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Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club To Introduce Gaelic Football to Music City

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The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club is pleased to announce that, along with hurling and camogie, a new Irish sport will now be played in Music City. Through the efforts of the board members and Gaelic football organizer Marilee Murray, this ancient sport of Gaelic football has found a new home.

Marilee Murray comes to the Nashville GAC from the Detroit St. Anne’s Gaelic Football Club, one of the oldest and most respected ladies’ football clubs in the United States. She brings with her passion and expertise, which she has eagerly agreed to share with Nashville residents who want to learn the sport. The introductory session will be held at 4:00 pm on July 9, 2016, at 3135 Heartland Drive in Nashville.

Gaelic football, a fast-paced, high-scoring field game, is one of the national sports of Ireland, where it is predominantly played, but is also found in parts of the world where Irish immigrants settled. While many Americans have yet to discover the ancient game, which has been played for thousands of years, most are familiar with derivatives soccer and American football. The Nashville club was founded in 2013 and has grown to include more than fifty members in a short time. It is the hope of all that anyone interested in Irish culture and usual sports will discover the club and become a member.

Club membership is open to anyone over the age of eighteen (18), though plans for a youth organization are forthcoming. 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. Express your interest on our Facebook event page.

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Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club To Host 2nd Annual Music City Invitational Irish Sports Tournament

The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club (Nashville GAC) will host the 2nd Annual Music City Invitational Irish sports tournament on April 2, 2016. Teams from the Midwest and Southeast will compete in hurling and camogie for a shot at the trophy. The tournament will take place between 9 am and 4 pm at Heartland Fields in Donelson, and the general public is invited to watch.

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. Camogie is the game for women, with slightly adapted rules. 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 welcome players from Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Knoxville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Indianapolis, IN; New Orleans, LA; Akron, OH; Raleigh, NC. The teams will play at least three matches each throughout the day, with winners playing four or more. Food and drink will be available for sale at the fields, as well as commemorative items, including T-shirts and pint glasses with the Nashville team crest.

The day will begin with performances of the American and Irish National Anthems, words from our founder John Watson, and music from bagpipers. A celebration, trophy presentation, and social gathering for teams and fans will take place at 7 pm that evening.

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Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club To Join Music City Irish Fest Celebrations

NASHVILLE, TN – The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club (Nashville GAC), a co-ed Irish sports organization, will be very present and visible at this year’s Music City Irish Fest. The Irish Fest will take place from 11 am to 11 pm on March 12, 2016, on Demonbreun Hill in Downtown Nashville. During last year’s inaugural festival, the Nashville GAC volunteered in a beer tent and met many of the revelers. This year, the Irish sports and culture organization will occupy their own booth, in addition to their beer-serving responsibilities.

The Nashville GAC booth will feature video highlights of Irish teams and the Nashville club in action. Friendly and enthusiastic members will be available to demonstrate some of the easier skills and answer any questions visitors may have. Festival attendees are also welcome to stop any of the club members throughout the day to discuss the games. Members may be recognized by their bright jerseys in the club colors of gold and green.

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. While many Americans have yet to discover the ancient game, which has been played for nearly three thousand years, most are familiar with derivatives hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and even golf. The Nashville club was founded in 2013 and has grown to include more than fifty members in a short time. It is the hope of all that anyone interested in Irish culture and usual sports will discover the club and become a member.

Club membership is open to anyone over the age of eighteen (18), though plans for a youth organization are forthcoming. Men and women combine for city league play. During travel tournaments, the men and women split to play hurling and camogie. More information can be found on the Nashville GAC website at http://nashvillegac.com.

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Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club Welcomes New Board Members

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The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club (Nashville GAC) held the Annual General Meeting on December 19, 2015, during which elections were held for new board members who will serve in the coming year. The open positions included Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. Outgoing Chairman, John Watson, served for more than two years after founding the club in Nashville and saw the club grow from four in the first several months to a roster of over forty members in good standing.

The Nashville GAC board members for 2015 also included Timothy Ryan Buckley as Vice Chairman, Liam Barry as Registrar, Molly Bombardi-Mount as Secretary, Brendan Reynolds as Treasurer, Jennifer Barry as Public Relations Officer, and Aaron Joley as Member at Large. After the vote, appointments were necessary to fill newly vacant positions.

The new board for the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Association in 2016 is now as follows: Timothy Ryan Buckley, elected Chairman; Liam Barry, appointed Vice Chairman; Molly Buckley, appointed Registrar; Molly Bombardi-Mount, elected Secretary; Rayne Leonard, elected Treasurer; Jennifer Barry, remaining Public Relations Officer; and Aaron Joley, remaining Member at Large.

Several committees were also formed as a result of the Annual General Meeting, with appointed chairs agreeing to serve. Christopher Davis and Rayne Leonard will lead the recruitment and retention committee. Megan Scott will serve as head of fundraising and sponsorship. David Smith and Ashley Raby will continue directing the social committee. Perhaps the most difficult of committees, the events committee, will be led by Brendan Rauer. The events committee will oversee the Nashville GAC invitational tournament, participation in the Second Annual Irish Fest, and participation in the Second Annual Highland Games.

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Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club Closes Summer Hurling League And Prepares For Fall League

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ports winner of iron hurlNASHVILLE, TN The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club (Nashville GAC) will kick off the fall hurling league Sunday, September 7 at Heartland Soccer Complex in Donelson. This new season comes on the heels of the club’s inaugural city league summer play. Three teams played competitive matches for the duration of the six-week season, culminating in Nashville’s first hurling championship on August 3.

Founder John Watson says, “The autumn league will be similar to the summer league (hopefully without the punishing heat) with 3 teams facing off in 7-a-side matches each Sunday. The summer saw some incredible games as the Ports, the Leesiders, and the Blue Notes battled over 6 weeks. In the end, it was the Ports and the Blue Notes who earned the chance to claim the first league championship and take home the Iron Hurl.” The Iron Hurl is actually a solid steel, full-sized replica of a hurley, crafted by club member Caleb Harper. Watson continues with, “On that day, the Ports took the prize, but the real prize went to all of the men and women who showed up week in and week out to play the ancient game right here in Nashville.”

The fall league is currently open to any in the area who wish to join. The club hosts introductory sessions on Thursday evenings at Centennial Park. Nashville GAC also welcomes spectators to the league games on Sundays at noon.  To those considering the ancient Irish sport, Watson challenges, “Who will raise to trophy this November? Will you be among those who take to the pitch and play the fastest game on grass? There’s only one way to find out!”

The Nashville GAC also recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign, which enabled the purchase of travel jerseys for summer tournament play. These shirts feature the club crest and the words “Baile Ceol,” which mean Music City in Gaelic Irish. There is currently no sponsor featured on the jerseys. Businesses interested in sponsoring should contact the club to discuss the potential benefits.