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New resident’s passion to share Gaelic games
Golden Bay mother Christina Fahy and her daughter, Gulie-Ann, 6, have fun playing Gaelic Football.

For Golden Bay mother Christina Fahy, Gaelic Football is more than just a sport, it is a way of life and she plans to introduce the sport to the Peel community.

After joining the ever-growing Irish ranks in WA, Mrs Fahy, who hails from Galway on Ireland’s west coast, said she wanted to bring the sport she loved to Australia.

‘‘We came over to give ourselves a better life and being over here I wanted to play Gaelic because it is a big passion of mine from back home and I have started playing for Southern Districts—what I really want is to get the children involved,’’ she said.

Mrs Fahy said her daughter Gulie-Ann played Gaelic in Canning Vale but the constant travelling gave her the idea to start a new club in the Peel region.

‘‘I have met a lot of Irish in the area and I know they won’t go up to Canning Vale so that is why I thought I should open it up here,’’ she said.

Mrs Fahy, who coached back in Ireland, is taking part in a free community coach training program in Mandurah to scrub up on her skills and gain the qualifications she needs to set up the club.

‘‘The course will refresh my memory and help me to work on my technique and game-planning skills,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m looking forward to meeting new people and seeing who would be interested in helping me with Gaelic - parents can get involved.’’

Active After School Communities Regional Coordinator Alisha Williams said the course was available for both beginner and established coaches of any sport.

‘‘After completion, participants are able to become involved as community coaches in the AASC program, delivering free sport and structured physical activities to children from around their local area,’’ she said.

The course is being held at Coodanup Community Centre on Sunday, September 23 from 8.30am to 3pm.

For more information call 0437 700 421.

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