The NY State AOH held their first Annual 7 a side Adult Gaelic Football Tournament in Gaelic Park on Sunday April 8th. Ten teams participated in the competition. The teams hailed from Nassau County, Suffolk County, Connecticut, Boston, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. The opening teams paraded around the field behind a group of approximately 40 musicians from three different pipe bands – The Kerry Pipers, Glor na Gael, and Tara Pipes and Drums.
The games were exciting and played at a fast pace. A large group of Hibernians and true Gaelic lovers braved the cold weather to show their support.
St. Barnabas were the triumphant team who took home the cups! They beat NY Celtics in the final of the B Division and they beat the Aidan McAnespies from Boston in a closely contested match in the final of the A Division. Hats off to St. Barnabas! This team calls the Bronx home. All their players are Irish American. They came up through the ranks from the NY Minor Board of the GAA.
All the money raised from this event will go directly to college scholarships for students active in the Gaelic Athletic program. We plan on making this an annual event. What better way to promote our Irish heritage and culture! These young Irish Americans are the future members of the AOH and LAOH. Let them know who we are what we stand for.
NYS AOH Sports Chairman