Gaelic Football in Raleigh, NC
I hadn’t seen a live Gaelic football game in probably 35 years before watching the Raleigh GAA and Charlotte Gaelic Football teams play in very non Irish weather last Saturday. The event was the Inaugural Andrew Britton Cup and the tournament pitted Raleigh’s teams against the travelling Charlotte teams who eventually won the cup in a hard fought match. The game was held at the Raleigh Rugby Grounds on Poole Rd and was attended by Dr. R. John Young, Ireland’s first Honorary Consul to North Carolina. Also in attendance and gracefully throwing in the first ball was Nancy Boyce the 2014 North Carolina Rose of Tralee.
Fast Moving Irish Sports
Gaelic Football is a fast moving game played all over Ireland at every level. I played it (had to) all through school. The game is played with a round football and the players can carry it, kick it or palm it but players must keep moving or passing. A goal is scored when the ball goes in the net and a point is scored when the ball goes over the bar between the posts, a goal is worth 3 points. Raleigh Cu Chulainn was founded in 2012 and plays in the South East Division of the North American County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. They currently have a Gaelic Football and Hurling team and hope to have a ladies team, a youth team and camogie team in the future.
Ireland’s First Honorary Consul To North Carolina
It is no surprise that in the greater Raleigh area there is such a keen interest and support for Irish Sport with the number of people relocating from other parts of the U.S and abroad. One only has to look at the size of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Raleigh and compare it to 10 years ago…huge difference! With the appointment of Ireland’s first Honorary Consul to North Carolina it is clear that Ireland sees opportunity in what North Carolina has to offer. The mission of the Consul is to provide essential consular services to Irish citizens and to deliver trade, investment, tourism and cultural messages to new and diverse audiences.
The Growth Of Irishness In The Triangle
Irish Sport is an essential piece of the Irish Culture along with the music, the dance, the pubs and the people,some just off the boat as we say, while others pure southerners. There are more and more ways to meet and connect with your Irish heritage if you so desire. Lots of Irish pubs, like Trali Irish Pub, Tir Na Nog, The Hibernian in and around the Triangle. Events like The North Carolina Rose of Tralee where the excitement for the Irish Culture and heritage is wonderful.
Author Andrew Britton
Andrew Britton is the best selling author of such books as The American, The Invisible, The Assassin. Andrew passed away suddenly in 2008 at the age of 27 but his memory lives on in his books and in the hearts and minds of his many friends and fans. His mother Annie Nice is the main stay at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub where she handles the music, events/weddings and marketing yet still has time to support countless causes and is a priceless resource to the Irish Community. Annie could be described as Ireland’s Unofficial Honorary Consul to Raleigh, NC