While Ireland gets completely taken over by Gaelic games from the summer until September, our national sports are not very well known beyond these shores or outside Irish diaspora circles. When people abroad do get a glimpse of them, especially hurling, their reactions always seem to follow a certain trend, as was seen lately when hurling was shown on a Canadian sports channel.

A new Irish organization is taking advantage of this fascination with the games by allowing visitors to Ireland to get right into the middle of the action. Clash Gaelic Games School provides training in Gaelic games for people that may not have access to a club, e.g. language school groups, stag parties, adults wanting to brush off their skills, etc. They can facilitate anyone from a complete beginner to somebody that plays at the highest elite level.

Clash Gaelic Games School

Gareth, Neil & Cillian O’Driscoll, founders of Clash Gaelic Games School

Lensmen had a great time when we went out to the Clash Gaelic Games School in Portmarnock to take some promotional shots of one of their lessons. We met the O’Driscoll brothers, whose passion for sports and GAA in particular was the inspiration behind the school. The coaching session we were present for involved a group of adults, all Swiss media personnel that had been booked in for an introductory training session.

Clash Gaelic Games School

Brendan King, Brigitte Walker, Marco Ernwein, Christian Schwad, Gareth O’Driscoll, Neil O’Driscoll, Cillian O’Driscoll, Tour guide

As you can see from the photos, the group had a great time learning how to handle a hurley and how to solo a football. The helmets were probably a welcome protection for them all when the sliotars started flying at them. This man in particular seemed very taken with his head gear.

Clash Gaelic Games School

Selfie in a helmet.

Lensmen are always happy to cover sporting events, whether through stills photography or video, so if you have an upcoming event you would like to have recorded, get in touch on info@lensmen.ie to tell us about it. We’re also available for more sedate promotional events or visits by VIPs, so don’t hesitate if you need a no obligation quote to help budget for your event.