Hurling finds residence in New York’s unfamiliar territory


NEW YORK (Information) – The hard-charging, fast-moving warrior sport of hurling made its Citi Area debut on Saturday, in a three-match event that introduced rivalries and Irish pleasure to the fore.

Tipperary compete in opposition to Kilkenny on the New York Hurling Traditional at Citi Area in Queens, New York, U.S. November 16, 2019. Information/Amy Tennery

An amalgam of a number of sports activities, together with area hockey and lacrosse, hurling traces its historical past again hundreds of years however is essentially unfamiliar to Individuals, regardless of having fun with widespread recognition in Eire.

Even so, Saturday’s New York Hurling Traditional discovered a welcoming viewers on the residence of Main League Baseball’s New York Mets, which has performed host to occasions starting from cricket to Girl Gaga.

“To come back to a venue like this and to see groups from Eire come and play … is basically fairly an honor,” mentioned Kathleen O’Donnell, a primary era Irish-American from White Plains, New York.

“It simply actually places the game on the map in a method possibly for an American consciousness.”

The New York Hurling Traditional, hosted by the Gaelic Athletic Affiliation, noticed Kilkenny get revenge on Tipperary in a rematch of this 12 months’s All-Eire last, earlier than keeping off Limerick to say the highest prize in a Queens debut steeped in that means for lots of the 11,214 followers in attendance.

Performed on a smaller-than-usual pitch extra suited to summer time baseball, with modified scoring and 11 males per aspect as a substitute of 15, the event nonetheless delivered high-caliber motion.

“If you’re Irish, you simply love every little thing Irish,” mentioned Michael Kenny, a Tipperary fan whose grandfather performed for the workforce earlier than emigrating to America in 1929.

“I don’t assume there’ll ever be an Irish hurling league in the USA however particular occasion like this in the USA will at all times be superb.”

Limerick supervisor John Kiely known as the competitors “once-in-a-lifetime stuff.”

“An terrible lot of American, second era Irish, in the event you like, which can be taking part in the sport right here which have by no means been to Eire, by no means been to see a recreation of hurling in Eire,” mentioned Kiely. “It means an terrible lot to these folks.”

Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy, who placed on a defensive masterclass to maintain at bay upstart Limerick, mentioned competing in entrance of Irish expats overseas has particular that means.

“It’s nice to return to cities like this, Boston, New York and to have such a robust Irish connection,” mentioned Murphy.

“I had two brothers dwelling in Sydney, I’ve a sister dwelling in London, so that you kind of know the way a lot residence means to folks.”

Reporting By Amy Tennery; Enhancing by Daniel Wallis