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#14 Progress on and off the field – Washington DC Gaels

Washington D.C. Gaels adult and youth teams at the 2009 D.C. St. Patrick's Day parade.

Washington D.C. Gaels adult and youth teams at the 2009 D.C. St. Patrick's Day parade.

Irish emigration levels to Washington DC, hasn’t been as high as other major US cities and as a result Gaelic games in the country’s capitol have been slow in getting started.  Nevertheless, the Washington DC Gaels have made steady progress over the past two decades in bringing the games to a young breed of American athletes, who find that Gaelic football, hurling and Camogie are exciting and exhilarating new sports. Club Chairperson, Nora Reilly, a native of Liverpool in England, and Development Officer, American player Mary Beth Ginder, today speaks to GaelicSportsCast about their recent recruiting drive and some of their fine achievements on the field.

 

 

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#13 From a puck-around to 90 strong – Indy Hurling Club

One of Indy Hurling Club teams takes a break at the North American Playoffs last September in Canton, Boston.

One of Indy Hurling Club teams takes a break at the North American Playoffs last September in Canton, Boston.

An Irish American wedding, a couple of hurls, a sliothar, a puck-around….next thing you know they’re  talking about forming a hurling club in a city crazy for all things motor car racing. Indianapolis is a city that hasn’t attracted a huge a number of Irish immigrants, yet somehow what started as some fun after a wedding turned into a thriving and growing hurling club made  up of  mostly American players. Recounting the club’s progress and detailing the rookie hurlers efforts to learn the game is club Chairperson, American born Brian Mathes and their coach Kilkenny man, Ciaran Connery.

 

 

 

 

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#12 Olympics helped Gaelic games get off ground – Atlanta GAA

Atlanta Co-Ed Hurling

Atlanta Co-Ed Hurling

In the southern state of Georgia, a state not known as a traditional stronghold of Gaelic games in the US, Atlanta GAA nontheless has been steadily making progress introducing the games to young Americans.  The new Chairman of Atlanta GAA is Kieran Claffey and he speaks to GaelicSportsCast about how the 1996 Olympic Games helped to grow Gaelic games in the city, the attractiveness of  both ladies football and hurling for Americans, and, the challenges that lie  ahead.

 

 

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#11 American players key to future success – Boston Shamrocks

The Shamrock's celebrate their epic 2004 North East Senior title

The Shamrock's celebrate their epic 2004 North East Senior title

With its large Irish American background, the City of Boston has attracted many Irish natives to  its meandering streets. For well over a century, by sharing a love of Gaelic games with each other, the Irish were able to keep in touch with their roots back home while making new friends in their new home in America.  It is no surprise then that presently, Boston boasts the largest concentration of Gaelic games clubs in the North American County Board arena.  Today GaelicSportsCast visits with one of those clubs, the Boston Shamrocks Ladies Gaelic Football Club and to  founder member, Kathleen Rohan,  who talks about the  history and future of the club.

 

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#10 Hurling at Indiana University

Indiana University Hurling team

Indiana University Hurling team

Today GaelicSportsCast takes a trip to Hoosier country in Indiana, where some very interesting things have been taking place on college campuses. A fledgling group of students at Indiana University in Bloomington have discovered the game of hurling  and are doing everything in their power to learn the game and spread the word among their fellow 45,000 students about the game that has become something of a curiosity on campus. Tim Morgan is President of the one year old IU Gaelic Hurling club and is optimistic about the future prospects for hurling not only at Indiana University but at other college campuses around America.

 

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#9 Buffalo Fenians and Upstate New York

Buffalo Fenians Junior C Gaelic Football team

Buffalo Fenians Junior C Gaelic Football team

We stay in the Mid West Division of the North American Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) scene where we speak with former Dub and longtime local Gaelic football enthusiast, Brendan Tunney. The Finglas man arrived in the Buffalo area of Upstate New York some two decades ago and since has been doing his best to promote the sport of Gaelic football when starting off a new club in nearby Rochester. He is a member of the Buffalo Fenians GAA club and he speaks to GaelicSportsCast about the club and the GAA in the region.

 

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#8 – The US Mid West and Cleveland St Pat’s

St Pats Cleveland, Junior B Team. Mark Owens is pictured top left (back row), the rest of the team are all American born players.

St Pats Cleveland, Junior B Team. Mark Owens is pictured top left (back row), the rest of the team are all American born players.

In our first visit to America, GaelicSportsCast  profiles the North American County Board’s (NACB) Mid West Division. Here we speak to division chairperson, Cleveland resident and Derry native, Mark Owens about the overall state of gaelic sports in the region and his continuing involvement  with Cleveland St Pats GFC where he is chairperson.

 

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Notice – Podcast schedule

Holiday Schedule –

Next podcast towards midweek and features an interview with Mark Owens, Mid West Division Chairman of the North American County Board (NACB) . 

Then GaelicSportsCast continues as usual with Tuesday and Friday Podcasts.

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#7 Up and coming Asia harbours ambitious plans for future

ACB Chairman, Paraic McGrath and son Joseph. They play on the same team in Bangkok and Joseph, who never lived in Ireland, learned to play Gaelic football in Asia.

ACB Chairman, Paraic McGrath and son Joseph. They play on the same team in Bangkok and Joseph, who never lived in Ireland, learned to play Gaelic football in Asia.

In our last visit trip to Asia this year, GaelicSportsCast speaks with Asian County Board Chairman Mayo man, Paraic McGrath, about the GAA scene in the region. Over the past two decades, Gaelic sports have been making steady progress where today some 600 players from various ethnic backgrounds participate annually in five major competitions throughout the region.  The Asian County Board is planning for the future and one day hopes that an Asian team can represent them in the championships back home in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#6 Argentina dreams of reviving hurling- All Star tour reaction

all-star-posterOnce home to a proud hurling legacy , The Hurling Club in the city of Buenas Aires,  last week hosted this year’s All Star Hurling tour. Descendants of Irish immigrants attending the exhibition game – many of whom would have had roots in Wexford, Longford and Westmeath – were thrilled by the fast pace and skill of the game, and, were particularly taken by the goal tending exploits of the respective 2009 and 2008 team’s All Star keepers.  On the evening the touring party had departed for the green isle far away, GaelicSportsCast spoke with former club president and Irish descendant, Mr Alec Quinn about the tour and the history of hurling in Argentina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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