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Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club Joins Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival

The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club (Nashville GAC) will join the Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival on September 12, 2015. The games, which will be held at The Hermitage, include our own Irish hurling, stone put, caber toss, sheaf toss, and hammer throw. Nearly 5,000 athletes and spectators are expected to attend.

Hurling, a fast-paced, high-scoring field game, is the national sport of Ireland, where it is predominantly played, but is also found in parts of the world where Irish immigrants settled. The game is not entirely unfamiliar to Scotland and her descendants, who may know a similar competition called shinty. While many Americans have yet to discover the ancient game, which has been played for over three thousand years, most are familiar with derivatives hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and even golf.

Nashville GAC will conduct several skills clinics throughout the day. All are welcome to learn the basics of the game, regardless of experience and even athletic ability. The focus of these clinics is to demonstrate the history and skill of the game while instilling a deep appreciation of Celtic culture within Nashville area residents. At 1:00 pm, the club will split into two teams and play a high-energy exhibition match.

The day will include so much more than highland games, too. Enjoy the Parade of Tartans, a various pipes and drum bands, highland dancers, and even a “bonniest knees” competition. More information can be found on the Highland Games website at http://www.midtenngames.com. Club members who are interested in participating in the skills clinics and exhibition matches should contact Corbett Ouellette as soon as possible.

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