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'It's a way to belong' - the role of GAA clubs in welcoming the new Irish

Moses Wanjigo is new to the parish.

TO PARAPHRASE, LEGENDARY commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Kenya is not a hurling stronghold.

Moses Wanjigo is typical of a new strand of GAA member that makes up the backbone of the association.

Wanjigo settled in Ongar in Dublin in 2010 where he picked up a call for help at the local club, Erin Go Bragh.

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“It’s hard to start fresh somewhere new. When people like me, who are from different countries, come to a foreign land, the first thing you want to do is to integrate,” he says.

“You want to get to know your community. I was at home one evening and a flyer came through the door looking for new members for Erin Go Bragh club. I said to myself that I will give it a go. They were very welcoming to me although I had to really listen to their words as the Dublin accent was difficult.

“I love to help with fundraising, putting up nets on the goalposts or whatever needs to be one. I find myself doing lots of odd jobs down at the club.  I love it though. It really is a way to belong.”

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