ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of individuals turned out in Rockland County this weekend for the opening of the primary privately-owned Gaelic Athletic Affiliation clubhouse within the nation.
The Rockland County GAA celebrated the grand opening of the brand new athletic complicated on Previous Orangeburg Street in Orangeburg with three days of music, sports activities and leisure.
Legends of Gaelic soccer and hurling turned out for all-star competitors on Friday. The weekend additionally featured native Gaelic soccer video games that includes groups from Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta, and an FDNY vs. NYPD recreation.
The Rockland GAA youngsters additionally plied their expertise towards a roster of all-star hurlers and Gaelic footballers in a expertise competitors. Males’s and ladies’s Gaelic soccer, males’s hurling, and ladies’s hurling – additionally referred to as Camogie.
Naturally, the youngsters gained.
“The All Stars additionally turned Aim Keepers, which could possibly be one of many explanation why they misplaced in the long run to the youngsters so handsomely… nevertheless, the All-Stars have been outnumbered 20/1 as we had almost one hundred youngsters collaborating,” the Rockland County GAA stated on its web site.
The festivities culminated Sunday in an all-star legends exhibition Gaelic soccer recreation, that includes legends of the sport from round Eire and officiated by all-Eire referee Pat McEnaney.
Bands from as distant as County Tyrone, Eire and as close by as Pearl River additionally carried out. Irish dance performances and a mass to bless the clubhouse have been additionally on the schedule.
Rockland GAA spokesman Emmett Woods advised the Journal Information that the group was based in 1972, and began leasing land on the previous Rockland Psychiatric Hospital website in 1974. The group introduced property from the state of New York in 1999.
Woods informed the newspaper that three quarters of the work to construct the brand new clubhouse was…