Hurling finds residence in New York’s unfamiliar territory

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

Tipperary compete in opposition to Kilkenny on the New York Hurling Basic 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 basically unfamiliar to People, regardless of having fun with widespread recognition in Eire.

Even so, Saturday’s New York Hurling Basic 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 de facto fairly an honor,” stated Kathleen O’Donnell, a primary technology Irish-American from White Plains, New York.

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

The New York Hurling Basic, hosted by the Gaelic Athletic Affiliation, noticed Kilkenny get revenge on Tipperary in a rematch of this 12 months’s All-Eire ultimate, earlier than keeping off Limerick to assert the highest prize in a Queens debut steeped in which 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 an alternative of 15, the match nonetheless delivered high-caliber motion.

“Whenever you’re Irish, you simply love all the things Irish,” stated Michael Kenny, a Tipperary fan whose grandfather performed for the group 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 wonderful.”

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

“An terrible lot of American, second technology Irish, should you like, which might be taking part in the sport right here which have by no means been to Eire, by no means been to see a sport of hurling in Eire,” stated 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, stated competing in entrance of Irish expats overseas has particular which means.

“It’s nice to come back to cities like this, Boston, New York and to have such a powerful Irish connection,” stated Murphy.

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

Reporting By Amy Tennery; Enhancing by Daniel Wallis