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Clann na hOman
NicknamesThe Clann
SportGaelic Games
Founded2003
LeagueMiddle East GAA League
ConferenceGaelic Athletic Association and Ladies' Gaelic Football Association
Based inMuscat
LocationOman
ColorsWhite, Green and Red               
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/GAAinOman https://twitter.com/GAA_Oman https://www.instagram.com/clann_oman_gaa

Clann na hOman is a Gaelic Games club based in Muscat, the capital city of Oman.[1] As one of the clubs around the Arabian Gulf which form part of the Middle East GAA League, they compete in tournaments across the region annually with mens, ladies and social Gaelic football teams.[2]

The Clann na hOman team which competed in the Middle East GAA League in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, in February 2019.

History[edit]

Translating from the phrase Oman family in the Irish language, Clann an hOman was formed in 2003 in Muscat by a group of Irish expatriates working in Oman, offering the chance to play Gaelic Games to a wide range of nationalities, including local Omani men, women and kids. For a number of years, the club operated alongside the Muscat Magpies AFL team, providing players and Australian expatriates with the opportunity to play both codes competitively across the year.[3]

The Clann na hOman ladies team competing on home soil in Muscat, Oman.

Competitions[edit]

Clann na hOman compete annually in the Middle East GAA League, alongside teams from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Each year, they host a round of the league at The Sultan's School in Muscat, with teams from across the region travelling to compete in men's and ladies competitions. In 2016, the club achieved its first silverware at intermediate level, with its ladies team prevailing at the Dubai tournament. In the same year, the club had four of its members represent the regional Middle East teams as part of the inaugural GAA World Games, held in Abu Dhabi.

As of the 2018/19 season, both the club's ladies and men's teams compete in the intermediate league, with a total membership of approximately forty players.

Juvenile and Social Events[edit]

Alongside the adult membership, the club has also runs a juvenile team annually, encouraging children from the ages of four until twelve to develop the skills of Gaelic football each week.[4]

The Clann na hOman men's team preparing to play in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, in February 2019.

Further to the playing aspect of the club, Clann na hOman also organise a number of events and functions across the year for its members and supporters, in collaboration with sponsors and the local Oman Irish Society.

References[edit]

Clann na hOman GAA[edit]