The New York Gaelic Athletic Association will march behind their own banner in the 2014 St Patrick's Day Parade up Fifth Avenue on March 17 for the first time since before the US entered World War II
The historic event coincides with the GAA's centenary year celebrations and ends an almost 73 years absence since the last time the association was directly represented at the showpiece event.
The St Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration Committee has announced that it is dedicating this year's parade to the GAA and it is expected that 400 members will march the route, representing both the counties and the local clubs.
Parade Chairman John T Dunleavy said “In the past 100 years the GAA has contributed so much to our community and to society in general. They have given us so many great leaders and athletes who have inspired us on and off the field. Their work with our youth is to be commended.
"The GAA are an important part of our heritage and culture and this year we are delighted to recognize their contribution to the United States and Ireland.”
NY GAA Chairman Liam Bermingham said "Our members have always enjoyed marching up Fifth Avenue as part of their respective roles in the community but there's an extra pride in being able to come together like this to celebrate 100 years of our Association's presence in the greater New York area.
“The modern GAA holds a special place in people's hearts now more than ever and it plays a particularly vital role in this region.”
The Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York was established in 1914. Evidence of the games being played in the city date back to the late 18th century.
There are over 40 clubs spread across the Tri State with teams competing in men's and ladies’ football, hurling and a thriving minor board.
Centenary celebrations will be officially launched later in March with a new website, a new sponsor, Navillus, and a new jersey for the county team which will take on Mayo in May.
Bermingham continued "There are many events planned for the year ahead including the launch of our centenary history book in April, the visit of All-Ireland champions Mayo to Gaelic Park in May and the Continental Youth Championships in July.
"When we look back on this historic year, we are certain to remember March 17 on Fifth Avenue as a highlight.”
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