The biggest GAA gathering outside of Ireland is currently underway at the Irish Cultural Centre in the town of Canton, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Boston Northeast Division in partnership with GAAGo, the finals take place over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
From the Cayman Islands to Canada and Seattle to San Jose, 120 teams have traveled to Boston to challenge for the national title in men’s and ladies Gaelic football, Hurling, and Camogie. Junior competitions begin today to whittle the field down to the semi-finalists which play Saturday, and the finals in all grades and competitions take place Sunday.
The complex is in spectacular shape thanks to the herculean efforts of Boston Northeast Chairman, John Cunningham and the organizing committee, and volunteers. There are five fields in play, all in immaculate shape and adjacent to each other, making for a great atmosphere of community and sport.
GAA President, Liam O’Neill, President Elect, Aoghan O’Fearghuil, and Camogie Chairperson Aileen Lawlor, traveled from Ireland to witness the progress of Gaelic games in the United States and Canada at its showcase event. They are sure to be impressed with the level of interest and the passion that native born Americans bring to the games, and work and organization that is put into the sports amongst the exiles living in North America.
From the junior C hurlers of Worcester and Concord NH to the senior footballers and hurlers of Tir na nOg, Shannon Blues, and Fr. Tom’s, hopes are high among the Boston teams of capturing a national championship on home turf. Competition is stiff and there is sure to plenty of drama and excitement in store this weekend.
The Irish Cultural Center is located on New Boston Drive, which is off Route 138 in Canton, Mass. For a full schedule of games, results, and updates, check out www.bostongaa.com or visit Facebook/Boston Northeast GAA