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Summer News Updates

Blue Notes Win the Spring League Championship

Congratulations to the 2016 Blue Notes, who, under the leadership of captain Dave Bowen, won the Harper Hurl. They faced off yesterday against the Leesiders in what proved to be a very exciting match. Match report with photos here.

Summer League Travel

With spring league complete, we now look forward to traveling around the country to join other cities in hurling and camogie tournaments. We’ll field teams at Atlanta’s Peach Cup (June 4th) and Indianapolis’s invitational (June 18th). For NGAC members in good standing, some travel and room costs may be covered by the club. Look for more details about these trips coming soon from our travel organizer Molly Buckley.

Training Schedule

As we move into summer months, we will modify our training schedule a little. Training will now be at 7pm on Tuesdays at Heartland Fields. On Thursdays, we’ll have a puck arounds at Centennial Park, in front of the Parthenon, also at 7pm.

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The Blue Notes Take the Harper Hurl

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Blue Notes Best Leesiders 4-12 to 3-6

Congratulations to the winners of the spring league championship. The Blue Notes, captained by David Bowen, fought to stay on top through most of the season. The Leesiders were worthy foes, though, snagging a couple wins – just enough to keep the Notes from getting complacent. The exciting season culminated in a championship match between the reds and the blues.

In the first half, it looked as though the Leesiders might just snatch the victory from the Blue Notes’ confident clutches. After the break, the blues came back with a vengeance. In perhaps the most exciting match to date, the teams wrestled the lead from each other again and again. When the final whistle blew, the Blue Notes remained on top.

blue notes captain

We offer a hearty congratulations to all the Blue Notes team members: David Bowen, Corbett Ouellette, Benjy Flynn, Gillian Walshe-Langford, Molly Bombardi-Mount, Sam D’Amico, Aaron Joley, Trevor Hoagland, Bill Rodriguez, and Andrew Kamp.

Thanks to the referee Chris Davis and the Ports for officiating.

Special recognition goes to Caleb Harper, who forged our league trophy from solid steel.

Finally, thanks to everyone in the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club for all your hard work in promoting Irish sports in Nashville. Baile Ceol Abú!

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Congrats to Our New Certified Referees!

Referee tutor (and club founder) John Watson recently held a day-long workshop for club members interested in becoming certified referees. All six attendees finished the course and passed the exam. Congratulations to Aaron Joley (not pictured), Molly Buckley, Ryan Buckley, Chris Davis, Liam Barry, and Jennifer Barry. As always, special thanks to John Watson for sharing his time and expertise. Thanks also to the GAA for awarding the new referees with kits, certificates, and swag.

Nashville certified club level hurling referees
l-r: John Watson, Liam Barry, Jennifer Barry, Ryan Buckley, Molly Buckley, Chris Davis. Not pictured: Aaron Joley
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7 #CamogieProblems All Players Know to Be True

And 3 Reasons We Play Anyway

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Camogie players are equal parts girl and badass, which sometimes creates unusual issues that no hurler has to deal with. Still, we know that #CamogieProblems are part of the joy of playing, even when we deal with these:

Are we girly or badass today?

Who needs other hobbies, anyway?

Formalwear is an absolute #nope

War wounds ???????????????????????? #GAA #camogie

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A hurl is like a best friend, and it hurts to lose one

Sakeeee ???? devo! But at least we won ???? #brokenhurl #hurl #camogie #gaa #devo #goodcounsel #woo

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If we waited for the rain to stop, we’d never play

You have your definition of sexy, and we have ours

Bandages are totally an accessory

“When your legs don’t work like they used to before” ???? #camogie #nopainnogain

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Why do we play? Because it’s still the best damn game in the world. Also…

Could be worse! Could be playing in 1916

We’re always there for each other

Even your bruises know you love it

hurling bruise

Share with a fellow camog and tweet us your #CamogieProblems @NashvilleGAC.

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Music City Invitational Information

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When:

This Saturday (April 2nd) Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 with the first match starting at 10am sharp. Representatives from competing clubs will meet at 9am.

Where:

Heartland Fields – 3135 Heartland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

No alcohol or ​dogs allowed at the park. There are nearby porta potties at the park.Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site.

What:

9’s Round Robin Hurling Tournament and Camogie 13’s (best of 3) match.  The Hurling tournament will end with a championship match.***A reminder, teams not playing in matches will be responsible for refereeing as well as line and goal judging.

Afters:

We will be having our post tournament celebration and trophy ceremony at The Harp and Fiddle – 1538 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203
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Reminders and announcements and bears! Oh my!

The 2nd Annual Music City Invitational fast approaches as well as our spring league season. Read on for reminders, announcements and important dates!

1. Tonight! – Thursday, March24th

Do you have plans tonight? Well cancel them, because we have something way better. It’s our regular club social at Beer Pale TO THE MAX! Make sure you come out to Richland Park for training at 5:45, then wander over to the Beer Pale for Turtle Anarchy Pint Night. The T.A. crew will be on hand giving out T.A. gear and serving discounted pints of their fine #frostybevs. As a bonus, show up in club gear for your chance to win the St. Patrick’s basket of Irish goodies. But wait, there’s more! It’s the reveal night for our super fresh Camogie jerseys! I’ll go out on a limb and say there’s no better place to be than with the NGAC!

2. April 2nd – 2nd Annual Music City Invitational

If you are a NGAC Member and planing to play in the Music City Invitational please let us know.

Men: Fill out this survey

Women: Contact Ashley Tabolinsky.

The Music City Invitational Tournament is April 2nd, that’s 10 days away. Start eating right and getting a few touches on the ball daily.

3. April 10th – Spring League Opener

New players are welcome to join league. All players can Sign up here and pay dues online via paypal.

Register

4. Calendar

It exists! and we do our best to keep it up to date.

Go to Calendar

5. Remind – Text based alert service

If you’ve not signed up for Remind, I encourage you to do so. Joining the one-way text messaging service will ensure that you don’t miss any important alerts about practice, matches, or social events. To join, send a text message to: 81010 With the message: @hurling

 

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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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10 Nashville Irish Events in March (Plus a Bonus)

With March quickly approaching, thoughts are turning forty shades of green. Maybe you’ve already planned your Irish celebrations. Maybe you’d change those plans if something better came along. Well, here it is: something better. These are all the Irish events going on in Nashville and the surrounding area in March. We’ll probably see you there.

Music City Irish Fest: March 12

This is it—the big show. This is where everyone will be for their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and it’s no wonder. The talent lineup is crazy, featuring Nosey Flynn, Molly Ramone, The Willis Clan, We Banjo 3, Nashville Pipes and Drums, Belfast Songwriters, Fiddle Frenzy, Altan, Beat Root, and Runa.

You’ll also get to visit Celtic jewelers; kilt makers; violin, bodhrán, and Irish whistle craftsmen; and the Irish dance tent. You can even plan your very own Irish vacation with the actual Irish tourism board. No one knows the country better than they do.

And of course, your favorite Irish sports club will be there. The Nashville GAC will man some of the beer tents, and this year we also have our own spot. Stop by to learn about the Irish sports of hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football. We’ll have videos and equipment so you can see what it’s all about.

Irish Step Dancing: March 19 & 20

Where there’s Irish music, there should always be dancing. You’ll see several of the Irish step dancers at the Irish Fest, but what if that’s not enough? Well, the Nashville Irish Step Dancers has their own show Celtic Rhythms on Fire March 19 and 20. You can buy tickets to watch more.

The Nashville Irish Step Dancers aren’t the only Irish dance school in town, either. You can also check out the Southern Academy of Irish Dance or Scott-Ellis School of Irish Dance. If you’re interested in classes for you or the kids, give them a call.

Irish Pubs: Any Time

When it comes to Nashville GAC favorites, we make no secret Kavanagh’s in Mt. Juliet is the spot for real Irish hospitality. Dubliner Tom Kavanagh and his charming wife Ann make everyone welcome with jokes and some of the finest Irish whiskey.

Another club fave, Harp and Fiddle, once called Dan McGuinness, is right in the heart of the Irish Fest celebrations, so you can’t miss it. If you’re planning a trip for another day in March, be sure to check out their Irish fare, including a delicious shepherd’s pie, and look for our photo on the wall under a pair of crossed hurleys!

If you like a quiet pint in a warm Irish environment, McCreary’s in downtown Franklin does the trick. You can also check out McNamara’s in Donelson or Findley’s in the Opryland Hotel.

The Irish Tenors: March 17-19

Let’s get classy now. What better way to celebrate the rich culture and talent of Ireland than an evening with the Irish Tenors? They’re playing three nights at the Schermerhorn with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Get your tickets here for an unforgettable evening.

Celtic Woman: March 4&5

The beginning of March brings on the Irish excitement with a couple of nights with Celtic Woman at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. These remarkable singers and fiddle player will give you chills, bring tears to your eyes, and make you proud to be Irish—even if you’re not Irish at all. Want tickets? Go here.

Dropkick Murphys: March 2

Celtic rock legends Dropkick Murphys will start March off with a bang at Marathon Music Works. These tickets will go quickly, so go buy them now or risk missing out on the big night.

East Nashville St. Paddy’s Day Fest: March 12

Not to be outdone, East Nashville is holding their own Irish Festival at East Park on March 12. The festivities will take place from noon to 8 pm, so that gives hardcore revelers plenty of time to find an Uber or Lyft downtown to finish out the evening before the Willis Clan hits the stage.

Conor McGregor Fight at Harp and Fiddle: March 5

Few things have inspired such pride of country as Conor McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion, will fight for the lightweight belt on March 5. You can watch it at home, sure, but why, when Harp and Fiddle will be filled with Irish pride?

Music City Roots at the Factory St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: March 16

If you don’t get enough of the Belfast Songwriters at the Irish Fest, see many of them again at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Music City Roots at the Factory in Franklin. If you head down early, you can enjoy a family-style dinner before the show begins. Tickets for the dinner and show or just the show can be found here.

Kiernan McMullan at The Basement: March 6

Born to an Irish father, Kiernan spent much of his school years in Northern Ireland. He probably won’t play a jig or sing an old drinking tune, but he will blow your mind with his deep lyrics and clever melodies. Kiernan definitely does Ireland proud. Buy your tickets here.

BONUS: Music City Invitational Tournament on April 2

Yeah, so it’s after March, but who cares? It’s us and it’s Irish. We’ll welcome hurling teams from around the Southeast and Midwest for a full day of Irish sports. Whether you’re a longtime fan of hurling and camogie or you’ve never even heard of them, we’d love to see you there. It’s a whole day of fun for FREE. Families are welcome. If you’re excited about what you see, ask anyone holding a hurley and you can get a quick first lesson.

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11 Amazing Tweets About Hurling

Here in the States, hurling and camogie still feel like a secret club that only a few are privileged to join. It’s not that we don’t want everyone to learn about and play Gaelic games, it’s just that so many have yet to discover the passion and skill we all feel. That’s why it’s so exciting to scroll through Twitter and see mentions from people who either already love the game or have just discovered it. At times, we see tweets that fill us with pride, while others make us laugh out loud.

We’d like to share a few of our favorites. Enjoy!


Obviously these guys know what they’re up against.


The Irish and a fair few Americans, am I right?


Mad enough to risk an exploded testicle. So, even madder than you think.


Perhaps, but deadlier.


America’s looks a bit more like Connect-the-Dots.


 

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That’s what we’ve been saying all along! #latetotheparty


 

Do it. The world needs a hurling romance novel.

When we’re not busy writing romance novels, we tweet, too. You can follow us @NashvilleGAC.