Posts Tagged ‘Sports’

Kurdish Refugee’s Croke Park Debut

History was made in Dublin’s Croke Park during the Lory Meagher Cup final in June, when the Leitrim senior hurling team took to the terrain for the first time against Warwickshire. Equally significant, however, was the presence of Iraq-born Iranian-Kurdish refugee Zemnako Moradi, who goes by Zak. It marked the first time an immigrant ofRead more..

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Hurling’s U.S. Rules Are Bad for the Sport’s Success

Does adapting the game for American viewers ruin the traditions of the ancient Gaelic sport? ℘℘℘ The Gaelic Players Association is an Irish not-for-profit organization that was created to advance the welfare and to protect the interests of the athletes that participate in Gaelic games at the county level. Since 1999, the GPA has foughtRead more..

Weekly Comment: Why I Won’t Be Going to Las Vegas

Thomas Hauser, a biographer of Muhammad Ali, the author of the forthcoming There Will Always Be Boxing (University of Arkansas, November 2017), and a frequent Irish America contributor hasn’t hidden his views of the upcoming boxing spectacle between the Dublin-born UFC fighter Conor McGregor and American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. He recently wrote a three part series on the boutRead more..

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, whichRead more..

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 28,000Read more..

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. IrelandRead more..

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The 24th Annual Eithne & Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Golf Tournament

New York, NY: The 24th Annual Eithne & Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on May 15th, 2017 at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club, one of the country’s most prestigious and attractive golf courses, located in Scarborough, NY. The Eithne & Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund was created in honor of John Fitzpatrick’s lateRead more..

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Support Irish athletes at the Gaelic Players Association’s Annual Golf Outing

On May 22 Gaelic Athletic Association fans will have a unique opportunity to play a round of golf with some of the league’s legendary players at a fundraising event at the exclusive Westchester Country Club in New York. The annual golf outing is hosted by the Gaelic Players Association, the non-profit representative body for theRead more..

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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, aRead more..

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 BaseballRead more..