Championship Sunday: Area Residents & Supporters Encouraged to Join Hoboken Guards on Free R/T Bus to NYGAA Championship Final

by David Cosgrove on August 23, 2014

Tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. members of the Hoboken Guards Hurling Team will rally at the establishment where our club was formed four years ago and has since served as de facto headquarters; Mulligan’s Bar, 159 First St.

We’re headed to New York’s historic Gaelic Park in search of our first New York Gaelic Athletic Association Hurling Championship, and we’re opening the door inviting the Hoboken and area community to  join us on the free bus to experience the fastest, most skilled game. Come support your home town sports team, your state hurling warriors battle for championship glory!

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Time/Location of Departure: 11:30 a.m. SHARP, Sunday 8/24, 159 First St., Hoboken NJ. If you would like to reserve seats on the bus, please email Space is available!

Destination: 100-year-old Gaelic Park, 4000 Corlear Ave. at Manhattan College, Riverdale NY.

Pit Stop: The bus will make one brief stop at 42nd & 10th on Manhattan’s midtown west side to scoop up our Gotham resident hurlers and fans.

Anticipated Return Time: We anticipate leaving the park no later than 6 p.m., arriving in Hoboken prior to 7 p.m.

Field Gate Charge: $10 per adult | $5 for seniors | 18 & Under FREE

The Match: Hoboken, 2nd seeded in the championship, will face Ulster in a re-match of the 2013 Final. Ulster topped Hoboken by one point last year, scoring the winning point in the final minute of competition, sending the Guards over the GWB with our third straight New York Hurling Final defeat.

Food Options: The grill at Gaelic Park will be open serving burgers, hot dogs, fish & chips and Irish sandwiches, with water, iced teas and sodas. We reckon  the big old pub at the edge of the field will be open and beers/libations will be available for purchase. If requiring energy before stepping on the bus en route to the park, nearby quick Hoboken shops including The Bagel Smashery next door to Mulligan’s should do the job.

#SuperGAASunday Lineup: Our brother club across the Hudson Roiver, Manhattan Gaels, open the day’s competition at 1 p.m. in their second-straight New York GAA Final appearance. Here is the slate of games for tomorrow:

1pm: Junior Football Final | Donegal v Manhattan Gaels
2:30pm: Junior Hurling Final | HOBOKEN v. ULSTER
4pm: Senior Football Semi: Cavan v Monaghan
5:30pm: Senior Football Semi: Cork v Kerry

For those don’t know where our team draws its colors from and why we carry the name “The Guards”, it was a tribe of 30 immigrants from a famine-starved region of Kerry, called Kenmare – translated means “Little Nest” – who, having ferried over from their Five Points dwelling at the time, played the first organized hurling in New Jersey history…one of the first reported Clashes of the Ash in America, on St. Patrick’s Day in 1858. This match, thirty years before the GAA was formed officially in Ireland, was played just up the road from First Street, on the same field where baseball was born to the world.

For the increasing number of non-Irish born Americans who know the sport of hurling and live in the area, our supporters who know the game, and curious first-timers interested to see what this is all about…we hope to see you at Mulligans,  159 First St. Hoboken tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. Our lads have been working hard for several months to get back to this match, to bring all of their training and dedication to their hometown club, in the hope of returning over the GWB with Hoboken’s first-ever Gaelic Athletic Association Championship.

Black and red face-paint suggested for all bus-riders!


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