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McGovern Park
Páirc Mhic Shamhráin
McGovern Park is located in Greater London
McGovern Park
McGovern Park
Location within Greater London
LocationWest End Road, South Ruislip, London HA4 6QX, England[1][2]
Coordinates51°33′01″N 0°23′54″W / 51.5501847°N 0.3983778°W / 51.5501847; -0.3983778
Public transitSouth Ruislip station
OwnerLondon GAA
OperatorLondon GAA
Capacity3,000[3] (1,950 seated)[4]

McGovern Park[4] (formerly known as Emerald GAA Grounds[5]) is the current headquarters, and principal Gaelic games facility, of the London GAA. It is situated in South Ruislip, west London and the facilities are managed by Veritable Venue Management.

The stadium is the current venue for the finals of the London football and hurling championships,[6] and the Nicky Rackard Cup (Level 2A), as well as British inter-provincial titles among Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Scotland, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire.


In 1999, the original grounds did not have any scoreboard, and dugouts were situated off the opposite ends of the pitch. The pitch itself was sponsored by Bank of Ireland, and featured their crest.[7][8][9] Since then, a modern electronic scoreboard has been added, and dugouts have been refurnished. The ground bar has full sports coverage, including Setanta for Live GAA.[10] In 2016, the stadium was closed while a new stand was built, at a cost of £4.17m. [5] On May 28th, 2017, the stadium was reopened, with the name changed from Emerald GAA Grounds to McGovern Park. It is named after local businessman Tony McGovern, who helped fund the redevelopment. [11]

London GAA

The Pitch is the home ground of the London hurling team, hosting the Christy Ring Cup, and the NHL. The grounds is also the home of the London Football Team, and their Allianz NFL matches are held there. The female teams play in the Brendan Martin Cup (the ladies senior football cup), and the O'Duffy Cup (camogie).

Railway Cup Final 2009

Final Score: Munster 1-08 ---- 0–15 Ulster[12]

On the 125th anniversary of the GAA, it was decided that the Railway Cup final of 2009 would be held in England. GAA president Christy Cooney said that this was because of England's Gaelic Development:

"It's one way of acknowledging and supporting the games in Britain by having such a high profile final here with the quality players that we have.

"Secondly Britain were keen to organise a celebration for the 125th year. We’re thrilled to be staging the final here and the players will be thrilled to come and play here."[13]

There was, on the night before the match, a gala ceremony, with tickets costing £50. The Irish ambassador to United Kingdom was there, with numerous other Irish diplomatic and Gaelic games players present. The game was held the next day, with Ulster narrowly winning by three points, which upset predictions that it would be game belonging to Munster.


During the COVID-19 pandemic in London, McGovern Park went six months without a competitive game, as did the entire UK, with Ruislip hosting a hurling match to resume in September 2020.[14]


The GAA holds annual refereeing courses and fitness tests in the grounds.[15] Recently, Irish rock band Bagatelle played a music festival at the clubhouse. The clubhouse hosts numerous charity events on behalf of Hillingdon.


The grounds features a 1,950-seat stand, a renovated clubhouse, with complete changing rooms and toilets for the home and away teams respectively. There is a balcony for trophy presentations and speeches, and a large scoreboard.[16] The grounds features special function rooms for hire. The ground floor houses a bar and dressing room, whilst the first floor holds a multi-function room.[17] Two full size car parks are also available. The Irish national Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, is played through speakers surrounding the grounds. The pitch is not floodlit, meaning most games are played in the afternoon.

See also


  1. ^ "Ruislip GAA Sports & Social Club, Ruislip, London". Lemonrock Gig Guide. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Hillingdon Online - Sports & Leisure". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  3. ^ "London gets new GAA 'county stadium'". BBC. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b "New naming rights for home of London GAA ahead of reopening -". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Construction on the long-awaited new GAA grounds in London is coming along nicely". 14 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  6. ^ "No1 Sports Software: League Referee Tournament Manager; Membership". Sports League Software & Membership for League, Association & Clubs. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Sportsfile - - 024705". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Sportsfile - - 024489". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Sportsfile - - 024882". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Celtic Bars with Setanta TV". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  11. ^ O'Brien, Kevin. "London's revamped home, Limerick's forgotten son returns and Waterford's last win over Cork in 1960". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Munster 1-08 Ulster 0–15". RTÉ Sport. 8 November 2009. Archived from the original on 11 November 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
  13. ^ "Railway Cup rolls into Britain". The Irish Post. Retrieved 9 November 2009.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Ruislip hosts first competitive GAA match in UK in six months". Hogan Stand. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  16. ^ "London 1-22 v 1-11 Roscommon". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  17. ^ "London calling grows loud again". Irish Independent. 30 May 2010. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.
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