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Where to Find the Nashville GAC

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Our friends in the Indianapolis GAA wear shirts that read, “We hurl and then we drink!” across the back—a humorous retort to the oft-quipped (and groan-worthy) remark when we tell people about hurling, “Oh, I usually hurl on Friday nights after a long night of drinking.”

Hurling, the game, is why the Nashville GAC exists, but the social aspect of the club is also a big part of who we are. In fact, we have several “social” members, who joined just for the craic (good times). It’s an Irish sport, after all.

You may have even seen us around town. We’re sometimes a little loud, telling stories about glory on the pitch (playing field) during the latest match (game). We’re definitely partaking in a frosty beverage of sorts. And we’re probably hoping to catch your eye so we can tell you all about our sport.

So where do we like to hang out?

The Harp and the Fiddle

Located on Demonbreun Street at the end of Nashville’s famed “Music Row,” The Harp and the Fiddle is an authentic Irish Pub offering Irish and American food paired with Irish beer and craft beers. We like to hang out there after our matches on Sundays to take advantage of their $6.00 shepherd’s pie and half price beers.

If you go, be sure to try fish and chips or shepherd’s pie paired with a nice pint of Guinness. Then find our picture on the wall underneath the crossed hurleys.

Kavanagh’s

Tom and Ann Kavanagh opened their pub right around the same time with started the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club. Located in Mt. Juliet, the family friendly pub serves a fine shepherd’s pie made with lamb along with many other authentic Irish offerings. It’s a warm and welcoming place with a great dart room and live Irish music every night. Nashville GAC clubman, Caleb Harper, sings once a week.

If you go, be sure to try the “hog wings,” and get Tom to tell you tall tales about growing up in Dublin, Ireland.

The Beer Pale

Open for just over a year in the booming corridor along Charlotte Avenue in West Nashville, the Beer Pale offers a rotating selection of craft beers. Their food menu offers a nice selection of sandwiches, salads, and appetizers, many of which feature meat from Porter Road Butcher, another fine local establishment. Be sure to try to Porter Road Butcher hot dogs, and make your way there on Friday Night for pit master Kent Birdwell of Bight of the Bend BBQ’s unbelievably good smoked ribs, chicken, and brisket. You’ll find us there on Thursday nights after training for our post-practice social.

If you go, be sure to bring an empty beer growler. The Beer Pale is licensed to fill growlers to go, so you can find a brew you like and take some home.

Homegrown

Located in Donelson, very near where we play our matches, Homegrown is a taproom and growler fill spot. Visitors will find a relaxing atmosphere that encourages patrons to get to know one another. Grab a seat at their long high-top table and get to know your neighbors while sipping on a nice frosty beverage from their rotating beer menu.

If you go, be sure to try the Bacon Popcorn, or if you want something more authentically southern, order up some pimento cheese and crackers.

Of course, on odd nights you’ll find us at other spots in Nashville, dropping in on The Hop Stop or Village Pub in East Nashville and Blackstone Brewery on West End, but we’re die-hard fans of the pubs that support us in return. If you see us out and about, say hi. We’d love to tell you about Irish hurling and maybe buy you a pint.

By John Watson

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Places You Might Find the Nashville GAC During the Week

The Parks and Pubs We Call Home

by Jameson Hurley

where the nashville gac playsThe Nashville Gaelic Athletic club held their first hurling demonstration on April 20, 2013 in Centennial Park, with the goal of introducing Nashville to the traditional sports of Ireland. Centennial Park is the crown jewel of the Metro Parks system, and it features a life-sized replica of ancient Greece’s Parthenon. Hurlers still gather on Thursdays from March to October, 6:00 to sundown to teach and play our ancient game. Beginners are most certainly welcome to join in and learn this fast paced, high scoring, thrilling field sport.

Have you seen hurling? Do you want to give it a try? Did you come to the Thursday evening puck around and catch the bug? The club holds introductory sessions and practice each weekend at parks around Nashville. Green Hills Park, Richland Park, and West Park are recent stomping grounds, and currently we can be found on Saturdays from 11:00-1:00 at South Inglewood Park in East Nashville. We have spare equipment if you want to give it a go.

The body must be cared for, and what better way to replenish vital nutrients then to head to the pub for a pint of the good stuff after training? “Afters” take place at revolving locations. One of our favorites is Kavanagh’s Irish Pub. Tom and Ann Kavanagh opened their doors in Mt. Juliet right around the same time we started the club. They have authentic Irish food, and Tom is certified by Guinness to pour the “perfect pint.” Live music, darts, and hurleys on the wall top off this authentic Irish experience.

When we want to stay closer to the training grounds, we head to some of our other favorite watering holes. You’ll often find us telling tall tales and licking our wounds at Blackstone Brewery, Boscos, 12 South Tap Room, and M.L. Rose. Wherever we are, though, we’re always eager to talk about the sports we love, so come on down and join us.

South of Nashville, the Middle Tennessee State University Wolfhounds have been hurling since 2011. If you are in Murfeesboro, you should look them up, and after a practice in the ‘Boro, you can head to O’Possum’s pub, their official club sponsor.

For more information about the club, visit our website, like us on Facebook, or contact us at nasvhillegac@gmail.com.