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Our Weekend Fight Club: The Peach Cup

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This week, men and women from Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Greenville, Augusta, Knoxville, and Memphis all got up and went into work, just like normal. What’s not normal are the bandages, bruises, and braces underneath their business casual attire.

These bruised and battered warriors want you to ask about their injuries so they can tell you all about hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football. There’s no rule against it. They’re in the fight club that anyone can—and will—talk about.

How We Fight

Perhaps the first purpose of the GAA in America was simply to give Irish immigrants a place that felt like home. With more non-Irish now playing here than Irish-born, the purpose of the GAA in America has changed. Nowhere is this new mission more evident than right here in Nashville.

Our club, founded by John Watson and Anji Wall, exists to spread awareness of and appreciation for these Irish sports. That means everyone plays (small caveat here: our players have to be over the age of 18, unless they have permission from a parent who’s also willing to go to all the matches), regardless of age, fitness level, experience, nationality, or anything else, really. Our youngest member is 18, and our oldest is somewhere in his 60s. And our oldest member got out on that pitch this weekend to play the toughest team at the tournament; he got out there as often as he wanted to and played as long as he could.

Our ladies combined with St. Louis camogie, because the reason for attending the tournament was to simply play the sport they loved—not to see their names on a trophy. They were thrilled to wear Nashville shirts for their first match and St. Louis shirts for their second. When they missed out on winning the second game by two points, the euphoria was palpable.

Our fledgling Gaelic football team took five members along to join Memphis for a mega-team against Atlanta. Later in the afternoon, in order to get even more playing time, they took off their Tennessee jerseys and donned Atlanta shirts to help out their nemesis. The purpose wasn’t to win—it was to play.

And for the first time since the founding of the Nashville hurling squad, our guys won three rounds to go to the finals at the Peach Cup. It was a tough match, hard fought but eventually lost. And that’s okay, because the sheer joy of making the finals for the first time was enough to carry us to the after party with a spring in our step and a song in our hearts.

How We Keep Growing

Maybe we’ll shock the hell out of everyone in Ireland by saying that winning isn’t the club’s first priority. Of course, competition is important, and a trophy is an exciting possibility. The teams we send to tournaments pour their hearts and souls into playing the very best they can, all with dreams for a win.

Someday we’ll get there. That’s what it’s all about: the pursuit, the journey. Where you find out who you are and what you’re made of through the wins and losses.

And even when Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club reaches the point where we’re able to take home the trophy from a tournament, we’ll never sacrifice our beliefs and values for the sake of winning. We exist to spread awareness of and love for these Irish sports.

When we foster love for hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football, we grow. We become an even bigger family—one that supports every member, regardless of their ability. One that welcomes everyone to play and encourages everyone to be the best they can possibly be.

Nashville challenges every American club to adopt this mission. Teach love of the sport and not love of the trophy. Talk about your sprains, bruises, cuts, and scars around the water cooler at work. Encourage others to come out and join in the fun, regardless of their age, experience, or physical ability. Share your fight club with everyone you know, and then some.

Together, we can spark a true revolution.

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Inaugural Gaelic Football League Starts NEXT WEEK

And we’ll be playing INSIDE.

Don’t let the heat of the summer sun discourage you from picking up a new sport. Our first ever Gaelic football league starts on July 9, and we’re playing every match indoors.

The four-week season will take a break on July 15 so that those who want to go to Atlanta for the Peach Cup tournament can attend. That means the dates for the league are:

  • July 9
  • July 23
  • July 30
  • August 6

We have enough signed up to form three teams, so we’ll do a round robin each week. Winners will receive 2 points, ties will receive 1 point, and a loss results in 0. The team with the most points at the end of the season will be the champions.

Sign up now!

Training Sessions

If you’ve never played before, that’s okay. There’s still one more training session before the league starts, so you can get the basic rules down. Then join us every week throughout the league and beyond to continue honing your new skills.

Training sessions Thursday evenings at 6 pm until sundown. If you can’t be there right at 6, that’s ok! We’re all doing this for fun. We’d rather see you late than to not see you at all.

Sign up now!

Team and Jersey Reveal

To play in the league, you have to pay membership dues to the NGAC, plus the league fees. Membership is $20 for the year and gives you the privilege to vote at any club meetings, as well as the ability to travel with the club to tournaments. League fees are $40 and help cover the cost of our indoor facility and your snazzy new jersey.

You’ll learn who your team is and see your new jersey after training on July 6. We’ll all gather at our sponsor pub, East Nashville Beer Works for the big reveal. It’s a celebration, so you don’t want to miss it!

Support Our Sponsors

We welcome back East Nashville Beer Works as the first of our Gaelic football league sponsors. They’ve been incredibly supportive of the club, serving as one of our spring league sponsors for hurling.

We’re also grateful to One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, who have signed on as our corporate sponsor. Owner Mick is from the Mother Land, and he’s thrilled to support Irish culture as we spread it throughout Middle Tennessee.

Our brewery sponsor, Asgard Brewing Company, has joined on for the summer season, too. Though located in Columbia, TN, they’ve been excited about lending support to the club for months. We’re so honored and grateful for the support, and the delicious beer.

The Wrap-Up

When:

  • July 9
  • July 23
  • July 30
  • August 6

Matches start at 1 pm sharp, so be early enough to warm up on your own.

Where:

Boost Fitness Club

11 Vaughns Gap Rd, Nashville, TN 37205

Who:

Anyone over the age of 18 who wants to play Gaelic football, regardless of age, gender, experience, or fitness level. We’re home to everyone from age 18-64+, and everyone gets to play if they want to.

Why:

Because we’ve been playing hurling for four years now, and it was about damn time Gaelic football got its moment in Music City.

We’ll see you there!

Sign up now!

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All the News from the NGAC

NGAC News

The last month has been so busy for the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club that this poor blogger couldn’t keep up with it all. Instead of several posts, we’ll wrap up all the fun here in one big post.

Intro to Hurling Day

It seems that our planned intro days get rained out more often than not. This time, nature one-upped herself and sent snow. Our March 11 Intro to Hurling Day was quickly postponed to the next day, which was of course beautiful and mild.

We welcomed out a few new people, but we fear we may have missed out on a large crowd due to the last-minute postponement. For that reason, we’ve decided to never tell Mother Nature when our next intro day is. Instead, we’ll choose a week each month for beginners to come out and give Irish sports a try. Keep an eye on our events on the Facebook page to catch the next one.

Of course, you NEVER have to wait for an intro day. Beginners are welcome all the time, any time we have social events or training. Someone will always take time out to teach you the basics if you want to learn.

NGAC on Today in Nashville

If you missed our exultant cries of delight on social media, here’s the scoop: On St. Patrick’s Day, Nashville’s WSMV featured the club on their Today in Nashville show. We filmed the spot on March 10 (a day before the crazy snow) at Centennial Park, with two full hours of hurling and Gaelic football scrimmages that resulted in amazing shots from the production crew.

If you haven’t seen the segment yet, check it out below.

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Music City Invitational

Not publishing a write-up for this one was painful, but time kept marching on with more and more exciting things for Nashville GAC. On March 25, we welcomed clubs from all over America to play in a hurling and camogie tournament that lasted all day.

Opening ceremonies, led by Liam Barry, included remarks from club chairman Ryan Buckley, the American national anthem by Jennifer Barry, and the Irish national anthem by Caleb Harper. We were also very fortunate to enjoy Irish fiddle music from Dr. Ron Bombardi as we set up the fields.

Nashville split into two teams—Green and Gold—with Green winning its first match over Indy B. Gold fell to Knoxville but rallied well in their consolation match. Green played Coastal Virginia in the second round and were defeated. Still, it was an exciting day with enough proof for these players to know they’ve grown enormously in skill over the past four years.

The day ended with Atlanta A taking home the Wall Cup for camogie, and Indy A took home the Watson Cup for hurling. We presented the trophies at our afters celebrations with sponsors Smith & Lentz Brewing in East Nashville. It was an amazing day, and we already look forward to next year.

Spring League 2017

Our spring league registration topped out at 45 players, some pretty exciting growth after eight seasons. Each of the three teams has 15 players, and we bumped up play to 11-a-side, with 25-minute halves.

Our sponsors this season have been announced, but if you missed the posts, take a look at the incredible jerseys below, with sponsors East Nashville Beer Works, Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace, and Quore proudly and gratefully displayed.

The season officially started April 2, but it’s not too late to get in on the action. If you sign up by April 23, our third match of the season, you can be placed on a team. After that, you’ll have to wait until the fall.

Of course, we also travel to tournaments in the summer, so go ahead and join up anyway so you’ll be ready to play for Nashville GAC when we head to our first competition.

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The Ben & Morey Show

This all brings us to last night, when Benjy Flynn and Britti Himelfarb represented the club on live, late-night talk show The Ben & Morey Show. If you haven’t heard of Ben and Morey, look them up. If you haven’t been to a show, make a point to head over to the Performing Arts Center at Centennial Park on a Thursday night.

Ben and Britti represented the club with pride and a lot of humor. They both had the crowd in stitches with their quick wit, but they also managed to convey their serious love for Irish sports. The club Instagram has a few images from the evening, and we hope to soon post the full interview.

If you met any of us at the show, please feel free to reach out with questions. You can also join us for intro sessions, trainings, or just to watch a match. Our Facebook page has an event schedule with all the latest information, or you can check the calendar here on the website.

This Sunday is week 2 of the spring league. We’d love to see you out there at 3135 Heartland Drive in Donelson!

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Music City Invitational Tournament

The 2017 Music City Invitational will take place on March 25. This year, the Nashville GAC has invited teams from as far away as Colorado to the West and Charleston to the East, Chicago to the North and Orlando to the South. We hope everyone can come out for a great day of hurling and camogie.

The games start at 9 am at 1200 County Hospital Rd in Nashville. We’ll have food on-site, so bring out the whole family to enjoy the day!

Check out more information on our Facebook event page.

 

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Meet Our 2017 Spring League Sponsors!

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We are so excited and grateful to announce our sponsors for 2017 Spring League! We hope you’ll support them as they’re supporting us, by visiting their websites, saying hi on social media, and–if you have a few extra dollars–with a purchase or two.

Corporate Sponsor

Quore Hotel Software

Supporting us for a second season, Quore hotel management software enjoyed sponsoring our Fall League 2016 victors. Quore is changing the way the hospitality industry provides service, and we’re excited to wear their logo every Sunday for our matches.

Pub Sponsor

Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace

Also supporting for a second season is Homegrown Taproom and Marketplace. We enjoy visiting Homegrown in Donelson after every other Sunday match for delicious food and a huge selection of craft beer. Thanks, Homies!

Brewery Sponsor

East Nashville Beer Works

We’re so excited to announce our newest sponsor for 2017: East Nashville Beer Works. We’ve already enjoyed their handmade pizzas and amazing beer at jersey reveals and board meetings, so it’s awesome to make this relationship official.

If all of this isn’t exciting enough, there’s more! Each team will have a new jersey design, with Azzurri providing the goods. We’ve seen them. They’re amazing. If you haven’t signed up for the league yet, you better get on that. You don’t want to miss out on one of these jerseys.

We’re also bringing back team nicknames the Ports, Leesiders, and Blue Notes. We want to always give our sponsors the appreciation and recognition they deserve, but we have to hang onto our roots, too. We’ll let you know which team gets which nickname at the jersey reveal.

Exciting stuff for the NGAC! Baile Ceol Abù!

 

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Governor’s Proclamation Declares March 25, 2017, Tennessee Irish Sports Day

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Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed March 25, 2017, Irish Sports Day in Tennessee. The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club (NGAC), founded by John Watson and Anji Wall in 2013, was the first of its kind in the state.

Gaelic sports quickly spread to Memphis with former NGAC members Jesse Gammons and Eric Vick. Soon after, a club formed in Knoxville, spearheaded by Chief Patrick Harvel, head of the 321st Army Engineer Unit, as a supplement to the Unit’s monthly physical fitness training.

The month of March turns attention to the Irish in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, but these clubs keep Irish history and culture at the forefront throughout the year. While many Americans have yet to discover the ancient games of hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football, which have been played for thousands of years, most are familiar with derivatives soccer, field hockey, and American football.

The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club will celebrate this proclamation with a tournament of Irish sports on March 25, 2017. Music City will play host to clubs from all across North America, from Colorado to South Carolina, and from Canada to Atlanta. Anyone interested in attending the tournament is encouraged to do so; the event is free of charge and family friendly. Details will soon be released on the club website.

Club membership is open to anyone over the age of eighteen (18). Any skill and fitness level are welcome; no experience with sports of any kind is required. The club furnishes all equipment for beginners, so interested parties should bring only athletic clothes and shoes, plenty of water, and excitement for a new sport.

Read the proclamation at http://tnsos.net/publications/proclamations/files/1153.pdf.

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16 Irish Events to Attend in Nashville in March

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Maybe February 10 is too soon to start talking about how we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Or maybe it’s our favorite holiday of the year, so we start thinking about it and planning for it all year long. It’s probably the second one. If that’s how you feel, too, then you’ll love these Irish events going on all over Nashville during the month of March. You may also appreciate the advance notice so you can get tickets before they sell out.

Some of these are part of the Music City Irish Fest, and you can keep up with that calendar on the festival website. We’re also running a giveaway for one of the events, so keep your eyes on this page to make sure you don’t miss your chance to win.

March 1 – Altan at the Franklin Theatre

This band from Donegal is considered an icon of traditional Irish music. To enjoy an evening of Irish jigs and reels, visit the website and get your tickets soon!

March 2-4 – Irish Film Festival at Watkins College

See some of the most popular Irish movies, including Leap Year, Brooklyn, Waking Ned Devine, and Jimmy’s Hall. (We might ask where The Wind That Shakes the Barley and The Commitments are in this list, but it’s still a good selection). It’s free to the public!

March 6 – TenX9 Storytelling at Douglas Corner Café

Nine people tell nine stories of ten minutes in length. The theme of the night is “Anything Irish,” so prepare to laugh, cry, and rage, as you’re entertained with real stories of Irish joy, struggle, and triumph. Or maybe just a funny story about a lad in a pub.

March 7 – Scots Irish Genealogy Event

Want to learn more about your heritage? Visit The Hermitage and discover your Irish and Scots Irish roots. Costs vary according to the activities you enjoy during the day. Learn more about it at the Hermitage’s website.

March 7-8 – Sharon Shannon at McNamara’s

Two nights of traditional Irish music from Shannon Sharon of County Clare, Ireland. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased through the McNamara’s website.

March 9-11 – The Chieftains at The Schermerhorn

Perhaps one of the best known traditional music acts in Ireland right now, The Chieftains tickets are known to sell out quickly, even with multiple shows. Get your tickets now at The Schermerhorn website.

March 11 – Introduction to Irish Sports with the NGAC

The NGAC will host a day of Irish sports for anyone who wants to join. Learning hurling and Gaelic football. If you love it, you can even join the club! Open to any and all over the age of 18, regardless of skill level or current athletic ability.

March 11 – Main Street Brewfest in Franklin

The 14th annual brewfest is a big part of Irish fun. Enjoy Celtic performers and Irish cheer as you sip on some of the best local and craft beer available. Tickets are required, and they sell out quickly. Get them here!

March 12-13 – The Final Days of Wolfe Tone at TPAC

This award-winning play tells the story of Ireland’s foremost rebel from the 1798 Irish rebellion. We’ll be giving tickets away to three lucky winners, but if you don’t want to take a chance on missing out, you can get tickets right now at the TPAC website.

March 14 – Traditional Irish Session at McNamara’s

Grab your instrument and join in as locals and guests play traditional music all evening. We gather there’ll be some room for dancing, too.

March 15 – Andrew Jackson’s 250th Birthday

Celebrate the 7th president’s Irish heritage at The Hermitage. The people of The Hermitage have been great friends to us over the past two years as we introduced hurling to the Highland Games. We reckon it’s because Old Hickory was Irish.

March 16 – Whiskey and Golf at the Sounds Stadium

Do you like whiskey? Do you like putt-putt golf? Then this is the evening for you! Just don’t party too hard on the course, because you have to save yourself for the big day!

March 17 – Party at McNamara’s

Enjoy a full day of Irish food, music, dancing, and fun at McNamara’s Irish Pub in Donelson. There’s a cover charge, so come prepared. The party lasts from 10 am to midnight. You’ll probably see a few of us there!

March 18-19 – Celtic Rhythms on Fire with the Nashville Irish Step Dancers

Enjoy beautiful and passionate Irish dance these two days during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. These tickets do sell quickly, so be sure to grab yours as soon as possible.

March 25 – Music City Invitational Tournament

Watch hurling, camogie, and maybe some Gaelic football as friends from clubs all over North America come to compete for the Music City Cup. The fun starts at 9 am and goes all day, including an after party. More info on that soon, so keep an eye on this page!

New events may crop up as plans are finalized. We’ll update with another post if that happens. For now, start marking your calendars so you can make it to everything!

 

**Edit 2/15 – The East Nashville St. Patrick’s Day Festival will not occur this year. It has been removed from the list. I know; we’ll miss it, too.

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Meet Your 2017 Nashville GAC Board Members

2017 NGAC board members

The board works hard behind the scenes to keep the Nashville GAC rolling throughout the year. We’re here to help you, but first you have to know who to turn to, right?

Chair: Ryan Buckley

Buckley, also known to some as Tim and to others as Ryan, is serving his second year as Chairman. He’s had a long love affair with Irish sports after discovering them while traveling abroad in college. He returned from Ireland and started the MTSU hurling club, which provided support in numbers and skill when the Nashville GAC was created.

He’s a web developer by trade and donated his considerable skill to the Nashville GAC. He also provides graphic design for all marketing materials and developed the club’s brand. When he’s not hurling, he’s probably building rustic farmhouse furniture with his wife, Molly.

You can reach out to him when have fundraising ideas, sponsorship recommendations, or you have a friend who’s interested in Irish sports and wants to learn more.

Vice Chair: Liam Barry

In his home of Cork City, Liam stopped playing hurling at the ripe old age of eight. He started again at age thirty-eight when he joined the Nashville GAC just one month after the first training was held at Centennial Park. He’s served on the board in some capacity ever since, first as Registrar, and then as Vice Chair and interim Secretary.

His day job as Director of IT Operations means he approaches everything with his considerable analytical brain, but he’s also the first to crack open a beer or just crack everyone up with his quick wit. When he’s not playing hurling, he’s either at a board meeting, watching Manchester United with the supporter’s club at Franklin Abbey, or traveling with his wife, Jen.

Fun fact about Liam? His first wife became a nun.

You can contact Liam if you want to serve on a committee or otherwise provide your talents for the growth and support of the club.

Secretary: Danny Espensen

Danny found hurling after coming out to give Gaelic football a try. After kicking around a little bit, he picked up a hurl and hasn’t looked back. One of the newest members of the club, he’s also one of our most passionate. He says he doesn’t remember life before hurling, but it must have been pretty terrible. Except, of course, for his wife, Sarah, who makes everything pretty great.

As a lawyer, Danny brings a great deal of organization to the role of secretary. He also pitches in to make sure we always have our backsides covered. He’s a smart guy.

You can reach out to Danny if you ever want to receive information about board meetings or see the minutes of the meetings.

Treasurer: Rayne Leonard

Also serving her second year on the board, Rayne serves as our treasurer. She keeps the money matters on point while also devising new ways to make paying dues and keeping records easier for everyone involved. She’s a brain. A big one.

Rayne, who grew up right here in Tennessee in a Scots Irish family, is a genomics research associate by day (See? Brain.), and when she’s not on the pitch, she can be found in a kayak, rock climbing, or hiking. During her first trip to Ireland, Rayne wasn’t too impressed with the weather. When temps hit 90 degrees in October in Nashville, she realized there might be a draw to the cool mist at the Cliffs of Moher after all.

Reach out to Rayne if you need to pay your club dues or if you want to make a donation to keep the club going and growing.

Registrar: Ryan Culligan

Nashville gained a gem when Louisville native decided to make Middle Tennessee home. As another of the NGAC’s newest members, Ryan has shown immense enthusiasm for Irish sports. He still likes to cheer on U of L whenever any of their sports teams play, though.

A bourbon enthusiast (can anyone from Kentucky not be a bourbon enthusiast?), Ryan spends time away from his job as a research analyst in pubs, probably enjoying bourbon and the occasional pub quiz. If he’s not on the pitch or in a pub—a pretty rare occasion—he’s reading sci-fi books or on a hike.

See Ryan if you haven’t filled out your registration forms and waivers before playing in spring and fall leagues.

Games Development: Brendan Rauer

Brendan Rauer joined the Nashville GAC within 48 hours of moving to Nashville three years ago. A Minnesota native, he honed his sports skills playing ice hockey and even played in the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament. He didn’t learn to play hurling until he moved to Milwaukee and joined the enormous club there.

Named after Brendan Behan, the famed Irish rebel and playwright, Rauer feels a deep connection to Irish culture. He’s a carpenter by trade, a builder of stunning cabinetry. When he’s not working or hurling, he loves hiking and enjoying live music.

If you’d like to be involved in training, developing, or otherwise supporting hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, or youth programs, Brendan is the man to talk to.

Member at Large: Chris Davis

Chris also came to the Nashville GAC by way of the hurling club at MTSU, where he is a PhD student. He teaches microbiology and shuffles colorless liquids around different vials day to day. When he’s not teaching or playing hurling, Chris has an array of hobbies that keep him busy and, most likely, awake at all hours, including gaming, rugby, cooking, Asian cinema, painting, trying to sing (probably at Santa’s Pub), and philosophy.

He’s passionate about Irish sports, and this shows through his creative curse words on the pitch as well as his encouragement to newcomers. He’s approachable and quick-witted, the perfect combination for a Member at Large.

When you have suggestions, comments, questions, or even complaints about the NGAC, talk to Chris. He’ll do his best to make sure you’re always heard.

PR and Marketing: Jen Barry

Jen spends her days freelance marketing and ghostwriting for various clients and then brings that skill to the NGAC after hours. She’s the only non-playing member on the board and has been since the earliest days of the club.

She has an operatic background, something she only uses on rare occasion at karaoke bars. When she’s not writing words for her clients or the NGAC, she publishes books for teens and young adults (and then crosses her fingers and says a little prayer that someone will buy them). She also loves to travel, especially to her husband’s home country of Ireland, though Vegas and New Orleans also hold special places in her heart.

Talk to Jen if you have publicity connections or want to help get the word out on social media. She’d also welcome fun blog topics, interview subjects, and any other assistance you might want to give on spreading the word about Irish sports and culture in Nashville.

So, that’s your 2017 board. Don’t be shy! Let us know if you can help, or if we can help you.

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Contest: Win Tickets to See Christmas with the Celts at City Winery Nashville!

NGAC Giveaway Christmas with The Celts
City Winery Nashville is offering four pair of tickets to Christmas With The Celts through the NGAC, and you could win one! Four lucky winners will be chosen to receive two tickets to the show Thursday, December 22 at 8 pm. First, you have to do something for us… Each requirement comes with multiple entries, for a total of 17 chances to win if you complete them all. The contest is LIVE now until Monday at midnight!
 
The Celts mix lively traditional Irish music and instrumentation with American pop music and their own originals. Don’t miss these top-flight musicians play traditional holiday songs uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, five-string bass, drums and of course, the crowd pleasing Irish dancers. Celebrate the holidays at City Winery Nashville with the Celts on Thursday 12/22!
 
If you don’t win (or don’t want to play), you can visit the City Winery Nashville website to buy tickets. We hope to see you all there!

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Annual General Meeting and Holiday Party Wrap-Up

AGM Inception We held our Annual General Meeting on December 10, 2016, and followed immediately after with our holiday party. During the meeting, we elected some new board members, re-elected others to their same position, and sadly said goodbye to a few who stepped down to pursue other activities within the club. Now we look forward to an exciting 2017!

2017 Board Members

Chairperson: Ryan Buckley

Vice Chairperson: Liam Barry

Secretary: Danny Espensen

Treasurer: Rayne Leonard

Registrar: Ryan Culligan

Games Development Officer: Brendan Rauer

Member at Large: Chris Davis

PR and Marketing Officer: Jen Barry

We thank our outgoing 2016 board members for their service: Molly Buckley, Registrar; Molly Bombardi-Mount, Secretary; Aaron Joley, Member at Large.

Awards and Special Recognition

Club Member of the Year: Brendan Rauer

The Club Member of the Year is traditionally a player that goes above and beyond with their commitment to the club. Brendan Rauer was consistently 2 hours early for every match, lining fields, flying flags, and creating a festive sporting atmosphere. Outside of matches, he welcomed all new faces at training and puck arounds, volunteering his time to teach the basics. We can’t say “thank you” enough.

Spirit of the NGAC Award: Ben Flynn

Our Spirit of the NGAC Award was added this year to honor a member who embodies what the NGAC is all about. Anyone who has met Ben knows he has a real passion for this club, and it shows through his garrulous personality, his encouragement, his teasing, his endless nicknames for everyone he meets, and his absolute zeal for all things Gaelic sports. We’re lucky he found us!

Rising Star Female: Emily Rodriguez

Rising Star Male: Danny Espensen

Most Improved Female: Virginia Poole

Most Improved Male: Ryan Culligan

Player of the Year Female: Britti Himmelfarb

Player of the Year Male: Chris “Chris Davis” Davis

Superlatives

Most Original Curse Words: Ben Flynn

Most Likely to Be Late: Caleb Harper

Most Likely to Wear a Dirty Jersey: Corbett Ouellette

Most Likely to Ask a Girl to Prom: Chase Quirk

Loudest Spectator: Amy “Chase’s Mom” Quirk

Most Dedicated Spectator: Lee Ann Lambdin

Most Dedicated Rookie: Danny Espensen

Least Likely to Pass a Breathalyzer at the Pitch: Doug Shaughnessy

Most Likely to Retire After This Season: Aaron Joley

Most Likely to Be Spotted at the Pub: David Smith

Most Likely to Go to the Hospital: Brendan “Oak” Reynolds

Best Referee: Renee Anzivino