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Irish Sport of Hurling to Come to Citi Field This November

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Aug. 16, 2019 By Shane O’Brien

Citi Field will play host to a traditional Irish sport called hurling for the first time ever this November.

The New York Hurling Classic is a three-game tournament which will take place at Citi Field on Saturday, Nov. 16 and will feature teams from Kilkenny, Tipperary, Limerick and Wexford, four of Ireland’s most prominent hurling regions.

The tournament follows three successful hurling events at Fenway Park in Boston in 2015, 2017 and 2018 where teams competed for the Players Champions Cup. Limerick are the defending champions after they won the trophy last year.

Commonly referenced in Irish folklore, hurling is one of the oldest sports in the world and is widely regarded as the fastest field sport on the planet.

Fenway Sports Management and Metropolitan Hospital, which manages non-Mets games at Citi Field, are staging the Hurling Classic in conjunction with the Gaelic Athletic Association, the sporting body which oversees the sport of hurling.

Hurling is a completely amateur sport played by two teams of 15 players who use sticks, called hurls or hurleys, to hit a small leather ball, called a sliotar, through their opponent’s goalposts. A shot that goes over the crossbar is worth one point, while a shot that goes under the crossbar into a goal guarded by a goalkeeper, is worth three points.

No player transfers are permitted in hurling and players play purely for the pride of their county.

Every year, 15 counties in Ireland compete for the All Ireland Hurling Championship, the most prestigious trophy in the sport. The All Ireland hurling final takes place in Dublin in front of 82,300 people on the third Sunday of August.

Kilkenny and Tipperary, two of the teams set to play in Citi Field, are two of the most successful counties in Ireland and will do battle this Sunday for the coveted trophy.

The game is also widely played across New York City by the Irish community.

The game at Citi Field will be a modified version of the game of hurling, with only 11 players on each team and players only allowed to score goals worth three points.

The New York Hurling Classic will also feature a festival of Irish music and dancing at Citi Field.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m., with a presale option available on Aug. 26 and 27. Tickets can be purchased from https://www.mlb.com/mets/tickets/specials/hurling.

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Robert O'Leary

Shannon Gaels Gaelic Athletic Association. We are a Queens based Club that fields teams in Gaelic Football, Hurling & Camogie with Boys and Girls Teams ages 6 up to 18. We can be contacted through our web site ShannonGaels.org Or call David 347-583-9030 New members are always welcome.

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Johnny Cakes

Baseball was my passion as a young boy and I absolutely fell in love with hurling when I visited Ireland for a summer. It is one of the most exciting sports out there.

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Patrick

Actually, the only time Irish people use the word “hurl” it’s after having about 20 beers.

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Not Necessary 2 Say That

Hey Patrick: Shame on you for continuing to slam the Irish. If you are Irish you should know better and get yourself a true Irish sense of humor and class.

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Patrick McCormack

yeh, lighten up. If you’ve ever been to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade you know what I mean. we have a sense of humor and can make fun of ourselves.

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Jonny Walsh

No social justice warriors out to defend the Irish immigrants. I wonder why that is??

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Guess why

That’s because the Irish are not “people of color”. Only “people of color” need apply.

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Woke Up

That’s right. Social justice warrior is passé. The correct term is “woke”. Most of the “woke” crowd looks as if they need waking up themselves. More a bunch of rebels without a cause than anything else.

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Wait I thought we were supposed to blame "millennials" for all our problems?

Oh well whatever trite label will do

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