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Friday September 22nd 2023
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# 251 Toronto GAA on the up

Over the past few years, increasing numbers of Irish immigrants to Toronto has bolstered the Gaelic sports scene in the city and region, and coupled with solid youth programs already in place on the ground, it is no wonder that Toronto GAA is flying at present.

There are six clubs in the Toronto area – St Mikes, St Vincents, Toronto Gaels, St Pats, Durham Robert Emmets, and Brampton Roger Casements. Two other clubs also participate in the Toronto GAA  season – Ottawa, along with Buffalo Fenians who play at junior level.

Since May, the mens and ladies football leagues have been up and running at Centennial Park in the city.

Durham and St Mikes lead the way in mens senior football with last year’s league champions, St Vincents – the oldest club in Toronto – in third spot followed by Toronto Gaels, Ottawa Gaels, St Pat’s, and Brampton.

In the ladies league four teams take part and so far Durham and St Mikes look like the ones to beat.

There isn’t any hurling or camogie leagues at present but that could be rectified soon as with the large number of immigrants pouring into the city, a new hurling club has been set up and there are moves also to get Camogie off the ground.

Here to tell us all about the clubs in Toronto and how teams are going in the league, with the championship around the corner,  is Toronto GAA PRO, Roscommon native Ross McElhone.


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