Ireland's GAA hurling teams have made many visits to the Big Apple, but they'll appear on Citi Field for the first time ever during the New York Hurling Classic on November 16.
Irish hurling will be on display on November 16 as four GAA teams will battle it out at Citi Field in Queens, but it’s not the first time that hurling has graced the Big Apple.
British Pathe has shared this amazing footage of the Limerick GAA hurling team taking on the New York-based hurling team on the hallowed grounds of Yankee Stadium in 1936.
The historic footage, which unfortunately does not include sound, features the Limerick hurling team posing as a group on the pitch, as well as longshots of the match and the crowds in the grandstands.
British Pathe notes that M. Mackey and T. Ryan scored for Limerick, and the final score was 16 points to 9 points, with Limerick as the victors.
You can watch the amazing footage here:
New York Hurling Classic
Co Limerick will again be represented in New York City on November 16 as they join the senior GAA hurling teams from Kilkenny, Wexford, and 2019 Senior Hurling All-Ireland Champions Tipperary for the New York Hurling Classic at Citi Field.
The four teams will be competing for the Players Champions Cup, which was introduced during a similar event at Boston’s Fenway Park in 2015.
“The New York Hurling Classic will be a tremendous showcase for our sport and should excite every fan in attendance. Special events like this are important as we continue to grow the game and bring hurling to new audiences," said GAA President John Horan.
In addition to the hurling tournament, the event will feature an Irish festival complete with music and dancing. You can learn more about the New York Hurling Classic at Citi Field, and purchase tickets, online here.
What is hurling?
Hurling is an ancient Irish sport that is widely believed to be the world’s oldest field game, hurling combines agility, strength, and intensity, earning it the reputation as the “fastest game on grass” among its loyal and passionate followers.
Hurlers use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar (pronounced slitter) between the opponents’ goalposts either over the crossbar (1 point) or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper (3 points). For the New York Hurling Classic, the teams will play a modified version of hurling called “Super 11s” which reduces the pitch to 11 players and the only way to score is under the crossbar into the net.
Come check out hurling for yourself at New York City's Citi Field on November 16 - tickets and information available here.