Meet the Captains: Dermot Murray (Majestic Grille)

Club Chairman and Majestic Grille team captain, Dermot Murray

For our final installment of this season’s “Meet the Captains” series we sat down with Memphis GAA Club Chairman and Majestic Grille team captain, Dermot Murray. Let’s see what he has planned for this season!

How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?

“I was more of a hurler growing up, playing for Cullion Hurling Club, St. Finian’s Secondary School (Mullingar, County Westmeath) and the Westmeath Under-15 county team. But I did play Gaelic football with Shandonagh in Westmeath for a couple of seasons as a teenager, as well as in school (I wasn’t very good at it though). I always tended to play in the fullback line in both sports – probably because I can’t score for the life of me. I do like playing in the back-line so I can keep a close eye on how the rest of my team is doing.”

How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?

“I plan to win the league by stacking my team with the best players & letting them do their thing. Only kidding! I do plan to have an evenly-balanced team of players and to quickly identify their best positions on the field so we can perform as a true team unit. And I think maroon/white is a winning color combination (it also happens to be the colors of my home club and county back home).”

Dermot in his element – with a hurley & sliotar

Why should anyone want to signup for your team?

“People should sign-up for my team because they’ll enjoy the experience, regardless of whether we win or lose. Plus I’ll buy pints for my teammates after every match we win, and I’ll see if Patrick & Deni at the Majestic Grille will lay on a free dinner if we win the league outright!”

Teamwork and pints – a killer combination for any season! We’ll have to see if Dermot can fly his county colors into the league finals and bring home another title for team Majestic Grille.

Thank you for joining us as we talked to Brendan, Liam, Shane, and Dermot. It looks like it is going to be an absolutely thrilling season! Don’t forget – for your best chance of joining your preferred team, be sure to sign up for the 2017 Gaelic Football Spring Pub League by Thursday, March 23rd. Be sure to stay tuned as we’ll be posting this season’s team rosters and the games schedules in the next few days!

Meet the Captains: Shane Keely (Murphy’s Public House)

Murphy’s Team Captain, Shane Keely

Third in our “Meet the Captains” series is Murphy’s team captain, Shane Keely. Shane coaches soccer for Christian Brothers University and is a player for the Memphis City FC. An Ireland native, Shane picked up the sport of Gaelic football early in life and you can really see that experience play out on the field. Join us as we talk to Shane about his plans for the season.

How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?

“I played Gaelic football from about 5-18 years old (so 13 years). I played for St. Finian’s GAA club in Swords, County Dublin. My favorite position was right half forward or midfield.”


How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?

“We plan on playing smooth silky sexy Dublin style of Gaelic football to win the league. Take your points and your goals will come haha!”


Why should anyone want to signup for your team?

Shane Keely holding the Sam Maguire Cup

“People should sign up for the Murphy’s team because we already have a lot of good recruits signed up and with Dublin being the current All Ireland Champions what better team to play for then the team in Blue! Everyone hates the Dubs and we all know everyone hates the best hahaha.”

We’ll have to see if Shane and team Murphy’s will be able to get the formula right and follow the lead of his native Dublin. Club sponsors Seamus Loftus (Brass Door) and DJ Naylor (Celtic Crossing) are both from County Mayo so I’m sure they are more than eager to get the chance to take the Memphis title as payback for the 2016 All Ireland Finals!

For your best chance of joining your preferred team, be sure to sign up for the 2017 Gaelic Football Spring Pub League by Thursday, March 23rd. Join us Wednesday when we talk to club chairman and Majestic Grille team captain Dermot Murray!

Meet the Captains: Liam Coyle (Brass Door)

Captain of the Brass Door team, Liam Coyle

Continuing with our “Meet the Captains” series, we sat down with our Gaelic Football Recruitment and Development Lead and Brass Door team captain, Liam Coyle. In the weeks leading up to the start of the season, you can see Liam using his vast wealth of knowledge of the sport to coach the Memphis GAA Gaelic football practices on Sundays.

How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?

“My father, who immigrated from Ireland as a young man, taught my four brothers and me to play Gaelic football from the moment we could walk. Growing up, I played for St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football Club in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Personally, I enjoy the added pressure of playing full back as it is the last line of defense before the goalie.”

How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?

“I plan to win the league championship by ensuring that those who take the field by my side have an understanding of the importance of their participation in Gaelic football and all it means.”

Why should someone want to signup for your team?

“Because we will win! That being said, I encourage anyone interested to sign up for any team. While we may compete on the field, the sweat, blood, tears, and post-match pints that Gaelic football precipitates makes for a potent potion that induces inextricable bonds of friendship in all its participants.”

Liam is a great coach for everyone in the Memphis GAA and it looks like he may be an even better captain for the Brass Door team. Next we’ll be hearing from the Murphy’s Bar team captain, Shane Keely. If you want your greatest chances of joining Liam and team Brass Door on the pitch, be sure to sign up for the 2017 Spring Gaelic Football Pub League!

Meet the Captains: Brendan Bennett (Celtic Crossing)

Neil Cummings handing over captaincy of the Celtic Crossing team to Brendan Bennett

Neil Cummings (left) handing over captaincy of the Celtic Crossing team to Brendan Bennett (right)

To help players and spectators get ready for the season we thought we’d sit down with all the team captains and ask them about their plans for the season. Today, we sat down with Brendan Bennett, the newest captain of the league, to talk about his history with the sport and his plans for the season.

Brendan will be the captain for the Celtic Crossing  team this coming season.

How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?

“I started playing Gaelic football at the age of 15 after a few school friends persuaded me to join with them. I play for St. Teresa’s Gaelic Athletic Club in Belfast, County Antrim, and my favorite position is anywhere on the half forward line.”

How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?

“I plan on playing it simple with the Celtic Crossing team, making the other teams do all the work chasing us around and then we will wear them down and take our points and steamroll them.”

Why should anyone want to signup for your team?

“People are here to win and enjoy themselves and with team Celtic Crossing’s tactics and attitude I feel we have best chance of taking the title this year. And with some potential spring signings coming up team Celtic is definitely the team to be on!”

It looks like Brendan will be looking to be a force to be reckoned with. Next we’ll be talking to Liam Coyle to see his strategy for The Brass Door team. Be sure to get signed up for the 2017 Spring Gaelic Football Pub League!