Christmas and new year club notes

Happy new year to all from St Nicks GAA!

2018 was a roller coaster ride for the club on and off the field!. The men’s team played in the league and championship final and were edged out in both games. Despite this, it was a very enjoyable year as the men’s team played a total of 13 and winning 11 of them in league, championship and challenge games. we have continued to recruit new players and we have had our best ever year for training numbers!

2018 will be remembered as the year St Nicks developed the first ever underage Gaelic football teams for girls and boys in Bristol. Over 40 children took part in training sessions this year and the U12s took part in the club’s first ever competition!! 

Club members fitted the brand new goals on our home Pitch in St Marys and we look forward to further development in 2019.

We would also like to thank our very generous sponsors Elite financial, Miskella construction, Foresters arms and the Coach and Horses!

Congratulations to club member Nigel Farrelly and Victoria who tied the knot over the Christmas. St Nicks were well represented on the great day in Bath!

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Our new recruit in 2018 Mark Duffy who was a great addition. Also got married on the same day to his long term girlfriend. Congrats to you both!

Whats happening in January?

Training and social

Fancy getting fit and meeting new people in January? We will be starting 5km runs and circuits every 2 weeks on the Downs in Bristol, Postcode BS91FG. Starting January 13th. It is for everyone, Men and women of all abilities. Contact Dave on 07557536972 if interested or see all the dates and more information on our facebook page here.

Our mens team will have a ‘Ease back into Gaelic football training session’ on the 15th/16th of January to Prepare for our game on the 19th of January.

As most of the lads are participating in ‘Dry January’  Our next social event is Go-karting on the 23rd of February.

Matches in January 

The lads have a Challenge match on the 19th of January vs opposition from Dublin. Match is scheduled to start at 5:45 pm on 19th of January on the 4G at Lockleaze sports centre, Bonnington Walk, Bristol BS7 9XF.

We welcome new members and players of all abilities. If you would like to get involved please give us a message on our contact page.

Juvenile teams 

Youth GAA Bristol

St Nicks Youth U11s

Our Juvenile teams will resume training in March. It was a huge success last year and we will be looking to expand it even further this year! We welcome Boys and girls of ages between 6-18 years old and off all abilities. GAA is fun, a great way of meeting new people and keeps our kids fit and active. If interested please contact Paddy Miskella on 07958117030.

Club gear 

Remember our club gear is always available and can seem on our website shop,


Club Notes 10.10.2018

St Nicks men fall at Championship final hurdle

In the Gloucestershire senior championship final on Sunday our lads finished second best vs a very strong St Jude’s team. Final score was 2-7 to 1-13. A great effort by the St Nicks men who put up a great fight vs the much fancied St Jude’s side. Despite the championship final loss its been an enjoyable year for the lads.

Winter months ahead = lots of socials to look forward too.

With the football side of things finished for the year, we now turn our attention to the social side of things over the winter months… Some of the events include, Dinner Dance, 12 pubs of Christmas and much more…. keep on eye on things in the coming weeks!

Any Engineers out there???

A member of St Nicks who works in the construction industry is looking for talent personal for the following roles

Civil Engineers require for 2 year + project in Bristol.
Senior/project engineers + setting out engineer.

Various experience required with very competitive rates been offered.

Very well established RCS company withen the UK with lots of work in London and outside.

Contact –

Helps if you can play a bit of ball too!!!


Club Notes – 24-09-2018

Championship semi final result.

Ours Mens team advanced to the Gloucestershire Senior championship final after a hard fought victory over rivals Western Gaels. final score was 2-8 to 1-10. Match report to be posted soon… We now play St Judes of Bournemouth in the final on Sunday 7th of October in St Marys Old Boys RFC, time TBC..

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The St Nicks team vs WG

New head wear!

We are now stocked with Noggin Beanie hats. St Nicks are proud to join forces with Noggin Sport to promote mental health awareness through sport. Gaelic Football is a great way to clear the head, be physically active and feel part of a team, with the temperature falling and the dark nights coming in they will come in handy!

The new St Nicks beanie hats

The week ahead

We will be training Tuesday at 6:30pm in St Marys Old Boys RFC. We will also be training Thursday under lights.. Location and time TBC, check our facebook page.

Dinner Dance

St Nicks are hosting their annual dinner dance in The Bristol Hotel again this year on the 24th of November. 3 course meal, player awards, and a few raffle prizes on the night. Get in touch with us for ticket details.

We are always recruiting!!!

We always welcome new players of all abilities to St Nicks. If you have moved to the area for work or University and want to get involved with a social Gaelic football team give us a message on our website of social media pages!!


Championship Semi Final Week is upon us!!

Championship Semi Final Week

Massive week ahead for the lads as they take on rivals Western Gaels in the Gloucestershire championship semi final. The Nicks men have been awaiting this game for some time now and are looking forward to the challenge this weekend in what is a repeat of the Quarter final last year.. We came out of that game with a 2 point win, hopefully it will be another victory for the St Nicks men this time around. It will also be the first championship match in St Marys with the new Gaelic football posts.

Location: St Marys old boys RFC, BS361RY

Time and Date: 1pm Sunday 23rd of September!

Come down and support the lads!!

New players always welcome, just get in touch 🙋‍♂️


St Nicks Club Notes 18-06-2018

Youth GAA

HUGE congratulations to our youth team that played in their very first competition today in Gloucester. They played in a U11 tournament, which was no problem of a step up for a squad that is a majority of U9s. In their first game they played Cardiff, in which Cardiff won. However St Nicks took the lessons learned and went into the second game vs Finbarrs of Coventry and got their very first win as a team!Well done to all involved and inspirational coach Paddy. The future certainty looks Bright for St Nicks! 

Youth GAA Bristol

St Nicks Youth U11s

This Weeks Youth Training

Youth Training Continues Tuesday (19th June) 6:30pm at St Marys Old Boys RFC, Northwood Park, Trench Lane, Almondsbury, Bristol BS36 1RY. All Boys and girls aged 8-14 welcome. All Coaching is by fully trained coaches and has been a great success the last few weeks. Contact Paddy Miskella for more info: 07958117030


Mens Football

St Nicks went down too Bournemouth on Sunday looking to take 2 points in the league back to Bristol. In a tight encounter, there was nothing between the sides! However 2 quick fire goals in the last 5 minutes for St Judes proved crucial and the Bournemouth side snatched the win. Thanks to St Judes for all their hospitality.

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St Nicks GAA Bristol team vs Bournmouth


This weeks fixture

We have a chance to get back to winning ways this week vs Brighton and Crawley Gaels in Round 5 of the league. Throw in is at 1pm. Address is, Southgate Ave, Crawley RH10 6TW


Mens Training this week

Training Tuesday (19th June) –  7:15pm at St Marys Old boys RFC BS361RY

Training Thursday (21st June) –  7:15pm at Lockleaze sports centre BS79XF

New players of all levels always welcome! please email our website or write to us on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page

Nicks abu!!


St Nicks Club Notes 21-05-2018

St Nicks Club Notes

15 St Nicks men represented the Gloucestershire county team on Sunday vs a strong London team in St Marys Old Boys RFC. London ran out winners on the day in what was high scoring encounter in 23 degree heat.

The week ahead

Youth teams

Our youth team are training this Tuesday (22nd May) 6:30pm-7:30pm in St Marys Old boys RFC, BS36 1RY. Ages are from 8-14 and we welcome girls and boys of all abilities. last week it was very successful with nearly 30 kids there! Training is from full qualified Gaelic Football coaches.

Mens team

Our Mens team are training Tuesday and Thursday again this week. Tuesday training is at St Marys at 7pm. Thursday training will be at Lockleaze Sports centre at 7:30pm. BS7 9XF.

We play St Colmcilles of Cardiff in the league on Sunday 27th May 1pm @ Pontcanna Fields, Fields Park Rd, Cardiff CF11 9LB. For Directions please see the fixture page here

Come out and support the lads!


We have set up a just giving page for St Nicks man Nigel Farrelly who had his Moter Bike stolen and burned out. With a wedding coming up the team and supporters have been donating towards getting him back ob the road. Please feel free to donate to the Just giving page




St Nicks Club Notes 14-05-2018

Club Notes:

Hard Luck to Gloucestershire and the NINE St Nicks men that lost out to Hertfordshire in the All-Britain County Championship yesterday in St Marys

However they will go again in the 2nd round this Sunday vs London in either St Marys or Cardiff. TBC ASAP.. Best of Luck lads!

Our Mens Team will be training Tuesday and Thursday this week in Marys Old Boys RFC BS36 1RY at 7pm. New Players of all levels always welcome!

Our new underage section for Girls and Boys 8-14 will be starting on Thursday 17th May at 6pm in St Marys. Contact Paddy Miskella for more information – 07958117030



St Nicks GAA Bristol to start up Underage GAA Academy

First Underage GAA set up in Bristol for decades to start up on 17th of May 2018

St Nicks are pleased to announce we will be providing Underage Gaelic Football Training for Boys and Girls in the South west of England. The target age range are 8-14 year old and we welcome Boys and girls of all abilities. We hope to provide a great standard of GAA coaching while most importantly having fun and enjoying Ireland’s favourite sport.

Why start Underage GAA in Bristol?

With the large Irish community in Bristol and the huge interest in Gaelic Football it was only a matter of time before Underage Gaelic football was going to start up. With Adult level in Bristol thriving at the moment. Its time to develop underage GAA in the South West. Other Major city’s in the UK such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and not to mention London have seen Underage GAA blossom in recent years and in turn has provided UK County teams with a conveyor belt off English born GAA talent. Evidence of this was in Last years Connacht SFC, where London had 4 London born players in the starting 15.

Gaelic football is not just a sport, also a great way for Kids to make new friends while keeping fit and learning new skills.

The men that have made this possible are St Nicks men Paddy Miskella, Barry Geoghegan and Gloucestershire Gaelic Games Development officer Liam Beej.

Its all to start Thursday 17th of May where Training and a meeting to discuss future plans will start at 6pm.

If you require more information please contact Paddy Miskella on 07958117030




Underage Gaelic Football Bristol


We hope to see you all there Thursday!



St Nicks begin league with hard fought win – Report

St Nicks ran out 11 point winners in the end.

St Nick’s made their delayed start to the 2018 league season against local rivals Western Gaels on Sunday, determined to start the season with a winning start. With conditions perfect for football St Nick’s were focused on starting as they meant to go on, St Nick’s did just that from the throw in as they went two points up early on through scores from Kevin Stankard and marquee signing over the winter, Mark Duffy. Both players kicking excellent points off the right from 30 yards.

Then with about 10 minutes played, Brian Flynn opened his goal scoring account for St Nicks. Working the ball through the hands, the Nicks’s players created space well to give Brian his chance and he made no mistake when one on one despite the keeper’s best efforts.  St Nicks couldn’t have asked for a better start but despite this, Western Gaels came back into the game using route one football, lumping the ball into their forward division at the earliest possible opportunity. This paid off somewhat for them as they tacked on a couple of points of their own.

St Nicks replied with points from debutants Mark Duffy and Cricky, who was doing excellent work in keeping the ball moving to other forwards as well. Western Gaels continued with their tactic of getting the ball in early and this paid off when they scored their first goal from a breaking ball. As the ball broke to a Gaels player, Connolly Jarret came out and made himself as big as possible, but unfortunately left a gap between his legs for the ball to go through. Both teams exchanged points before the referee’s half time whistle to leave St Nick’s a few points up at the break. Regardless of this, St Nick’s were feeling disappointed at the break, as in spite of dominating most of the play, their opponents were still in touch. St Nick’s knew they would have to up their work rate and intensity I they were to start their year off with a win.



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St Nicks GAA Bristol team vs Western Gaels

St Nick’s started the second half in much the same way as they started the first, tacking on a couple of points from Stank and Duffy after some trojan work from the likes of Sean McCarthy and Bryan Flynn who was making endless runs and then bringing his teammates into play excellently. At this stage St Nicks were looking to drive on but the Gaels just about kept in touch with a couple of points from long distance, which is where most of their shots were coming from thanks to tremendous work from all the defensive division who were being well marshalled by Nigel Farrelly in an unfamiliar sweeper role. After about 45 minutes St Nick’s really started to add points and this time they were not being answered by their Bristol counterparts. Kevin Stankard was showing well time and time again and showing that on his day he can be as good as anyone, swinging over some lovely points.

Mark Duffy was proving a nuisance for the opposition defence, being able to turn onto his left or right and shoot to good reward. Bryn Flynn was always giving an option inside and he was able to add another point to his early first half goal. St Nick’s were at this stage refusing to let Western Gaels out of their own half thanks to some trojan work from Tim O’Loughlin and John Lyttle in the middle of the park. Our midfield partnership were ably assisted by a hard running half backline, with B Burn in particular making lung bursting runs to support play whenever given the chance. All of this pressure proved fruitful when St Nicks got a 45 after 50 minutes, Stank was only able to put the ball in on top of the goalkeeper. The Western Gaels goalkeeper must have thought he did enough to palm the ball to safety, but he didn’t reckon on Mark Duffy leaping 12 feet in the air to punch the ball to the net.

St Nick’s were now well and truly in the ascendancy and started to introduce substitutes to the field of play. When Western Gaels were able to break out of their own half they persevered the route one tactic, and were duly rewarded with a goal from a deft finish, fortuned by the charitable nature of St Nick’s goalkeeper, Connelly Jarrat. Western Gaels added to this score with a long range point but they were unable to reel in the St Nicks lead with the full back line not allowing another sniff of goal. At the other end of the field St Nicks continued to add scores through fringe player Ciaran Barrett. A 3rd goal was added through the Nick’s account when Brian Flynn proved that hard work really does pay off. As the keeper was trying to pick out a pass, Brian afforded him no easy route blocking down his clearance and sealing his man of the match display with his second goal. St Nick’s added on two more points, one through the tireless B Burn who swung over a point from an acute angle on the right hand side and another from centre forward Cricky leaving the final score line St Nick’s 3-15 Western Gaels 2-7.

A good competitive start to the season for St Nicks and one which they can surely build upon for the rest of the season.

By Richard Murphy


St Nicks enjoy Mitchel’s challenge in Gloucester – Report

St Nicks enjoy Mitchel’s challenge in Gloucester

Saint Nick’s overcame a stern challenge on Sunday from the John Mitchel’s club Warwickshire.  The Birmingham outfit are currently 3 from 4 in division 1 in Warwickshire & the result give Saint Nick’s a real boost going into the local derby match this coming weekend.

Unfortunately local league fixtures were cancelled due to waterlogged pitches but with both teams keen for a fixture, a 4G surface was soon sourced in Gloucester for a 13 a side game.  saint Nick’s travelled strong with an 18man squad.

Saint Nick’s won on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-14.  Both teams were battling well & the game could really have went either way but credit to Saint Nick’s who showed great resolve to do enough to see the game out.

The early stages clearly showed which team had games under their belt, with the pacey Mitchel’s forwards racing them into a 1-1 to no score lead.

Nick’s soon responded with a Brian Flynn goal & this helped ease them into the game.  Further points from Sean McCarthy on the right & one from G Duggan on the turn were added.

Overall Mitchel’s were looking sharper but Saint Nicks worked tirelessly to keep themselves in the game.  Mitchel’s were 2 points clear & Nicks had wasted a an opportunity or two, which we’ll put down to rusty decision making.

Kevin Stankard & G Duggan made some good runs & space but moves weren’t coming off until Stankard leapt like a salmon & plucked a kickout before doing the usual shimmy & swinging over a lovely point.  This galvanised St Nick’s & a further 2points from Kevin & 1 from James McShea after a break from Ciaran brought Saint Nick’s in at half time with a two point lead, having played with the wind.

Saint Nick’s handling & decision making improved the game & Warwickshire lifted themselves to find another gear.  Some excellent left footed scores from Garvan no. 26 from Roscommon & similarly from the number 3 off the right put Mitchel’s back in the lead.  A fine Timmy O Loughlin point kept Nick’s in touch.

Saint Nick’s made use of the bench & John Moran, Ciaran, Brendan, Conor, Michael Tif & Shaughnessy all made debuts.  The Saint Nick’s half back line of JP, Ciaran & Brendan worked tirelessly in attack & defence & the two Paddy’s & Connolly deserve a mention for keeping a sharp forward line to only the one goal.

Debutant Conor made a fine break from defence, which thankfully won a penalty as he was hauled down.  A confidently placed Tim O’ Loughlin penalty regained the lead with about 10minutes left & Saint Nick’s then found another gear to tag on further free’s & keep Mitchel’s at bay.

Special mention to the multitalented Michael for refereeing the first half & putting in a tremendous “tackle” or two in the second half.


This results sets Nick’s up well for their opening league encounter & will hopefully stand to Mitchel’s in their next game as well.  St Nick’s will take a lot from the game, including a few pointers for improvement to work on this week.

Saint Nick’s scorers@ K. stankard 0-5, T O’ Loughlin 1-3, S McCarthy 0-2, G Duggan 0-1, J McShea 0-1 B Flynn 1-0

By James McShea