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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 people of all genders, 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 hurling leagues, with matches every Sunday for six (or more) weeks, and a summer Gaelic football league for five weeks. We travel during the summer and fall 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 any of the leagues, add $40 for each. 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 hurling leagues will pay the $20 general fee, plus two $40 fees, for a total of $100 for the year. If you add Gaelic football, it’s $140 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 2018 are as follows:

  • Chairman: Liam Barry
  • Vice Chair: Danny Espensen
  • Treasurer: Jesse Gentry
  • Registrar: Ryan Culligan
  • Secretary: Molly Buckley
  • PR: Jen Barry

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 nashvillegac@gmail.com.

 

This article was previously posted on June 15, 2016. It has been updated with current information.

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Gaelic Football Is Here!


The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club has announced the 2018 Summer League for Gaelic Football. If that interests you, here’s what you need to know:

Training

If you don’t already know how to play for feel you need a skills refresher, that’s okay! We’ll have a few weeks of training before the league starts, and training will continue throughout until the championship match. Training will take place Thursdays at 6 pm at Centennial Park, starting this Thursday, June 21.

Matches

Last year, matches were held indoors but we were constrained by the size of the pitch. This year, we’re moving outdoors to a larger field. We’ll play in the evenings to beat the heat. Starting July 22, we’ll play every Sunday evening at 7 pm at 3135 Heartland Drive. The last match will be August 19.

Fees

We work hard to keep our prices down so everyone who wants to learn Irish sports can. To play in the summer league, you’ll need to join the NGAC. Membership is $20. This earns you an invitation to and a vote at our Annual General Meeting and Holiday Party. The fee for the league is $40, which covers the cost of your jersey and the use of the fields. The total is $60.

Participation

We can’t grow the Gaelic if you don’t come out and join in the fun. We hold social and business events throughout the year and hope you’ll join us as often as you can. The more involved you are, the easier it will be to continue growing Gaelic so that we can offer more Gaelic.

This doesn’t work without YOU. Also, we’re pretty cool people who make good friends outside of the club, too.

If you’d like to get more involved, please consider joining our NGAC members Facebook group. We make announcements on the regular there, and you’ll be more likely to stay in the loop on impromptu scrimmages, hangouts, and other fun stuff. You can find us here.

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4 Types of Athletes Who Need Gaelic Football in Their Lives

Hey, maybe we’re a little biased, but we think Gaelic football is one of the greatest sports in the world. Sure, some of the NGAC might prefer a little bit of hurling or camogie instead, but in all, we think these Irish sports are pretty much the best. We’re so sure of it, that we’d like to challenge other athletes to take a look and see if we’re right. You might be on the edge of discovering your new life love. Read on to see if you’re the type of athlete that might like Gaelic football.

1. It’s for basketball players who want their game to get a little more physical.

2. It’s for volleyball players who think a tackle once in a while is the only way to make the game more interesting.

3. It’s for American football players who think pads are for the weak.

4. It’s for soccer players who think getting to use their hands could only elevate the game to a new level.

More importantly than all of these things, Gaelic football is for anyone who wants to give it a shot. Here in Nashville, we welcome anyone and everyone (over the age of 18 for now) who wants to play, regardless of how old or how in shape you are. Even if you’ve never played any of these sports (or any other sports for that matter), you’re welcome to give it a shot.

We’re just a few weeks away from our Gaelic football league, and it’s not too late to sign up. If you’re up for something new, click here to get registered. Just like that, you’ll be a part of a growing community that exists to play the sports we love, spread that love to as many people as possible, and make new friends. All you need to bring are good indoor athletic shoes, a mouth guard, and lots of water.

If you’re intrigued but don’t live in Nashville, Google Gaelic football in your city. You might be surprised to learn there’s a club there with players who can’t wait to meet you.

 

This post previously appeared on July 29, 2017. It has been updated with current links.

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Congrats to Quore, Winners of the 2018 Spring League!

It was a hard-fought battle between Quore and Homegrown this past Sunday, but the green team came up victorious in the end. Quore captain Ryan Culligan led his team through a nearly undefeated season (save for a forfeit or two), but Homegrown captain Evan Lamberth wasn’t going down without a fight.

The scores from both sides remained within three points throughout the entire match, and for a few nailbiting moments for Quore supporters, it looked as though Homegrown might pull off an upset. But at the final whistle, Quore had managed to hold on to their lead, and they lifted the Harper Hurl at the end.

Check out some amazing photos from Molly Buckley of the competing teams and our Spring 2018 winners!


 

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Dramatic Final Weeks of Spring League 2018

It’s not over yet! In fact, the real excitement is just beginning. While Quore has cemented their spot in the final on June 10, it’s still up in the air for East Nashville Beer Works and Homegrown.

In spite of a club-wide forfeit on Mother’s Day (which we probably should have seen coming), spirits are flying high as we enter into the last week of competition before the championship match. Play will begin with the two teams with the most on the line.

The standings are currently:

A win from either ENBW or the Homies wouldn’t be enough to edge out Quore, but either can still play for the chance to lift the Harper Hurl.

Who will it be?

Join us on Sunday at 1 pm at Heartland Fields, 3135 Heartland Drive, to find out!

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Rain Puts a Damper on Week 2 League Matches

After a very chilly opening day for Nashville’s spring hurling league, hopes were high for a warm, sunny day yesterday. Mother Nature had other plans. The pouring rain discouraged many from attending, leaving Homegrown to forfeit both matches. The match-up between East Nashville Beer Works and Quore, however, brought lots of excitement and culminated in another win for the green team.

The standings as we head into week three are as follows:

 

Week One

Quore: 3 points

ENBW: 0 points

Homegrown: 3 points

 

Week Two

Quore: 4 points

ENBW: 2 points

Homegrown: 0 points

 

Totals:

Quore: 7

ENBW: 2

Homegrown: 3

We’re only two weeks into a twelve-week season, so anything can happen! PS, it’s still raining in Nashville.

 

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Did We Meet You at Music City Irish Fest?

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We had a blast meeting everyone yesterday at the Music City Irish Fest, whether we saw you at the bar or at our own NGAC tent. Several of you took cards and learned about hurling and Gaelic football, and a few of you even seemed interested in joining.

If that’s you–interested in joining or just learning how to play–here’s what you need to know:

Training on Tuesday is now at Richland Park on Charlotte Avenue. It still starts at 6 pm and we’ll go until it’s too dark to see the ball. If you have to come late due to work or family, that’s okay! Don’t let a little tardiness keep you from the greatest sport you’ll ever play.

Thursday’s training will be at Centennial Park at 6 pm, just as we talked about at the Irish Fest.

Don’t forget our Music City Invitational Tournament on March 24. You’re all very welcome to come out and watch us as we play hurling and camogie clubs from Indianapolis, St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, Knoxville, and Hampton Roads.

Then, on April 8, we’ll start our spring league. You can register here any time. We still have a few weeks for you to learn the skills before you apply them in a match.

Remember: everyone who wants to play will play. There are no tryouts. No minimum for entry. We play sports, but we’re a club first and foremost. If nothing else, come join in the fun on the sidelines and have some beers with us after.

We can’t wait to see you again!

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Music City Invitational Tournament to Take Place on March 24

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Nashville will again welcome hurling and camogie teams from across the Midwest and Southeast for our Fourth Annual Music City Invitational. This year, the tournament is an official Music City Irish Festival event! Here’s what you need to know so you can come enjoy a day filled with Irish sports.

Date: March 24, 2018

Where: Metro Soccer Complex, 1266 Donelson Pike, Nashville

Opening ceremonies: 9:30 am

Championship matches: 5:00 pm

Afters: 7:00 pm at East Nashville Beer Works

We’ll be playing on two fields throughout the day. They’re located at the far end of Metro Soccer Complex. Games will start every hour on the hour. A food truck will be available at lunch time, so bring some cash! As always, no alcohol is allowed in any metro park. Besides, there will be plenty of beer at afters, where we’ll also hold the trophy ceremony.

The tournament is free to the public. We hope to see you there!

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17 Irish Things to Do in Nashville in March

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St. Patrick’s Day is on the way, and that means the Irish are out in force in Nashville. If you’re looking for something to do, we have a big list to choose from. Sports, music, art, beer… It’s all right here! So pull out your calendar and start making plans.

Irish Music Session at The Violin Shop – March 4

Visit the Violin Shop on 8th Avenue on Sunday between 4 pm and 8 pm to enjoy some classic Irish tunes. Bring your own instrument and join in the fun, or just sit back and listen. Some light snacks and beverages will be available, too, so you can make an evening of it.

Gabriel Donohue at BB King’s – March 5

Singer and instrumentalist from Galway Gabriel Donohue will perform at BB King’s, along with other Irish musicians. The show starts at 7 pm and a $10 cover charge will get you in.

Dropkick Murphys at Marathon Music Works – March 6

Celtic rock giants Dropkick Murphys will come to Nashville on March 6 for their St. Patrick’s Day tour. Pick up tickets for the show at the Marathon Music Works website.

Molly Ramone at The Old School – March 8

Nashville Irish band Molly Ramone will appear at The Old School restaurant on March 8 at 7 pm. Tickets for the event are $10. If you can’t make this one, you can see Molly Ramone again later this month.

County Sumner Irish Festival in Castalian Springs – March 10

Hosted by Visit Sumner TN, the County Sumner Irish Fest will take place form 10 am to 2 pm at Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park. Enjoy live Irish music, brews, and great Irish food. You can also tour Rogan cottage, an authentic Irish dwelling. Don’t miss the hurling and Gaelic football exhibit matches by your favorite Gaelic club in Nashville.

Paul Brock Band at The Old School – March 10

The Old School will host Paul Brock, Denis Carey, Eimear Arkins, and Shane Farrell, playing Irish, French-Canadian, and bluegrass favorites. The show starts at 7 pm, and the tickets are $15 at the door.

Celtic Rhythms on Fire – March 10 & 11

The Nashville Irish Step Dancers will perform their annual March show on March 10 and 11 at The Capital Theatre on Main Street in Lebanon. Tickets for adults are $20, and $15 for kids and seniors. You can purchase tickets online here.

Triona at BB King’s – March 12

Ireland’s singer-songwriter Triona will perform original songs at BB King’s on March 12 at 7 pm. A cover charge of $10 covers entrance and the show.

Exploring Your Scots-Irish Genealogy – March 12 & 13

Join Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation during their annual North American lecture tour to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research. Monday’s workshop is $15 for non-members. Tuesday is devoted to private consultations for $45 per person.

Irish Night at ACME – March 13

Come at 6 pm for the Finnegan & Carmichael concert and stay for the film John Hume in America at 7 pm. Following the film will be a Q&A session with the filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick. Admission is free!

Chloë Agnew of Celtic Woman at The Old School – March 15

One of the original Celtic Woman members, Chloë Agnew, will perform favorites and original tunes at The Old School from 7 pm to 10 pm. Tickets are $15 to $30 and can be purchased any time before the show.

Gulliver’s Travels at Nashville Public Library – March 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, & 31

Irish stories and puppetry will take over the library during these weekends at the Nashville Public Library. Perfect for the kids, but fun for all.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Riverfront Park – March 17 & 18

Two days of fun, drink, food, music, and Irish goods await at the Nashville Riverfront Park. A stage will host musicians throughout both days, including Molly Ramone, Colm Kirwan, Nashville Pipes & Drums, The Willis Clan, Skerryvore, and We Banjo 3, among many others. Admission is free!

Main Street Brew Fest in Franklin – March 17

Tickets are available for the Main Street Brew Fest on St. Patrick’s Day, where dozens of micro-breweries—local, national, and international—will be featured. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and of course, beer.

The Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl – March 17

Registration begins at Winners Bar & Grill at 11 am. Stops on the crawl include Winners, Whiskey Rhythm Saloon, The Slider House, DawgHouse Saloon, and many more! It’s a great way to drink your way through Music City.

Shane Hennessy Shows – March 19 & 22

Irish guitarist Shane Hennessy will perform first at BB King’s on March 19 and then again at The Old School on March 22. BB King’s charges a $10 cover to get in. Tickets for The Old School show are $10 each.

Music City Invitational Hurling Tournament – March 24

The NGAC will again host clubs from various cities across the United States in a hurling and camogie tournament. Festivities will kick off at 9 am on March 24 and end with an after party and trophy presentation at East Nashville Beer Works at 7 pm.

There are quite a few more fun events planned for the Music City Irish Festival, which lasts all throughout the month of March. If this just isn’t enough Irish for you, check out their calendar for more!

As always, if you see anyone wearing a Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club crest, stop us and ask about hurling and Gaelic football. We’re starting our spring league soon, and we’d love to welcome you out to play or watch any time!

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Upcoming Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club Events

It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter—except for those rare, sunny days when we got to scrimmage at Centennial Park. Spring is on the way, and everyone in the club is itching to pick up a hurl or Gaelic football and get back on the pitch.

Fortunately, March will offer several opportunities to play (or watch!), so grab your calendar and start making some notes.

Intro to Hurling – Feb 3

Let’s get back in shape for the coming Music City Invitational and Spring League! Training starts at 9:00 am at Centennial Park.

Beginners are always welcome. We’ll make sure you have all the right equipment and show you the basics before you join in on a scrimmage. Don’t be afraid! Every member will take the time to walk you through the rules and help you learn technique as you go. There is absolutely no experience necessary. Of any kind.

Future training sessions will be announced via Facebook until it’s warm enough to set recurring dates.

County Sumner Irish Festival – March 10

On March 10, the NGAC will travel to Castalian Springs to take part in the County Sumner Irish Festival. The fest takes place between 10 am and 2 pm, with exhibition matches of hurling and Gaelic football on at noon.

If you come out to watch, stay to learn about the history of Irish sports and even learn how to play. If you love it, we’ll sign you up on the spot!

Music City Irish Fest – March 17 & 18

It’s two days of glorious shamrockery! The NGAC will man a tent where you can learn all about the sports of hurling and Gaelic football. We’ll show some classic matches and walk you through the rules. Or we’ll just clink beer mugs together with a “Sláinte!”* and sing along to Irish tunes with you.

You’ll also find us slinging beers at the beer tents. We’re always recognizable in our gold and green. Say hi when you find one of us!

Music City Invitational – March 24

We’re still ironing out the details, but you’ll definitely want to save this date. Hurling clubs from all over the United States will travel to Nashville for our 4th Annual Music City Invitational—probably our biggest yet.

The event lasts all day, with food and drink available for purchase on site. After the winners have been decided through fierce battles for the Watson and Wall Cups, we’ll party the night away with our sponsors, East Nashville Beer Works. You don’t want to miss this!

*Sláinte (slahn-cha) To your health, or “Cheers!”