Clash in the media

Clash in the media

We have welcomed a number of travel journalists and bloggers to Clash over the last few months. Thankfully they appear to have been just as enthusiastic about our games as our other 6,000 visitors to Clash so far.

In 2015 Fáilte Ireland brought two separate groups of travel bloggers and journalists out to experience what North County Dublin has to offer. Their itinerary included a tour of Malahide Castle and Gardens, lunch out in the Howth fishing village and a hands on introduction to Gaelic football, hurling, folklore and general Irish mayhem with us at Clash!

The links to the various blogs and articles are included below. Fáilte Ireland have been doing trojan work to support us and the tourism sector in Ireland and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to them for making this possible.

Lonelyplanet, Exploring the new Dublin. CLICK HERE.

Inside The Travel Lab (Award winning travel blog). '7 Unusual things to do in Dublin. CLICK HERE.

The Travel Tester, 'Do in Dublin: Discover Gaelic Games.' CLICK HERE.

Niedblog, Travel blog for German tourists. Article on Malahide Castle, Howth and Clash. CLICK HERE.

Focus-Voyage, Travel Blog for French Tourists, Article on how best to spend a day in Dublin. CLICK HERE.

You can also find many reviews on our TripAdvisor page by clicking HERE

The Big Clash Theory in New York

The Big Clash Theory in New York

Having spent a number of years teaching and lecturing Irish, I (Gar) was lucky enough to receive an invitation last June from Daltaí na Gaeilge, a group of Irish language learners based in the United States, to travel to Esopus, New York to give a number of workshops to Irish language teachers. I was also asked to give a guest lecture on the history and folklore of Gaelic games in Ireland. I jump at any chance to tell the story of Cú Chulainn and the fact that it was in New York made it all the more appealing.

Another member of the O'Driscoll brothers (there are five of us!), Rory, has been living in New York for the past three years. Arriving at lunch time on Thursday I navigated (with difficulty) my way via the subway from Kennedy airport out to his apartment in Brooklyn.  After getting stuck between my bag and a turn-style for 5 minutes I eventually found myself in Atlantic station. Unsure of which line I should be on, I asked a Hispanic looking fella who was standing nearest me. He was a well dressed young lad, with fancy hair who turned out to be from Mayo!

Friday morning I departed for Esopus which is in Ulster county outer New York and named after our own Northern Provence. The trip across the Hudson really brought home how beautiful the landscape in the US really is and how undersold it is. I would never have associated New York with incredible nature and scenery but as you drive up towards the Catskills and see the dynamite scarred rockface either side of the road, you realise that there is far more to this state than Times Square. I was informed of the history and geography of the region by the very knowledgeable Eibhlín. Eibhlín is first generation Irish and grew up in Queens, she decided many years ago that she would like to learn to speak Irish and so began her connection with Daltaí na Gaeilge. Eibhlín is a truly remarkable lady, having gained complete fluency and proficiency in Irish she then began to teach the language to willing learners in various Universities around New York.

Arriving at the, -12, snow covered, Marist Brothers retreat centre at Esopus, I was given a warm and truly Irish welcome by the members of Daltaí na Gaeilge. The organisation have been coming to the retreat centre for over thirty years and the familiarity between the locals and the Irish enthusiasts was clear when we sat down to dinner on Friday evening.

The weekend was opened by Liam Guidry, who welcomed the 100 odd visitors who were present. The canteen was a hub of activity and socialising for the weekend, Barrys tea, coffee, wine, beer and plenty of home baked treats were consumed here as students practised the Irish learned in class in an informal setting. The Saturday night 'Seisiún' and Céilí was perhaps the highlight of the weekend expertly overseen by Noel from the Peoples Republic of Cork and Pádraig. The workshops continued on until Monday morning after which I departed Esopus for Brooklyn.  Having travelled over expecting to share my experience and knowledge of Irish culture with enthusiastic Irish-Americans I found myself learning about a vibrant strand of Irish culture thriving and growing on the other side of the Atlantic.

Daltaí na Gaeilge is a not for profit organisation who arrange immersion weekends and courses for Irish language learners. They can be found on Facebook (here) and at www.daltai.com

 

Míle buíochas do gach aon duine a chur fearadh na fáilte romham, go maire sibh ar fad aois Choilm De Bhailís!

 

 

Clash 2016

Clash 2016

A whack across the hand from a hurley stick on a cold, wet winters day is possibly one of the most authentic Irish experiences you can get! This doesn't seem to appeal to visitors though and as a result, winter time is usually our quiet season at Clash. With the lack of hurling and football being played we turned our attention over the last four months to planning for 2016. 

The past two and a bit years we have welcomed over 6,000 visitors to our venue in Portmarnock and introduced guests from over 40 countries to our National games: Gaelic football and hurling. From reluctant farewells to inspiring reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook, the feedback we have received to date has been so encouraging that we decided to put our heads together and plan bigger and bolder for 2016.

What's new?

Branding and marketing

Reading this means you've probably seen our new website, with the help of Eamonn O'Sullivan from Anchor Studio we've made a number of changes to our brand and we're pretty happy with the results. Along with changing our logo and developing our website Eamonn has designed a new style for our marketing materials which include our brochures, posters, flyers and business cards. With the help of Peter Salisbury from FotoEire, we have also developed a couple of marketing videos (youtube link here). We are working closely with Peter on another project now that we're really excited about and hopefully the results of this will be seen in a couple of months.

 

Corporate

2015 saw Clash take a number of corporate clients for the first time. The success of this experience and feedback from our clients was so positive we decided to devise a unique Gaelic games based, corporate team-building and leaderships workshop. Taking the best of our Clash skill competitions and adding in some bizarre team-building challenges we have masterminded the ultimate fun, team-building activity for corporate clients with a uniquely Irish twist. We're really excited about developing this in 2016 and our promo video can be seen here.

Daytripper

Over the last two summers we have received a number of requests from independent travellers, couples and families looking to take part in our Gaelic games experience. Where possible we have tried to accommodate these but because we primarily deal with groups, this hasn't always been possible. In summer 2016 we are launching our Clash Daytripper. Independent travellers and small groups will be able to book in advance a place on our Daytripper events. Visitors will get on board our bus which will depart from St. Stephen's Green and travel out along the coast to our venue in Portmarnock. Our guests will be given the full Clash experience along with the chance to see Dublin's beautiful coastline and make friends with other travellers while having the craic at the same time.

Our goal

Since 2013 we have tried to ensure that each year we have become better at what we do. This has been remarked upon by all of our returning groups who have seen us develop the Clash experience over the last three years. We are really looking forward to welcoming both returning and new friends in 2016 so they can experience our unique activity and all our improvements for themselves.