Gaelic football, hurling, and camogie are the traditional field sports of Ireland. Hurling, and its female equivalent camogie, are played with a small ball and a curved wooden stick, and the fast-paced play resembles a hybrid between lacrosse and hockey. Hurling is one of the world’s oldest field sports and has been played in Ireland continuously for more than 800 years. Gaelic Football is often described as a mixture of soccer and rugby, and is played with a ball that looks like a volleyball but is heavier than a soccer ball. Gaelic Football developed in Ireland at a time when hurling was declared illegal, and uses rules mostly identical to hurling in regards to positions, scoring, possession, and fouls.
In recent years, the Gaelic Athletic Association, the governing body for these sports, has sought to bring them to an international audience. As a result, teams are made up of both Irish-born players and non-Irish. Whether the players are Irish, American, Canadian, or from another place, the games will be fast-paced and competitive.
Spectators of all ages are welcome at this free event, made possible through the generosity of PopCap Games. The event starts at 9:30am and continues throughout the day. Two fields of games will be running simultaneously. The Green Lake athletic fields are located behind the Community Center/Evans Pool. After the event, a social will be held at the Kangaroo & Kiwi pub in Ballard.
The Seattle Gaels are a part of the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle, and endeavor to promote the Irish Sports of Gaelic Football, Hurling to Men, Women and Youth in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about these sports or the Seattle Gaels, please visit: www.gaa.ie or www.seattlegaels.com.
If you would like more information, please contact Julia Buck at (425) 243-7735 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.seattlegaels.com