Washington Nationals Return to Irish Roots

Irish ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson joined the Washington Nationals baseball team at their home field of Nationals Park in May for Irish American Heritage Day, throwing out the first pitch of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Before making the pitch, Anderson celebrated the stadium’s inaugural Irish Heritage evening alongside the team, which has always boasted a strong Irish...

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Hurling Returns to Fenway Park

The sport of hurling will return to Fenway Park with a doubleheader in the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival on November 19. The park last hosted a hurling event in 2015, bringing to an end its absence of 61 years. The match, which featured a full-team brawl on the pitch, attracted nearly 28,000 stateside GAA fans, a number which organizers expect will be matched or surpassed this...

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Ireland v. Mexico Soccer Friendly

The Irish men’s national soccer team is set to square off against Mexico June 1 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The friendly match, which won’t count towards either teams official international rankings, is slated as a warm up game in advance of Ireland’s 2018 World Cup qualifier game against Austria on June 11. Ireland is currently ranked 26th in the FIFA world rankings while Mexico is...

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Ireland’s Longest Greenway Is Officially Open to the Public

Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling path in Ireland, opened to the public at the end of March. Running 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan and tracing the former route of the Great Southern and Western railway line, the €15 million project is also part of the Atlantic Coast Route of EuroVelo, a long distance cycling network connecting Europe. “The Greenway is a...

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Jimmy McAleer’s Opening Day Legacy

The Irish American baseball legend who introduced the concept of the opening day pitch by the President of the United States. ℘℘℘ James Robert, “Jimmy,” McAleer, the youngest of eight children, was born in Ohio on July 10, 1864. He gained fame and notoriety for being a player, manager, and stockholder in Major League Baseball who assisted in establishing the American League. Apart from...

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