Young Ireland Sydney

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Young Ireland Sydney
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Founded: 1969
County: Australasia
Division New South Wales
Nickname: The Green and Gold
Club Colours: Green and Gold
Grounds: Princes Park, Auburn, Sydney
Standard colours

Young Ireland Sydney is a Gaelic football club located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia and is a member of New South Wales divisional board.[1]

Grounds[edit]

The club plays its matches at Princes Park in the suburb of Auburn Council in Sydney, New South Wales. The location of the field is about 15 kilometres west of Sydney central business district.

In the summer months (January, February, and March) the club base itself in Queens Park in the eastern suburbs. Queens Park is located 6 km east of the Sydney central business district, near Centennial Park. (West of Waverley and Charing Cross, south of Bondi Junction and north of Randwick).

In the Autumn and Winter (April to September) the club holds its training sessions in Ashfield Park, Ashfield in inner-west Sydney.

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 pm.

History[edit]

Set-up in 1969, the club took to the field and contested in competition - narrowly missing out on silverware in its first year.[2] In 1970 however, the club took home the championship trophy. As a result of this win Young Ireland were rewarded with the chance to represent the New South Wales GAA in the Australian inter-state competition. The club recorded a 6 point win against another Young Ireland of Melbourne in Wagga Wagga.

In 1989, Young Ireland became the first Gaelic football team to have a sponsor's name on its jerseys, when Mike Hughes Finance became sponsors.[citation needed]

In 1990, the club was invited to take part in an exhibition game against Wolfetones of Melbourne as the curtain-raiser to the Ireland v's Australia International Rules match.

The New South Wales Gaelic Athletic Association has named its three main trophy's in honour of deceased club members. Namely: Seamus Dowling (Championship), Tom Kearney (League) and James McGirr (Inter Provincial).

Roll of Honour[edit]

  • Championship 1970, 1978, 1980, 1981,1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994,1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • League 1970, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007

Club crest[edit]

In 2006, to mark the clubs 37th year of continuous participation in the competitions and celebrate being the longest running club in New South Wales Gaelic league, the club commissioned the design of a club crest.

The crest is of a Gaelic football which sits on a map of Ireland which in turn sits on a map of Australia. The background image is of a traditional celtic cross with a round border. The writing in the border is Young Ireland Sydney Australia with 1969 the year of the clubs founding. On the side are the letters NSW GAA to signify the clubs state of origin.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "League Results 2007". Archived from the original on 2008-03-25. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Club history". Retrieved 2008-04-07. 

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