It might have been a year to forget for the Dublin hurlers but they’ll finish it off in fine style when they run out at the world famous Fenway Park in Boston to play beaten All Ireland Finalists Galway in November.
It’s all part of the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival due to be held in Boston at the end of that month. The Dubs and Galway will play a Super 11 hurling game on Sunday, November 22nd at 1pm local time.
Super 11s, which is was the brainchild of the GPA, is an eleven aside version of traditional hurling. It was developed specifically so hurling could be played in stadiums world-wide where the pitches are smaller than a traditional hurling pitch and only goals can be scored. Training sessions to ensure the players become fully accustomed to the rules will be organised by the GAA and GPA in advance of the trip.
GPA Chairman Donal Og Cusack said the match is “a truly wonderful opportunity for us to exhibit hurling at a high profile US sporting venue, and there is none more iconic than the home of the Red Sox,”
“We believe that hurling ranks alongside the best sports in the world and the staging of this game in Fenway is part of our commitment to convey that message to a new and influential audience,”
Launch events took place at Croke Park and Fenway Park today to announce the forthcoming match and festival.
The game will be part of an Irish Festival at Fenway Park that weekend where Irish culture and music will be celebrated. It will take place the day after Boston College take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame at Fenway Park.
It’ll be the first time since November 1954 that hurling will be played at the famous home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. On that occasion then All-Ireland Champions Cork put an American Hurling selection to the sword.
GAA Director General Páraic Duffy said; “It is encouraging to see the interest and impact our national games can have overseas and we’re delighted to be involved in this project for that reason.
“Our overseas network is extremely important to us and bringing hurling to what is widely recognised as an Irish city outside Ireland is massively important to us.
“It will be occasion to remember on November 22nd as two excellent teams from Dublin and Galway demonstrate the best skills of our games”.
The travelling party will leave with Aer Lingus from Dublin and Shannon Airports on Friday, November 20th and return on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th.