Posts Tagged ‘Irish Athlete’

Golf Is His Baby!

After considering withdrawing from the P.G.A. Championship, Irish golfer Padraig Harrington decided to compete, leaving his wife Caroline at home about to go into labor. “The doctor was of the opinion that if anything, the pregnancy will go late,” Harrington said. “I decided the worst thing was if I was sitting at home all theRead more..

Micky Ward Says Good-Bye

On Thursday, August 14th, a massive power blackout paralyzed much of the Northeast. But that didn’t keep hundreds of well-wishers from gathering at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino in Connecticut, the following night to pay their respects to “Irish” Micky Ward. American culture is geared toward superstars and blockbusters. Ward is an anomaly: aRead more..

An Irish Field of Dreams

During his father’s time, the Dodgers broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. Now, Peter O’Malley is helping to internationalize the most American of sports by building baseball fields in Ireland, China, and Nicaragua and supporting baseball programs in Japan and other countries. ℘℘℘ Peter O’Malley is an internationalist. You can tell by the giganticRead more..

Micky Ward’s Last Fight

Irish Mickey goes one more round. ℘℘℘ Micky Ward fought a great fight against his longtime boxing rival Arturo Gatti on June 7. Known ringside as “Irish” and “Thunder,” the two fought their third and final match before a sellout crowd in Atlantic city. Ward lost in a unanimous decision, but managed to knock GattiRead more..

Irish Climbers Reach the Summit of Mount Everest

With a record number of people trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest 50 years after it was first scaled, two Irish climbers, Cork man Mick Murphy and Ger McDonnell from Limerick reached the summit on May 23, six days before the anniversary of Sir Edmund Hilary’s first ascent. The two Irish climbers overcameRead more..

Irish Basketball Star for U.S.

Irish International basketball star Susan Moran from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, has become the first Irish player to be signed by an American WNBA team. Moran who won a scholarship to St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia in 1998 has been drafted to the New York Liberty team. At five feet eleven inches Moran has a slight heightRead more..

Go Canada!

Canada benefited from Irish leadership and grit in ending a 50-year gold-medal drought in hockey, which was an ongoing embarrassment in the birthplace of the game. Pat Quinn took a collection of star players and despite some early wobbles, guided them past the United States in the gold-medal game. “The key was players like MarioRead more..

Why Grandpa Should
Be in the Hall of Fame

On July 1st, 1920, my grandfather saved the only no-hitter ever thrown by the Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson. Grandpa played first base for the Washington Senators, and he and Johnson were in Boston to play the Red Sox. When the ninth inning came around, only one Red Sox had made it to firstRead more..