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Nashville GAC Crowdfunding Effort Launched

The Nashville GAC is moving ahead at full speed. We recently announced the formation of a competitive city league and our new official crest, and now we’re preparing for the travel tournament season. In order to play in tournaments in the midwest and southeast, we need a little help from you.

Our members do pay fees that help cover the cost of equipment and field use, but we can’t do it all on our own. We need some club helmets so new players can join in until they’re able to afford their own. We also need some new hurleys and sliotars (the stick and ball) so everyone can join in – especially new recruits. On an even grander scale, we need travel jerseys so we can identify ourselves as NASHVILLE whenever we travel.

Our jerseys will feature quite a few exciting things. First, our club colors of green and gold, which pay homage to founder Anji Wall’s ties to Blackrock Hurling Club in Cork, Ireland. Her family has played for the Rockies for decades. Then, there’s our new crest, which was designed by Grant Gill of Belmont University and Timothy Ryan Buckley, a recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. The crest is uniquely Nashville, as you’ll see in the image below. The guitar silhouette, Tennessee tri-star, and Parthenon – symbolizing where the club gathers to play and recruit every Thursday night – will all identify the Nashville GAC to any who see it.

Nashville GAC crest

Perhaps most importantly – at least to those who might consider contributing to our campaign – is the inclusion of sponsor logos. Should any business or individual choose to help us out, your company logo will take pride of place on the front of the jersey and the sleeves. When we wear these jerseys in Nashville and the cities to which we travel, everyone will know you’re a supporter. If that’s not enough, you can be certain our club members will support your business any way we know how. We’ll visit, buy stuff, give shoutouts on social media, tell others about you, and list you right here on our club website with many, many thanks.

We know not everyone can give great chunks of money, so we’ve prepared some other gifts, too. Want bumper stickers? League T-shirt replicas? An embroidered patch of our new club crest? Maybe you want a mini hurley signed by all of us to hang in your man cave. All of these can be yours.

So, how can you get on board? Follow the link below. If you can’t give right now, we understand. Instead, please consider sharing this with everyone else you know, joining us one Thursday night at Centennial Park (we meet at 6 pm in the shadow of the Parthenon), and coming out on Sundays during the summer to cheer us on.

Help the Nashville GAC! 

Baile Ceol Abù!

 

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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.

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What Is Hurling?

Gaelic Sports Come to Nashville

By Co-Founder John Watson

Nashville gaelic sportsIt’s a Saturday afternoon in Centennial Park, and the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club is out in force batting a small white ball around with sticks. Passersby stop and watch; the more curious among them ask, “Hey, what sport are you playing?” “Hurling,” we reply. “Curling?” they ask, correcting us. “No, hurling, with and ‘H’, it’s and Irish field sport.” They’ve never seen it, have never even heard of it, but they are fascinated. We tell them that we welcome newcomers, and that we’ll teach anyone to play. Continue reading What Is Hurling?

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The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club

Formed to promote the Irish sports: hurling, Gaelic football, and camogie in Nashville, TN., the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club held its inaugural event, an introduction to hurling, on April 20, 2013. The club was founded by John “Johnny sticks” Watson and Anji Wall. The husband and wife duo, and former St. Louis GAC club mates, relocated to Nashville in 2011, and brought with them a passion for Gaelic games.

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