It was an action packed few days at Eisenhower Park as the annual American Continent Youth Championships took place from Monday to Sunday.
It was all county flags, sliotars and footballs in Long Island over the past four days as more than 150 teams competed for the chance to win their respective tournaments in football and hurling.
More than 15,000 players and spectators descended on Eisenhower Park, Long Island, to take part in the tournament, with teams from San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia and all over America coming to town to play.
Joe McDonagh, the former chairman of the GAA in Ireland and the organization’s current overseas officer, was also on hand to offer his help and support to all the teams.
The coveted Under 18 Boys’ Football final was taken by San Fran after they defeated St Barnabas by a score line of 1-17 to 2-9, while Boston took the B’s prize with a fine victory over Toronto.
San Fran won the U10 Hurling with a 4-0 to 1-1 victory against the home side New York, while in the U14 category it was Chicago who broke San Fran’s lucky streak by beating them 1-6 to 1-3.
The matches were played on over 10 different pitches. Before the tournament began the park’s executive said that: "I am proud that Nassau County will be hosting these games for the first time and welcome visitors to all that we have to offer here."
This year’s competition was the seventh Continental Youth Championship, a championship which is under the control of the North America County GAA Board, one of two county boards operating in the USA.