Last Monday, September 14, 2015, the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club sat down to lunch with several special guests from Ireland, including the Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport, Paschal Donohoe. Other esteemed guests present included the CEO of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons, and Consul General for the Southeast Shane Stephens.
Our lunch was provided by Quinn O’Sullivan, owner of Dan McGuiness Irish Pub. As we dined on southern favorites like fried chicken, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and green beans, Mr. Donahoe asked the club about our plans to help grow the GAA in the United States, and particularly in the Southeast. We had an unprecedented chance to give our thoughts and help work toward greater support from the Irish sports organization.
After lunch, we presented Mr. Donohoe with his own Nashville GAC jersey, which he wore with pride for several photographs. Check out all the pictures below.
The story didn’t end there. That same evening, three delegates from the hurling club were invited to a Tourism Ireland cocktail party at the Hermitage Hotel. John Watson, Liam Barry, and Jennifer Barry rubbed elbows with business owners who have distinct Irish connections while watching the world-famous Willis Clan sing and dance.
It was a great day for hurling in Nashville, for growing Irish culture and sports in the United States, and for drinking whiskey with some pretty important Irish people. We’re still on cloud nine.