Window on the Past:
The Irish Bambino

In late 1990s baseball, home runs were everywhere. The balls were allegedly juiced. The sluggers were definitely juiced. Players who had been lanky rookies would later display cartoon-sized muscles, thanks to a regimen of syringes in the posterior. Even hitters of mediocre power were expected to belt 15 home runs per season. About one century earlier, however, 15 round-trippers could lead the...

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Running Rings Around the Empire: The 1908 Olympics

In 1908, as the world’s attention focused on the Olympic Games in London, Britain had decided again not to allow Ireland to field its own team, imperiously stating, “Ireland is not a nation.” All Irish athletes would have to compete as members of the British team. The policy had worked well for Britain in the 1906 Intercalated Olympics in Athens, where Irish athletes won most of...

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New York Hurling Classic 2019

℘℘℘ 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...

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Give It a Hurl: GPA
All-Star Gala & Super11s

Join the Gaelic Players Association on Friday, November 15 for the annual Ireland-US Gaelic Heritage Awards & Dinner Gala. This night is always a great gathering of friends, who join together to support over 2,300 current players and an ever-growing number of retiring and retired inter-county players, protecting their welfare both on and off the pitch.  Legendary singer Finbar...

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Shane Lowry after his win.

Irishman Wins British Open in Northern Ireland

I hadn’t drank a brandy since 2009,” said Emily Scanlon, grandmother of golfer Shane Lowry, after Lowry won the 148th British Open Championship on Sunday, July 21, at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. “I drank two yesterday. It’s nearly killing me.” The 32-year-old Lowry from Clara, County Offaly, won the Irish Open back in 2009 as an amateur (and his grandmother had some brandy to...

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