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.