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Did We Meet You at Music City Irish Fest?

ngac at music city irish fest

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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Meet Your 2018 Board Members!

At our AGM, we held elections for two open positions on the board. The first was for Chairman, as we said a heartfelt “thank you!” to Ryan Buckley for his two years of dedicated service. The second was the Treasurer role, held by the very capable Rayne Leonard. These elections also created additional vacancies within the board, so a meeting was held to appoint members to these roles.

We’re now thrilled to introduce your 2018 NGAC Board of Directors!

Chairman – Liam Barry

Vice Chairman – Danny Espensen

Secretary – Molly Buckley

Treasurer – Jesse Gentry

Registrar – Ryan Culligan

Games Development – Brendan Rauer

PR & Marketing – Jen Barry

Molly has previous experience serving on the board, most recently as Registrar. The Board is excited to welcome Molly back, as she brings with her an immense dedication to training for and growing the Camogie team.

The newly elected Board upheld the previous decision to eliminate the Member at Large position for various reasons, not the least of which is a need for odd numbers for voting purposes. As such, each and every member of the Board is available to any and all club members at any time. Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns. We’re all here for you, and we’re always excited to help.

Let’s have a great 2018!

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Open Board Positions for Election

Nominations will be accepted for the following open Board positions from November 25th to December 9th.

1. Chairman

Chairman: The Chairman shall convene regular board meetings, shall preside over meetings. The chairman sets the agenda for the board meetings, special meetings, and Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Chairman can arrange for one of the other officers to preside over meetings in the Chairman’s absence.

2. Treasurer

Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for keeping accurate records of the account. The Treasurer is the legal custodian of the moneys or other valued assets of the NGAC. The Treasurer shall file or cause to be filed any State or Federal tax filings. Any moneys collected by the club shall be deposited immediately into an FDIC insured bank account. The Treasure shall give a report of the fiscal status of the club at board meetings, and present an annual report to the membership at the AGM.

Nominations should be sent via email to: nashvillegac@gmail.com.

Please check with the nominee before nominating them to make sure they are interested in the position.

Nominees are permitted to send one campaign message to the club during the days of December 9th-15th.

Elections will be held at the Annual General Meeting on December 16th.

Non-playing members are encouraged and welcome to serve on the board.

Descriptions of all Board positions can be found in the bylaws section of the club handbook.

Relevant language from the club bylaws:
4.1 Board role, size, and compensation: The Board is responsible for the overall direction and governance of the NGAC. The Board shall consist of 8 members: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Registrar, Public Relations Officer, Games Development, and Member at Large. Any member in good standing is eligible to serve on the Board. The Board receives no compensation.

4.2 Terms: All board members serve two-year terms and are eligible for re-election.

4.6 Election of the Board: The board is elected by the NGAC membership at the Annual General Meeting. Votes shall be cast through written ballot, and simple majority of those present elect board members. The Secretary solicits nominations during a nomination period, which opens 3 weeks prior and closes 1 week prior to the Annual General Meeting.

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NGAC’s East Nashville Beer Works and Quore Teams Prep for Championship Match

In what was the club’s most competitive league season yet, East Nashville Beer Works and Quore came out on top to qualify for the championship match. This Sunday, November 11, the club will gather to see which team will take home the life-sized steel trophy, the Harper Hurl.

The season opened on September 11, with three teams sponsored by local businesses. The Homegrown Taproom and Marketplace was led by club veteran and true Irishman Liam Barry. Quore also had an experienced hurler at the helm with Jamie Norris, who came to us four years ago from the MTSU Hurling Club. Jesse Gentry, the $100 Man (called so because he was the only person to show up to an event we paid $100 to boost on Facebook) led the East Nashville Beer Works team.

Homegrown came out ahead on the first day with two wins. ENBW took home the third, leaving Quore with zero points after the opener.

Week two brought one win to each team, with Homegrown besting ENBW, Quore then defeating Homegrown, and ENBW taking Quore down. Week three was a similar scenario, with each team winning one match. At this point, it became clear that the season would be a nailbiter all the way to the end.

Later in the season, however, the upset of three forfeited matches—two for Homegrown and one for ENBW—changed everything. As hard as Homegrown fought, they just couldn’t come back from the crushing losses they experienced in that one day.

Even the wins they managed to eke out in the final two weeks wouldn’t save them, giving Quore the edge they needed to move to the top of the table. ENBW was just behind by one point, and Homegrown at the bottom, missing a tied season by yet another single point.

On Sunday, the two teams left standing will battle it out for the trophy. Who will take home the Harper Hurl? Will it be East Nashville Beer Works, captained by Jesse Gentry, or Quore, with Jamie Norris as captain? As close as this season has been, it’s sure to be an exciting match. Play starts at 1 pm at Heartland Fields.

If you’ve been wondering what hurling in Nashville is all about, this is the day to come find out. We’ll see you there!

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Inaugural Gaelic Football League Starts NEXT WEEK

And we’ll be playing INSIDE.

Don’t let the heat of the summer sun discourage you from picking up a new sport. Our first ever Gaelic football league starts on July 9, and we’re playing every match indoors.

The four-week season will take a break on July 15 so that those who want to go to Atlanta for the Peach Cup tournament can attend. That means the dates for the league are:

  • July 9
  • July 23
  • July 30
  • August 6

We have enough signed up to form three teams, so we’ll do a round robin each week. Winners will receive 2 points, ties will receive 1 point, and a loss results in 0. The team with the most points at the end of the season will be the champions.

Sign up now!

Training Sessions

If you’ve never played before, that’s okay. There’s still one more training session before the league starts, so you can get the basic rules down. Then join us every week throughout the league and beyond to continue honing your new skills.

Training sessions Thursday evenings at 6 pm until sundown. If you can’t be there right at 6, that’s ok! We’re all doing this for fun. We’d rather see you late than to not see you at all.

Sign up now!

Team and Jersey Reveal

To play in the league, you have to pay membership dues to the NGAC, plus the league fees. Membership is $20 for the year and gives you the privilege to vote at any club meetings, as well as the ability to travel with the club to tournaments. League fees are $40 and help cover the cost of our indoor facility and your snazzy new jersey.

You’ll learn who your team is and see your new jersey after training on July 6. We’ll all gather at our sponsor pub, East Nashville Beer Works for the big reveal. It’s a celebration, so you don’t want to miss it!

Support Our Sponsors

We welcome back East Nashville Beer Works as the first of our Gaelic football league sponsors. They’ve been incredibly supportive of the club, serving as one of our spring league sponsors for hurling.

We’re also grateful to One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, who have signed on as our corporate sponsor. Owner Mick is from the Mother Land, and he’s thrilled to support Irish culture as we spread it throughout Middle Tennessee.

Our brewery sponsor, Asgard Brewing Company, has joined on for the summer season, too. Though located in Columbia, TN, they’ve been excited about lending support to the club for months. We’re so honored and grateful for the support, and the delicious beer.

The Wrap-Up

When:

  • July 9
  • July 23
  • July 30
  • August 6

Matches start at 1 pm sharp, so be early enough to warm up on your own.

Where:

Boost Fitness Club

11 Vaughns Gap Rd, Nashville, TN 37205

Who:

Anyone over the age of 18 who wants to play Gaelic football, regardless of age, gender, experience, or fitness level. We’re home to everyone from age 18-64+, and everyone gets to play if they want to.

Why:

Because we’ve been playing hurling for four years now, and it was about damn time Gaelic football got its moment in Music City.

We’ll see you there!

Sign up now!

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All the News from the NGAC

NGAC News

The last month has been so busy for the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club that this poor blogger couldn’t keep up with it all. Instead of several posts, we’ll wrap up all the fun here in one big post.

Intro to Hurling Day

It seems that our planned intro days get rained out more often than not. This time, nature one-upped herself and sent snow. Our March 11 Intro to Hurling Day was quickly postponed to the next day, which was of course beautiful and mild.

We welcomed out a few new people, but we fear we may have missed out on a large crowd due to the last-minute postponement. For that reason, we’ve decided to never tell Mother Nature when our next intro day is. Instead, we’ll choose a week each month for beginners to come out and give Irish sports a try. Keep an eye on our events on the Facebook page to catch the next one.

Of course, you NEVER have to wait for an intro day. Beginners are welcome all the time, any time we have social events or training. Someone will always take time out to teach you the basics if you want to learn.

NGAC on Today in Nashville

If you missed our exultant cries of delight on social media, here’s the scoop: On St. Patrick’s Day, Nashville’s WSMV featured the club on their Today in Nashville show. We filmed the spot on March 10 (a day before the crazy snow) at Centennial Park, with two full hours of hurling and Gaelic football scrimmages that resulted in amazing shots from the production crew.

If you haven’t seen the segment yet, check it out below.

WSMV Channel 4

Music City Invitational

Not publishing a write-up for this one was painful, but time kept marching on with more and more exciting things for Nashville GAC. On March 25, we welcomed clubs from all over America to play in a hurling and camogie tournament that lasted all day.

Opening ceremonies, led by Liam Barry, included remarks from club chairman Ryan Buckley, the American national anthem by Jennifer Barry, and the Irish national anthem by Caleb Harper. We were also very fortunate to enjoy Irish fiddle music from Dr. Ron Bombardi as we set up the fields.

Nashville split into two teams—Green and Gold—with Green winning its first match over Indy B. Gold fell to Knoxville but rallied well in their consolation match. Green played Coastal Virginia in the second round and were defeated. Still, it was an exciting day with enough proof for these players to know they’ve grown enormously in skill over the past four years.

The day ended with Atlanta A taking home the Wall Cup for camogie, and Indy A took home the Watson Cup for hurling. We presented the trophies at our afters celebrations with sponsors Smith & Lentz Brewing in East Nashville. It was an amazing day, and we already look forward to next year.

Spring League 2017

Our spring league registration topped out at 45 players, some pretty exciting growth after eight seasons. Each of the three teams has 15 players, and we bumped up play to 11-a-side, with 25-minute halves.

Our sponsors this season have been announced, but if you missed the posts, take a look at the incredible jerseys below, with sponsors East Nashville Beer Works, Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace, and Quore proudly and gratefully displayed.

The season officially started April 2, but it’s not too late to get in on the action. If you sign up by April 23, our third match of the season, you can be placed on a team. After that, you’ll have to wait until the fall.

Of course, we also travel to tournaments in the summer, so go ahead and join up anyway so you’ll be ready to play for Nashville GAC when we head to our first competition.

spring league 2017 jerseys

The Ben & Morey Show

This all brings us to last night, when Benjy Flynn and Britti Himelfarb represented the club on live, late-night talk show The Ben & Morey Show. If you haven’t heard of Ben and Morey, look them up. If you haven’t been to a show, make a point to head over to the Performing Arts Center at Centennial Park on a Thursday night.

Ben and Britti represented the club with pride and a lot of humor. They both had the crowd in stitches with their quick wit, but they also managed to convey their serious love for Irish sports. The club Instagram has a few images from the evening, and we hope to soon post the full interview.

If you met any of us at the show, please feel free to reach out with questions. You can also join us for intro sessions, trainings, or just to watch a match. Our Facebook page has an event schedule with all the latest information, or you can check the calendar here on the website.

This Sunday is week 2 of the spring league. We’d love to see you out there at 3135 Heartland Drive in Donelson!

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Winter is Coming!

As we prepare to hibernate I thought I’d put together a list of tips, tricks, videos and films to help you deal with seeing your club friends a little less. First the videos…

1. From Ash to Clash The Art of Hurley Making

25 Min documentary about the process of making a hurley. Different from other “Art of Hurley making” type videos (0f which there are many) in that it talks about sourcing the wood, and what makes a good plank.

2. Old Camogie Footage from 1934

Its only 2 minutes long, its black and white and theres no audio, but it’s probably the coolest video in this list. This video has it all. If you know of anymore footage like this let me know.

 

3. Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly Special

53 min. A very nicely shot conversation style interview. Just some greats talking shop.

 

4. The Story of DJ Carey

One of my favorite Hurling docs. Really illustrates the sense of hometown pride folks have in these players. No money in the sport but legends all the same. Shows the sacrifice of their time and talent for the club/town/county.

 

5. A Year ‘Til Sunday

1hr 12min. Great looking doc about Galway gaelic in 1998. I havn’t finished it yet but I’m enjoying what I’ve see and growing my appreciation for the sport.

 

6. Sports Movies

  • Goon (Netflix) – If you havn’t seen it – see it. It’s short and sweet and by golly it’s got HEART!
  • Ip Man (Netflix) – Martial arts. Get your meditation on for taking those frees.
  • Peeky Blinders (Netflix) – It’s like Gangs of New York, but more. Features your man Cillian Murphy.
  •  If you want to understand the benefits of amateur sports in our communities and amongst our youth watch a little “Friday Night Tykes” and “Last Chance U“.
  • Nowitski: The perfect shot – Take aways you can apply to your game.

 

7. Tips n Tricks

Go train! 

  1. Step 1: Watch training videos on youtube. Memorize the movements.
  2. Step 2: Use a wall or a friend to practice with. Recall the way the players in the video moved and executed the skills
  3. Step 3: Profit, not monetarily of course,

Buy NGAC gear!

Nothing like a new hoodie or a bag to make you feel better in the off season. In fact, the off season is just about the only time we can wear our cool hoodies in Tennessee.

LINK: NGAC Store

LINK: O’neills Store

Stay in the Loop

Even though it’s getting colder we are still doing things as a club. We’ll be releasing a winter schedule of events soon. Also, keep an eye on the calendar and  the Social media for random puc arounds or calls for #frostybevs.

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NGAC to Host Intro to Hurling Session Aug 20

intro to hurling

After the wildly successful Intro to Gaelic Football session in July, the Nashville GAC decided to hold a similar training/workshop for anyone in Music City who may be interested in learning hurling and camogie. The intro session will take place on August 20 at 4 pm at Heartland Soccer Fields.

Anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to join the fun. The club is a great way to get active, learn a new sport, and make new friends of all ages and fitness levels. Regardless of your athletic ability, you will get to play. Even the most experienced hurlers and camogs love to see new people come out to learn the sport, so you’ll have a warm reception, excellent instruction, and patient training.

As always, we’ll head over to Homegrown Taproom in Donelson to enjoy fellowship and #frostybevs. Make plans now to join us!

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NGAC Tours Nashville Parks to Introduce Hurling and Gaelic Football

NGAC park tour dates

The Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club (Nashville GAC), a co-ed Irish sports organization, is pleased to announce that the organization will tour four metro area parks during the month of August. The park tour is intended to bring awareness to the Irish sports of hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football.

Hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football are fast-paced, high-scoring field games. These sports, in addition to handball, are considered the national sports of Ireland, where they are predominantly played, but they’re also found in parts of the world where Irish immigrants settled. While many Americans have yet to discover these ancient games, which have been played for thousands of years, most are familiar with derivatives soccer, field hockey, and American football.

Each introductory session will take place on Thursday evenings at 6 pm. The dates and parks are as follows:

The Nashville club was founded in 2013 and has grown to include more than fifty members in a short time. Gaelic football was recently added to the club’s growing athletic offerings. It is the hope of all that anyone interested in Irish culture and unusual 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 the Facebook event pages linked above.

 

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Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club To Introduce Gaelic Football to Music City

nashville gaelic football

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.