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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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Everything You Need to Know When Joining the NGAC

We know; joining a club is hard. We’ve all been there. There are the usual questions, like “Will everyone like me?” and “How much commitment is required?” Then, you realize you’re going to play a rare sport that’s only starting to grow in the US.

Wow. So many questions.

Have no fear. We’re here with all the answers, and then some. Let’s start with the easy ones.

Who can play?

Right now, we accept men and women ages 18 and over. Our sincere wish is to start a youth league soon, but for now, we’re all grownups. Kind of.

Will everyone like me?

Pretty much guaranteed. We’re an eclectic group of people, from various geographic locations and cultures. If there’s one thing we know how to do, it’s accept everyone. Seriously, we’re so overjoyed that you want to play this rare sport that you’ll be on everyone’s Christmas card list immediately. Or Hanukkah. Or Kwanzaa. Or whatever you might celebrate.

What should I bring for my first time to training?

Good athletic shoes—cleats if you have them, clothes you can move in, and lots of water. We provide the rest of the equipment, until such time as you decide you’re hooked and want to buy your own.

How much commitment is required?

As much as you would like to give. We have spring and fall leagues, with matches every Sunday for six weeks. We travel during the summer for tournaments in other cities. We participate in several festivals, recruiting events, and fundraisers throughout the year. If you can make it to any, we’ll be so glad to see you.

How much are annual dues?

Our dues structure offers a few different options. For general members, the annual fee is $20. If you’d like to play in the spring league, add $40. For the fall league, dues are another $40. If you’re a student, the league fees are each $20. For any financial hardship cases, simply speak privately with a board member.

This structure provides everyone the chance to vote, even if they don’t play in the leagues. Paid members can also travel to play in tournaments, even if they choose not to join league play.

For a quick visual, just to keep things clear, a member who will not play in any league matches pays only $20 per year. A member who wishes to play in both the spring and fall leagues will pay the $20 general fee, plus two $40 fees, for a total of $100 for the year. If that’s still not clear, blame the writer of this blog, who always preferred English over Math in school.

Where can I get equipment when I’m ready to commit?

This is a tricky one. See, because we play an Irish sport, the best equipment comes from Ireland, but we do have one American supplier.

On occasion, one of our members will be lucky enough to go to Ireland. You may be able to convince them to pick up a hurley or other items for you.

Where can I find all the latest info?

The best bet is always the website. We update the calendar on a regular basis, complete with times and addresses. Sometimes things change at the last minute, especially if inclement weather is involved. To keep up with those announcements, you can do one of two things:

  • Send a text message to 81010 with the message: @hurling for text notifications.
  • Join the Facebook group.

We also have a Google group, but the information found there might not be the most up to date.

Are there frosty beverages involved?

For the love of all things Irish, yes. We do visit some local establishments for refreshments and fellowship after most training sessions and matches. Please don’t feel uncomfy if you don’t drink. Many of our members are there for a frosty sweet tea, soda, or water. Just…some are there for beer, too.

Who makes all the decisions around here?

We try to open up the biggest and most impactful decisions to the whole club. Everyone who has paid dues gets a vote. Some of the smaller decisions—mostly of the organizational type—are handled by the board. The board members for 2016 are as follows:

  • Chairman: Ryan Buckley
  • Vice Chair: Liam Barry
  • Treasurer: Rayne Leonard
  • Registrar: Molly Buckley
  • PR: Jen Barry
  • Member at Large: Aaron Joley

Each board position has a term of two years. Elections are held during the Annual General Meeting in December. Should a position vacate for any reason, the board appoints a new member until elections can be held.

How can I get involved?

If you’d like to offer more than just your skills on the pitch, we’re always excited to provide opportunities through our committees. Take a look at some of the potential groups and just let a board member know if your specific passions or talents might be of service.

  • Social
  • Fundraising
  • Events
  • Recruitment

Those are the biggest questions, but maybe you have more. If so, email us at

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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.

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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


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

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

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Music City Invitational Information

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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