John Fitzgerald, the director of the award winning documentary 'The Emerald Diamond' has created a shorter version of the movie, designed to give first time viewers a taste of the piece, and a quick look at the recent history of baseball in Ireland. The Emerald Diamond, in its original format, is a 90-minute documentary about the Irish National Baseball Team, Baseball in Ireland on the whole, and a look into the history and the future of the game therein. The film's budget of $70,000 was financed on credit cards by the first-time filmmaker, and recieved universal critical acclaim.

The film debuted to a sold out crowd in New York on February 25, 2006 and has been seen in dozens of theaters across the United States since then. It has been featured by The New York Times, New York Post, FoxNews, National Public Radio and has also been covered extensively by the Irish media. Reuters came to Corcaigh Park, home of Irish Baseball, and reported the story as such.

Frank McNally of the Irish Times wrote this brilliant article after he had seen the Emerald Diamond at the Sugar Club in Dublin.

On November 12, 2006, "The Emerald Diamond" won the Critic's Choice Award at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY. The award was selected and presented by film critic Jeffrey Lyons.

Without further ado, here for your viewing pleasure is the shortened, edited version of The Emerald Diamond. It is a really enjoyable, funny and informative movie. if you do find yourself drawn to it, visit the links at the foot of this article to show your support. Enjoy!

The Emerald Diamond
For a Two minute preview trailer click here

Full 48 minute edited version

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