Bahrain Rugby Club hosts the Arabian Celts GAA club in order to symbiotically develop Gaelic sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Gaelic Football attracts large numbers in both the women’s section and men’s section, both sections train 3 times a week on Sunday and Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoon. This section is always growing with several people intrigued by what for most is a new sport to them.

From its humble beginning over 25 years ago, the Bahrain Irish Festival has grown from just a handful of teams to being the largest gathering of Gaelic Sports teams in the Gulf region. The Arabian Celts always manage to field at least 2 teams in both the men’s and women’s sections of our own tournament. As well as the home tournament, The Arabian Celts send teams all over the Gulf region to various tournaments.

As with many of our sections, the Gaelic sections have a very experienced coaching team who lead their respective squads very well throughout the year.

Head of Senior Gaelic – Brendan Galvin


The Arabian Celts are one of the Regions larger Gaelic Sports sections, having been born out of both Bahrain and the Eastern Province’s Gaelic sportsmen and women. The men’s Gaelic football section trains each week on a Sunday and Tuesday evenings (during the season) from 7.30pm onwards,

Entering every competition at every level across the Regional Boards Leagues and Competitions, the footballers find themselves busy throughout the year. All of that pales into insignificance when you place it alongside the massive undertaking that is the organisation of the annual Bahrain Gaelic Games, which last year approached 100 teams, playing over seven pitches, on four different sites.


The ladies are definitely an equal partner in the Arabian Celts, often boasting more active participants that the men. Their striking pink and blue uniforms can be seen from a distance, but you will know the ladies are there well before that with their vociferous support.

Again the ladies train on a Sunday and Tuesday evenings, but a little earlier than the men starting at 6.30pm.


Each Player must have completed the Clubs Sports Waiver form and paid the relevant sports fees prior to participation in any activity.
Each Coach will have differing methods of organising and communicating with their groups these can include Teamer, Basic Email etc, please ensure that Parents introduce themselves to the coach and get access to the relevant information
Any trips overseas will be organised by our sports department at an additional cost, the club does its best to contribute towards these trips and will publicise this in advance.