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Gaels force: Damien McGovern, from Burren (left) and manager Jimmy Treacy, from Carrickmore, celebrate Glasgow Gaels' 2019 Scottish Championship win

Gaels force: Damien McGovern, from Burren (left) and manager Jimmy Treacy, from Carrickmore, celebrate Glasgow Gaels' 2019 Scottish Championship win

Gaels force: Damien McGovern, from Burren (left) and manager Jimmy Treacy, from Carrickmore, celebrate Glasgow Gaels' 2019 Scottish Championship win

As the clubs of Ireland begin to get a little more tetchy over lockdown and some voices in the media grow louder in their demands for the GAA to open up their premises, those involved in the games overseas face a very different set of circumstances.

Glasgow Gaels, the reigning Scottish champions, are one of the more progressive clubs with a thriving ladies' side and a Mental Health committee. Some years ago, they joined forces with Clydebank Rugby Club, who wished to upgrade their facilities but needed a few more sporting bodies to come on board as partners.

After a few years of planning, Glasgow Gaels now are joint residents of a state-of-the-art facility, a 4G pitch with floodlighting, the only club in Scotland to call a home their own, albeit shared with a number of other stakeholders.