A sports ground in the Bronx, New York, is the place where tons of people have met with their Irish soulmate.
New York is notorious for its difficult dating scene as chronicled in many, many TV shows and movies such as Sex in the City. We’re betting that if Carrie and her friends had known our Irish trick to the trade, however, then the show very well could have ended a few seasons earlier with her moving out of Manhattan and into one of the most Irish neighborhoods in the Bronx.
We’re not sure how many pairs of Jimmy Choos you’ll see walking through Riverdale this weekend but you’ll certainly see plenty of GAA jerseys as Irish and Irish sports lovers from around the city (and even from other parts of the country!) trek in the direction of Gaelic Park to witness New York take on Leitrim in the first game of the GAA Connacht football championship.
While you may think that heading along to the St Patrick’s Day parade, joining Irish organizations or spending all your free time in the unending amount of Irish bars the city has to offer would be the best way to meet your Irish soulmate, we can promise that if you’re looking for grá (love) with an Irish man or woman, then Gaelic Park could be one of the best places you could visit.
Many local Irish-American kids could tell you how their parents met in Gaelic Park, the grounds used by the GAA in New York since 1926, and the community there is still thriving, with young and old coming out to see if it will finally be New York’s year this Sunday. In fact, some of those couples who first met in Gaelic Park may be turning out a little earlier in the day to see their kids lining out in the underage matches that will precede the main event.
For decades, this iconic grounds with its famous scoreboard resting up in front of the subway tracks has acted as the very best matchmaker that the Irish community in New York could need and you’ll find plenty of plenty of young men and women wearing their very best GAA shirts this Sunday in the hope of continuing that amazing tradition (or at the very least get the shift).
NY GAA Chair speaking at Gaelic Park, New York
NY GAA Chair speaking at Gaelic Park, New York We were live from Gaelic Park in New York speaking with Laurence McGrath, Chairperson of New York GAA.Posted by IrishCentral.com on Dé Luain, 16 Deireadh Fómhair 2017
The spirit of community of the GAA should always be celebrated, wherever it is in the world, but Gaelic Park, in particular, is special for the decades of happy memories and happy couples that it has created, for the long hours of chat after striking up a conversation with a stranger while watching a match or at the bar, and for the many people who have the GAA to thank for offering them up the opportunity to meet their own soulmate.
Long may it continue to do so!
Did you meet your significant other in Gaelic Park? Or did you meet your Irish better half in another place? Let us know your story in the comments section, below.
IrishCentral will be live from Gaelic Park on Sunday, May 6, at 2 pm when New York takes on Leitrim in the first game of the Connacht Football Championship. Whether you're there for the match or there for love, keep a look out for us and come say hello.