1st Annual Adult Gaelic Football Tournament

On behalf of the New York State Board, I am delighted to announce our First Annual Adult Gaelic Football Tournament!  I know we have plenty of Hibernians across the state who have never seen a game of Gaelic Football live, or have never been to Gaelic Park.  Well now is the time so mark your calendars for Sunday April 8th!

Thanks to Vic Vogel, our New York State President for coming up with this idea, and thanks to the New York State Board for sponsoring this event.  The games will be played with a seven-man format, instead of the normal 15 a-side.  It is played at a fast pace and very entertaining to watch. We expect to have 10 teams competing.  The tournament will be held on Sunday April 8th at Gaelic Park in the Bronx from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Admission is only $10. This will be a fun-filled day of Gaelic football at the highest level.  Of course, food will be served and the bar will be open for your pleasure.

A group of Piper’s will lead the opening ceremony and parade the teams around the park.  If you are involved in a pipe band and would like to participate, please contact our worthy State President, Vic Vogel.

All proceeds from this event will go towards college scholarships for students active in the Gaelic Athletic program, both boys and girls.  If you as an individual your division or County would consider making a donation it would be greatly appreciated.   I am also looking for donations from the LAOH.  In New York State, the GAA Minor Board have over 2,000 members registered between the ages of 6 /18.  Approximately 20% of these members are female. 

These young people are the future of our organizations.  It is important that we let them know who we are and what we stand for. All donations no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.

Please make checks payable to New York State Board and put in the memo GAA scholarships. Checks can be mailed to Michael Byrne, PO Box 363, Huntington, NY 11743.

Thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you in Gaelic Park on April 8th.  It is important that we support our Irish heritage and culture!

Respectfully submitted.

Michael Byrne
New York State AOH Sports Chairman

Suffolk County Adult Gaelic Football Club

The first ever Suffolk County Adult Gaelic Football Club was established this spring and off to a great start. The club, known as Suffolk County Hibernians, was founded with the help of Mike Byrne, NYS AOH Sports Chairman who has been active in finding ways to keep our Irish heritage, sport, and culture alive in New York.  This past weekend was the teams first game facing-off against the Long Island Gaels Gaelic Football Club.  The Suffolk County Hibernians won the game 1-14 to 1-12.

NY and NJ AOH South Armagh tourism event

The AOH State Boards of New York and New Jersey are proud to co-sponsor the Project Crossmaglen presentation at Harbour Lights on Wednesday May 2nd at 530pm.  Harbour Lights is located on the 3rd floor of Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport (corner of South and Fulton Streets in Lower Manhattan).

This event is open to the public, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

Gene Carragher proprietor and Fiona Kieran, manager of the Cross Square Hotel in Crossmaglen, along with Colm Murphy of Matthews Tours will present a program on tourism in South Armagh. Working on its core strengths South Armagh is ready to tell the world what it has to offer and to showcase itself as one of the best kept secrets in Ireland.

The Crossmaglen area was often times closed off to the traveler for over 30 plus years during the Troubles but it is now ready to display to the world what it has to offer.  The region’s natural beauty is highlighted by Slieve Gullion, which was just recently classified as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   In addition to its beauty South Armagh offers the visitor an area rich in Archaeology, Heritage, Literature, Music, Folklore and Political and Border history. The strong and proud people of the area are ready to tell its story and offer world class hospitality.

The area also is home to one of Ireland’s best Gaelic football clubs, the Crossmaglen Rangers.

The Building of the First Hotel, The Cross Square Hotel, in almost 100 years in Crossmaglen, the continued expansion of the Ti Chullian Centre, Mullaghbawn and the formation of the South Armagh Chamber of Commerce has been a catalyst in the development of tourism in South Armagh.

Gene, Fiona and Colm have come to the US with no assistance from governing or council bodies. They are here not to ask for donations but to thank Irish Diaspora for their support and belief in the border region throughout the ‘troubles’ and to encourage individuals and groups to ‘Come Home!’ to see the economic development and tourism  in the South Armagh Area.  The group hopes to build on 2013 which is Board Failte’s year of the ‘Gathering’.  What better time to encourage the US market to come home and explore the Ireland and its border region!

Colm Murphy states ‘it is our aim to illustrate the development of the South Armagh region and to invite individuals and groups to the Crossmaglen/ South Armagh Area”.

So come out to Harbour Lights on Wednesday May 2nd at 530pm to learn more about tourism in Crossmaglen and South Armagh, The Emerald Jewel of Ireland!  You will be glad that you did.  Help support the colourful past and help create the Colourful future of Crossmaglen.

For more information contact Sean Pender NJ AOH President at  609- 462- 7056; or NY AOH Freedom for All Ireland Chairman Dan Dennehy at 914-588-2710