New York Hurling Classic 2019
By Sarah Loughnane, Editorial Assistant/Social Media & Events Coordinator
December / January 2020
Four all-star hurling teams descended on the city of New York to battle it out for the top spot in the New York Hurling Classic 2019 in mid-November. Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wexford, and Limerick faced off against one another at Citifield in Queens. The festivities kicked off at the Harvard Club on Thursday, November 14, at a dinner honoring Tipperary, the reigning All-Ireland hurling champions, their manager Liam Sheedy, and captain Seamus Callanan. Declan Kelly and Teneo, the team’s sponsor, hosted the dinner.
The following evening, the Gaelic Players Assocation (GPA) hosted their annual New York dinner at Capitale, featuring all-star players and legends of Gaelic games. Special entertainment was provided by folk legend Finbar Furey. Over 11,000 fans came out to support the teams on the brisk morning of November 16 to watch the four teams battled it out on the New York Mets’ home field in Queens. Limerick and Kilkenny claimed victory on the day. The celebrations did not end there, as the 7 train transported fans back to Mustang Harry’s in N.Y.C. to commemorate the day.
Mustang’s owner, Ian Conroy, a former Tipperary hurler, and his brother, and co-owner Niall, hosted an after party where serendipity ran riot, neighbors met neighbors, cousins ran into cousins, and both the Irish and Irish-American communities celebrated in full style. The 2018 camogie all-stars also faced the 2019 camogie all-stars in Gaelic Park on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The event was an exhibition game hosted by Liberty Insurance. ♦