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.
AOH Sponsors 7th Annual Sean Tallon Tournament at Gaelic Park
The Ancient Order of Hibernians of Greater New York were proud to once again sponsor The 7th Annual Firefighter Sean Tallon Memorial Gaelic Sports Tournament which was held at Gaelic Park in The Bronx on November 1st. The tournament is operated under the jurisdiction of The New York GAA Minor Board. The tournament is dedicated to the life and legacy of FDNY Firefighter Sean Patrick Tallon of Yonkers, who lost his life responding to the terrorist attacks on The World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The FDNY Ceremonial Color Guard along with the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums led over 250 young athletes onto the field as the event began. Over 22 teams participated in this year’s tournament, making this the largest turnout in the event’s 7 year history.
You can view a video of the opening procession here:
Sean Tallon’s mother Eileen and sister Rosaleen thanked the GAA Minor Board and the AOH for keeping his memory alive at the tournament’s opening ceremony. A moment of silence was then observed to remember Past AOH New York State President John Egan, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident the previous day. John was a big supporter of the Sean Tallon Tournament and was planning on attending the event that day.
The day was filled with action and excitement as the young athletes competed in 3 Division Levels of Gaelic Football and 2 Division Levels of Hurling. The New York GAA Minor Board President, Denis Twomey, wished to thank all the Hibernians for supporting Irish Culture through promoting Gaelic Games for young people.
Thanks to all of the AOH County Boards and individual Divisions who have joined together to make this event a reality! The sponsoring AOH Units for 2015 are:
AOH Bronx County Board
AOH New York County Board
AOH Queens County Board
AOH Westchester County Board
AOH Division #5 Bronx
AOH Division #3 Bronx
AOH Division #4 Bronx
AOH Division #18 Peekskill
AOH Division #1 Yonkers
You can view pictures of all the action on the AOH New York State Board’s Flickr Social Media Site! Click the link below to view pictures from the tournament.