sullivan relishing another Asian Gaelic Games weekend

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By Cian OConnell

Just over a decade ago John Alan OSullivan was in Croke Park winning an AIB All Ireland Junior Football Championship with St Marys, Caherciveen.

That OSullivan was chairperson of the club at that time merely added to the sense of satisfaction at GAA headquarters.

OSullivan remains as passionate as ever about Gaelic Games with another busy weekend ahead for the Asian County Board. As Asian GAA chairperson OSullivan continues his involvement, and it has been a worthwhile journey.

My own club is St Mary's, Caherciveen so I played with Maurice Fitzgerald and Bryan Sheehan until I left, OSullivan recalls.

When I was 27 years old I came back from Australia, I took over as chairperson of St Mary's for five years. That was a bit of a roller coaster.

We won the All-Ireland Junior Club final in 2011, beating Swanlinbar from Cavan.

It wasnt OSullivans only role. I was playing wing back that day, I was wing back and chairperson, he laughs.

Then I came out to Asia, I got involved in Hong Kong as secretary. I could see the passion was there, I was asked to get involved as secretary of the Asian County Board, I was secretary for two years.

Joe Trolan stepped down after his term and the board members asked me would I take over. This is my fourth year, next year will be my fifth year, we have implemented the five year rule.

Challenges have been embraced, but OSullivan stresses the importance of involving others. I have been very lucky, he adds. One thing I learned when I was chairperson of my own club back home in Kerry was when my mom told me that a chairperson is only as good as their secretary and it is all about delegation.

If you try to do all the stuff on your own it is very lonely at the top. I've been lucky to have very good lieutenants in the County Board, Joe Trolan and Emily Ward, who is from Japan, with no connection to Ireland at all. She got involved with Japan GAA.




Cathal Cregg, Connacht GAA games manager, speaking at the 2018 Asian Games.

Cathal Cregg, Connacht GAA games manager, speaking at the 2018 Asian Games.

Derek Cahill is from the Cuala club in Dublin, and he is like the Daddy of Singapore GAA. We have Cian Hulme as a PRO - I'm happy to delegate, that is the key to getting stuff done - when to take stuff on and when not to take stuff on. That is one thing I learned in my own club St Mary's when you have field committees, lotto committees, underage, fundraising.

OSullivan is well versed in trying to stitch different things together. So the fact that the Asian Games tournament returns this weekend is most welcome.

At the moment we are working at a 50 per cent capacity, OSullivan explains. Due to the fact, as is well documented in the news, you have restrictions in China so China clubs cannot travel. In Hong Kong restrictions were only lifted in the last few weeks, but it was too late.

So we are missing clubs from Japan, China, and Hong Kong - that is a good chunk of the people that do attend. Normally we would get up to 800 people, I'd say this weekend we will have around 400.

Significant work has taken place in Kuala Lumpur and OSullivan acknowledges those who will make the event a success. One of the main organisers in the club is a guy called Pat Gorham, he is from Belmullet, OSullivan says. He is the main organiser from a Kuala Lumpur perspective. He received a Gradam an Uachtarn in 2019 from John Horan, he has worked on previous Asian Games.

He is a very dedicated person to the Association. He owns a company in Kuala Lumpur, he gets a lot of his employees involved on the day in terms of logistics.

We host it at the Polo Grounds in Kuala Lumpur, they have four pitches 100 x 50 metres, so that is the set up for the day.

Plenty of assistance is provided. From an Asian County Board perspective we have a games co-ordinator, who is also our development officer and former chairperson, a very proud Derryman Joe Trolan, OSullivan states. He works with whoever the contact in the host club is to make sure all of the logistics in terms of the grading of teams, working out the financial logistics.

There is a lot of logistics involved, especially co-ordinating with so many clubs in so many regions and different countries.

Such a willingness to include various communities is critical in the long term according to OSullivan. It is very vibrant, it is a tournament like no other, he says. I've been lucky enough to play Gaelic Football around the world - Paris, New York, Boston, Melbourne, I played in the State Games in 2006, but this thing blows you away.

When you see the diversity of players from different regions and different countries. Cambodia are a decent enough outfit. It isn't just Irish that are playing, you have a lot of locals.




Members of the Orang Éire GAA club in Kuala Lumpur.

Members of the Orang ire GAA club in Kuala Lumpur.

OSullivan is adamant about this approach. We try to be inclusive, he adds. We aren't here to just support Irish emigrants leaving Ireland, we are here to grow the games.

We try to reach out to the grassroots. In Singapore they are teaching Gaelic Football and hurling in the schools, in some of the regions in Hong Kong they have underage training, and in Korea too. That is one thing that stood out in 2019 when John Horan attended, he watched more of the junior level games.

Traditionally the senior games are practically all Irish lads - county senior championship level players, maybe intermediate level, back home. John Horan was more interested in the junior level games because it was more inclusive in terms of the local people being involved.

We have a very diverse bunch, we try to grow the game amongst the community - not just the Irish community. It is very vibrant. Next year marks the 25th year of the Asian Games and hopefully we will be back to the full amount of clubs to have 800 or 900 people.

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Alex Sanmartin Costa brings Gaelic football to refugees

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Value of sport underlined for Cooney

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Resources available for clubs organising AGMs

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Read the latest Club Newsletter - November 2022

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The November edition of the GAA Club Newsletter is now available.This month's edition includes the following:The November 2022 edition of the GAA Club Newsletter can be viewed and downloaded below.
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