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Winter 2012

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OVERSEAS Brian Farmer to lead the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Toronto 2013 Brian Farmer, Chairperson of the Canadian County Board, receiving a presentation from Pól Ó Gallchóir, left and Pat Quill right, at the 2012 TG4/O'Neills Ladies All-Star Tour Exhibition Game T he 2012 All-Star trip to Toronto was one of the highlights of the year as our players, management and staff acted as ambassadors for their sport and their country. The trip could not have happened without the support and efforts of a very dedicated local organising committee. One member of that committee was instrumental in ensuring a successful event and has been chosen for a very special honour. Brian Farmer is the president of the Canadian County Board and has been selected as the Grand Marshal for the Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17th, 2013. Brian was born in Armagh but arrived in Canada in 1974 where he was employed as a salesman for Powerscreen in Canada, he went on to become President of the company; a position he holds to this day and was honoured as one of the top 10 dealers worldwide for his company, Powerscreen in Las Vegas in 2004. Shortly after arriving in Canada, Brian joined St. Michael's Hurling and Football club and went on to serve on the executive committee along with playing and managing the team. In 1980 he was elected as chairman of the Toronto GAA and played a key role in bringing Gaelic Games to the famous Skydome in Toronto in 1990 and again in 1991. Along with the Toronto GAA he organised International teams for the World Cups in 1998, 2000 and 2002 in Ireland. In 1990 he was one of the founding members of the Robert Emmets GFC and has served as President of the Canadian County Board for no fewer than 22 years. He has combined his professional life with his voluntary efforts through his involvement with the Powerscreen of Canada 7-a-side tournament. Brian has received high honours in previous years as he was honoured with the GAA President's award as the overseas representative in Croke Park in 2011 where he was presented with the award by then president, Christy Cooney. The St. Patrick's day celebrations will be equally special for Brian this year as he acts as Grand Marshal for the St. Patrick's Day festival. On behalf of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Canadian County Board and the broader family of Gaelic Games we would like to congratulate Brian on his great achievements. Clann na hOman: the up and coming Ladies Football Club in the Middle East For the first time, the club will be entering 2 competitive ladies teams in the remaining fixtures of the 2012-2013 season. This is testament to the hard work being carried out by team coach and manager Sean Griffin from the Dingle club in Kerry. In January 2013, the club will host their annual home tournament in Muscat where in excess of 20 clubs will be in attendance for what will be the clubs biggest home tournament yet. C lann na hOman in the Middle East is this year celebrating its 10 year anniversary. The ladies team began competing competitively throughout the Middle East in 2009 and since then, the club has gone from strength to strength. In October of 2012, they competed in the Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur for the first time. They had some great wins but were beaten by the eventual winners at the 26 Semi-Final stage. In the first tournament of the new Middle East Ladies League format in 2012, the Clann na hOman women were convincing winners of the B competition, bringing silverware back to Muscat for the first time. This also ensured qualification to the Ladies A competition against such powerhouses as Sharjah, Dubai, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. The Clann women did the club proud being narrowly beaten by the hosts Bahrain in the Plate final of round 2 and in doing so retained their A status. The club has always taken pride in its open door policy and this is evident with the current adult teams being represented with players from Ireland, Wales, England, America, Oman, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. In the past 12 months the club has also set up Clann na hOman juvenile club where there are close to 100 members spanning across more than 20 nationalities in attendance. With the guidance from John Passmore, Alan Kelly, Marie O'Brien and Gill Galvin it is hoped that this will be the next generation of Clann na hOman.

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