August Club Update

2020 Pub League is Cancelled

I hope you’re doing well.  If this year was a normal year we’d be done with our Pub League season and many of our athletes would be training for Nationals at this time. Unfortunately this hasn’t been a normal year and it looks like we are going to have to sit tight for a while until things get closer to normal.  Last week our board “met” to discuss the plans for the rest of the year and we determined that it is best to pull the cord and cancel Pub League.  If things change and we are able to comfortably host any games in the fall we will try to do so, but at this time we do not anticipate any games for 2020. 

The Annual Awards Banquet is Cancelled

The board also made the tough call of cancelling our annual banquet. We would love to host an event to get everyone together but we don’t know what things will be like in the months to come.  We also won’t have a season to reflect on and acknowledge outstanding efforts on and off the field, so we determined it was best to preserve our resources and cancel the event.  I would still like to nominate Tim Cabeen for the broken hurley award. I know he looks forward to that every year. I also think we can agree that Liam Bonner takes the cake for this year’s “fastest to respond on Slack” award.   

On the bright side we have received our O’Neills jerseys!  I am 100% sure that these are the cleanest Pub League jerseys in an August of all time.  To get yours we are hosting a jersey pick booth at Hotel Tango on August 22nd starting at 4:30 (more details to come).  Depending on the turnout we will host additional jersey pick up events to ensure that everyone gets their jersey to social distance in style. 

An Update on Dues

We understand that Indy GAA was not able to provide the season and the competition that you expected this year.  For this reason we are offering the opportunity to refund your membership if you would like one. If you are not interested in a refund and would like to donate your membership to the club the Indy GAA would greatly appreciate it.  Any donations will help ensure that our club will be around for years to come and that we can cover any costs later this year and early next year.  We hope to be back up and running as soon as we are able to do so safely and comfortably. 

Please understand that the club incurred some costs that need to be paid so we are taking that into consideration for the refunds.  The biggest cost was the jerseys that we purchased for the season in February.  In a typical year our jerseys are funded through sponsorships.  Since our sponsors have been impacted so hard by the COVID pandemic we will not be requesting sponsorship money from most of our sponsors.  To cover the cost of the jerseys the board determined that the best and most fair way to refund our members is to take out the cost of jerseys in each member’s refund. 

For example if a recurring member requests a refund they would be reimbursed $150 minus the cost of a jersey. If a member signed up late and was not included in the initial jersey order they may be reimbursed in full.  The board also agreed that any new members that paid the new membership fees for this year would be able register again next year as a new member.  

To let us know if you’d like to donate your dues, or request a refund, please complete this form.

 If we have not heard from you by September 25th we will consider your dues as a donation.

Wrapping Up

This year has been filled with tough decisions and our board has been doing what we feel is best for our club and community.  I want to thank the board for their hard work this year and all of our club members for working with us as we navigated through these unprecedented times.

The AGM will still take place in November, and we will share more info about that when we have it.

Club Activities Postponed Until Further Notice

Tomorrow’s planned competitions are cancelled and we will be cancelling Sunday events until further notice.

On Thursday, Mayor Hogsett addressed the city with new policies and the Marion County Health Department issued new guidelines in a Public Health Order to combat the current COVID-19 situation in our city.  The new regulations do allow for non-contact exercising in groups and the policies we’ve implemented for our practices comply with the City’s/County’s policies and CDC’s recommendations.  Unfortunately the reality is that things this week are worse than they were last week.  

This Thursday and Friday had the most positive COVID cases issued in Indiana since the pandemic started.  On top of that the numbers look like they are continuing to trend upward.  After hearing the Mayor’s and Health Department’s new policies and seeing the recent COVID positive numbers the board had an internal discussion and then a vote on whether or not we should continue to host events in the midst of this. 

The board determined that at this time it would be best to postpone all activities and we will do our best to gauge when we can get back out there to have some non-contact fun. 

If there is a silver lining with this it is that our competition committee will use this extra time to put together a lot of fun and engaging competitions for the club. This week Coach Shoe and his group put together a great day of fun and safe games.  The group has a lot of other ideas in the works so when we’re able to get back on the pitch we will have a good lineup of games to play. 

I hope you understand that the board made this decision because we think it is what’s best for our club members and our community at this time. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at chair@indygaa.com or the board at board@indygaa.com.

Mathes Refereeing

2020 Referee Training Course

We are planning to host our annual referee training course on Sunday, June 28th, at 12pm at Centerpoint Brewing, and should last until around 4.

Centerpoint Brewing Co.

This training is for you if: 

  • You need a refresher on how many steps you can take while holding the ball, or what’s an aggressive foul vs. a technical foul
  • You haven’t reffed before but you are interested
  • You just want to know the rules so you can better understand our games and you can question the refs calls

The course will start with a couple hours of the basics and then will be more advanced after lunch.  Lunch and possibly beer will be provided for attendees.   

Those who attend will not be required to ref this season, but it would be greatly appreciated if they did 😁.   

 We will also offer ref shadowing (from a safe distance) for those who are interested in reffing but may be hesitant to step out there by themselves.

Support our Sponsor Pick – Rad Brewing

This week’s SOS pick is Rad Brewing Co. We’ll be there at 1pm this Sunday, June 7th, taking entries for our gift card giveaway.

If you can’t make it over on Sunday, tough luck on the drawing, but you can still show Rad your support, SoS goes for the entire week!

  • Rad is now open for both beer and food sales, please visit them at 414 Dorman St. They have a beautiful, kid-friendly outdoor patio and deck so there’s plenty of room to social distance
  • You can call ahead for carryout at (317) 426-5851

Please help us show our sponsors how much we appreciate them!

Support our Sponsor Pick – Bier Brewery

Bier Brewery

This week’s SOS pick is Bier Brewery. It was great to see so many members, from a minimum of 6 feet of course, show their support for this great perineal sponsor of ours.

If you didn’t make it over on Saturday, tough luck on the drawing, but you can still show Bier your support, SoS goes for the entire week!

  • Bier on 65th is Curbside ONLY, You can call ahead at 317-253-2437
  • Bier North allows inside ordering for beer and food, for call-ahead dial 317-564-8565.

Please help us show our sponsors how much we appreciate them!


Some Good News – Indy GAA Edition

Some Good News

While I claim to be neither as charming or as handsome as John Krasinski, I figured that we could all use a nice dose of good news right now. As we continue wait out the ‘Rona here are few nice stories we thought might be worth sharing. Enjoy!


👶🏻 Hey Babe

Scarlett Littlejohn

Indy GAA Board Chair David Littlejohn and family welcomed Scarlett Renee to the world on February 20th, just in time for her to get a taste of the before-times.

Baby and family are doing great and are making the most of social distancing by taking long walks through the neighborhood, preferably without any stops, because Scarlett is not a fan sitting still 😊


👨🏾‍🎓Big Man on Campus

Gaelic sports double-threat and proclaimed ‘Dawg with Style‘ Antwain Hunter was recently awarded tenure at Butler University and promoted to Associate Professor.

Rumor on the street says this means he can wear elbow patches on his tweed jacket now.


🇺🇸 Back Home Safe

Ben Kemp has returned from a tour in Kuwait. Thank you for your service Ben, we are glad you’re back home safely and hope we get raise a pint with you soon, first round’s on us 🍻


🌼🐈 Fake Flower?

Fake Pansy

Andretta Erickson has taken to pet fostering. At first Dretta was a tad suspicious of her new friend Pansy as she didn’t quite match her online profile (seems they never do), but she quickly decided to swipe right on her new friend and fostered her until last week when she was permanently adopted!

Don’t call her the crazy cat lady yet, but Dretta has decided to “go her own way” and and will be welcoming a new feline friend this week, Stevie Nicks.


🚚🍻 Special Delivery

Chef Boyar-Mathes

Brian Mathes answered Books N’ Brew’s call to arms for growlers when they ran out a few weeks back. BnB has been a perennial sponsor of the club and has even named a beer after us through their sister brewery Rad!

Brian put out an APB to the club and personally made the rounds to collect extra growlers from members and delivered over 30 of them!


💇‍♂️ Paul the Barber

Paul did it for Dan!

Paul Flynn raised over $3,400 for charity! The young son of a family friend back home motivated Paul to do something, so he set a goal of raising $2,500, with the extra motivation being he’d shave his head if the goal was hit. Amazingly, within four days the goal was surpassed and Paul made good on his bet.

Young Dan was only 8 months old when he was diagnosed with a very rare neuromuscular disease, and the family’s only hope to save his life is to fly him to the United States for a very costly treatment. People from all over the world joined in and have raised nearly 2 million Euros to get Dan the treatment he needs.

An Update Regarding the 2020 Season

I hope you’re doing well. Despite all that is happening around us with COVID-19, the Indy GAA board truly wants to make this season as best as possible for our members. We are taking our club members’ health and concerns into consideration in every decision we make. 

Please know that the board and myself have had to make some pretty tough calls these past few months. We love showing off how great our club is and representing Indianapolis both on and off of the pitch at the various tournaments and events throughout the year. With all of the unknowns and various factors that play into participating in these events, it seems that this year, it may be best to pull back and focus on our own club and community.

At the beginning of the year we decided to combine our football and hurling practices with the motto of “One Club.”  I think this motto has more meaning now than ever. Let’s make this an opportunity to focus on our club and our members to make us stronger for years to come. When all of this is over, we will show the other clubs just how great we are.

With that said I’ve complied a list of important updates below, so let’s get to it.

Pub League – our season is on hold and will be altered to make the most of this situation. We are going to do our best to reschedule the season and will likely extend it into the fall. With so many unknowns at the moment, we have not set any new dates in stone. We will do our best to keep the Club informed as details develop.

Golf Outing – Initially scheduled for May 30th is now postponed.  We will look to reschedule this event in September or October, if possible.

Indy Invitational – Our largest local event initially scheduled for June 20th is now postponed. We are looking into potential dates in September or October for rescheduling. However, with so many unknowns, it is a real possibility we might not be able to host our Invitational this year. There are many external factors that play into this event this year. We anticipate that EVERYONE will be postponing their events and also looking to reschedule for September or October of this year. We will most likely be competing with many other local/regional/national events. We don’t know what other clubs’ availability and/or capability to travel for our tournament will be in the fall. There may still be health recommendations against amateur sport games/tournaments and/or large gatherings. In addition, we will be operating on a limited budget this year. We will have to evaluate the high cost of the event with the club’s actual 2020 budget. Many of our sponsors have been impacted by this situation so we will not be collecting our typical sponsorship funds this year (see more on our sponsor update below). We just want everyone to be prepared for the possibility it may not happen. 

Spark!Fishers – Initially scheduled for June 27th is cancelled.

Nationals – We do not know yet if the USGAA will be able to host the Nationals tournament this year.  We also do not know what travel recommendations will be in August and/or if our club members will be willing to travel to Boston this year. Similar to our Invitational, we do not know if large gatherings will be allowed or if amateur sports will be back in full swing by August. This is a big unknown at the moment. 

Sponsors – As we all know, many of our sponsors were greatly impacted by this COVID-19 pandemic.  Some were impacted much more than others. That is why we are planning to work with our sponsors on a case by case basis to have them contribute what they feel comfortable contributing, if anything at all. The board is looking into ways that we can help our sponsors in their time in need. If you have any thoughts or ideas please don’t hesitate to share them with the board and/or the club. If anything, please consider supporting them when/if you can buy purchasing their products or promoting their events/specials on social media.  

Mise le meas,

David Littlejohn
Indy GAA Board Chair
chair@indygaa.com

A COVID-19 Update

The Indy GAA Board and I know everyone is attempting to find their new normal right now, but we wanted to take a brief moment to share a few decisions we’ve made regarding the 2020 season.

Following the guidance of the CDC, the federal, state, and local levels we are suspending all club activities until Friday, April 17.  This will still allow us to tentatively host our Pub League Kickoff & Jersey Party at Hotel Tango, but this is all subject to change as we learn more and more health recommendations are developed. Important dates that follow shortly after our current start date include:

  • April 18 – Annual Referee Training/Refresher Course
  • April 19 – Week 1 of Hurling Pub League
  • April 21 – Weekly Practices Start
  • April 23 – Week 1 of Gaelic Football Pub League 

We are also in constant communication with the USGAA regarding their league play recommendations and their registration deadline. The original March 31st deadline was chosen by the Indy GAA board to help ensure we were registered prior to the USGAA’s official deadline of the end of April. For now we still ask that all members register with the USGAA by the end of the month, barring any changes.

We did get word that this year’s Continental Youth Championships in San Francisco have been canceled, but as of now USGAA Nationals in Boston (Aug 21st-23rd) are still on.

Again, all of these dates are subject to change as we continue to follow the government’s guidance, but as of now we are keeping an optimistic view as to how we will proceed this year. Rest assured that we are continuing to plan for contingencies if the need be, and we will do our best to continue to keep an open line of communication with our members as things proceed/develop.  Our coaches are working on some virtual training opportunities and we are hoping to put together some virtual social opportunities in the near future. Please keep your eye out of these events.

We will continue to send out communications via email, our social media, and our website, but if you are a current member you may want to keep an eye on our Slack workspace.  If you do not yet have access to Slack please email Kyle Keesling (pro@indygaa.com) to get setup.

There are a lot of unknowns right now but we will work to keep everyone as informed as we can.  If you have any questions or thoughts regarding this whole situation, please feel free to contact me. 

In the meantime, please think about supporting our sponsors during these uncertain times. Many of them are in the hospitality sector, which is being especially affected by all of this. Be on the look-out for some fundraising events we have in the works to help support the businesses that have so graciously chosen to support us. On social media we encourage you to tag/share info about our sponsors, tag the club, and/or use the hashtag #indygaacares to show our support.

2020 Indy St Patrick's Day Parade & Events are Canceled

2020 Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Events have been Canceled

We just got word that the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade, along with its associated events have been canceled this year.

From the IAC’s website:

Out of an abundance of caution, the Athletic Club Foundation has decided to cancel the 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party that was scheduled for Friday, March 13th.  In addition, The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal scheduled for today and the 29th Annual Shamrock Run Walk scheduled for Saturday, March 14th will also be cancelled.

Please be sure to take care and use the proper precautions out there during these uncertain times.