New York GAA

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New York GAA
New York GAA Crest.png
Irish:Nua Eabhrac
Nickname(s):The Exiles
Dominant sport:Dual county
Ground(s):Gaelic Park, New York City
County colours:   
County teams
Football Championship:Connacht Senior Football Championship

The New York County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Chontae Nua Eabhrac), or New York GAA, is one of the county boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association outside Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in the New York metropolitan area. The county board is also responsible for the New York county teams.

The county football team competes in the Connacht Senior Football Championship.



The two main competitions for clubs in the county are the New York Senior Football Championship and the New York Junior Football Championship.

The following football clubs are based in the county:

  • Astoria Gaels (defunct)[1]
  • Saint Barnabas[2]
  • St.Bridgids
  • St Patrick’s GAA (Connecticut)
  • Brooklyn[3]
  • Cavan New York[4]
  • Celtics
  • Cork New York[4]
  • Donegal New York[3]
  • Kerry New York[4]
  • Long Island Gaels[2] (Point Lookout)
  • Longford New York[3]
  • Manhattan[3]
  • Mayo New York[2]
  • Monaghan New York[4]
  • O'Donovan Rossa (Astoria, Queens)
  • Offaly New York
  • Rangers[2]
  • Raymonds[3]
  • Rockland[2] (Orangeburg)
  • Saint Patricks[5]
  • Sligo New York[2]
  • Shannon Gaels (College Point, Queens)
  • Tyrone New York[2]
  • Westmeath New York[3]

County team[edit]

The New York GAA has a long history in Gaelic games starting at a time of the mass immigration to New York from Ireland. The first organised hurling and football club in New York was founded in 1857.[6] Since then football in New York has grown. At one point there were close to 40 football clubs in the New York GAA league. However, since the migration back to Ireland with that country's increasing economic prosperity (the Celtic Tiger), the number of clubs dwindled down to 31. In the past two years,[when?] the NY GAA has brought in two new teams, one (Na Clairsigh) from Albany and another (Four Provinces) from Philadelphia. But with the Meath team dropping out of the league competition due to too few players and other teams combining together, participation has declined. However, the renovation of Gaelic Park and increased participation by underage teams are measures that have been taken to increase participation again without having to rely on players imported from Ireland.



The main competition for clubs in the county is the New York Senior Hurling Championship.

The following hurling clubs are based in the county:

  • Bronx Warriors (defunct)[1]
  • Galway New York[7]
  • Hoboken Guards[8]
  • Rockland[7]
  • Shannon Gaels[7]
  • Tipperary New York[7]
  • Ulster New York[7]
  • Waterford New York[7]
  • Westmeath New York[7]
  • Limerick New York

County team[edit]

The first organised hurling and Gaelic football club in New York was founded in 1857.[6] In the following 30 years, the New York, Emmet, Wolfe Tone, Brooklyn, Geraldine and Men of Ireland clubs were set up.[6] The Gaelic Athletic Association's successful North American tour had a notable effect on the growth of hurling in New York and North America in general by the end of the 19th century.[6] At this time, the Keane Gaelic Hurling Trophy began to be awarded to the club which won the New York senior championship.[6]

New York's county team have had a number of notable hurling achievements, particularly the 1958 win over Wexford. In 1969, New York defeated Kilkenny over two legs in what was described as a "world championship cup".[9]

In the 2006 Ulster Senior Hurling Championship, New York scored a famous 1-18 to 1-12 win over Derry. This entitled them to take part in the Ulster final, which had to be delayed because the New York players had trouble travelling, see 2006 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The delayed game took place in Boston on Sunday October 22, 2006 as a curtain-raiser to the Interprovincial Championship football final; New York lost 2-20 – 1-14 to Antrim. New York did not play in the 2007 Ulster Senior Hurling Championship.

New York won an All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship in 1996.


Camogie, a version of hurling for ladies, is also played by several clubs in New York. The 2010 camogie champion was Na Fianna who retained their title by defeating Cavan 0-17 to 1-10.[10]

Ladies' football[edit]

New York has a number of ladies' football teams. The county also fields a ladies' team in the Women's World Cup (this tournament does not include Irish sides).[citation needed]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2015-07-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2015-07-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c d "Senior A". 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  5. ^[bare URL]
  6. ^ a b c d e Joseph Lee; Marion R. Casey (2006). Making the Irish American: history and heritage of the Irish in the United States. NYU Press. p. 453. ISBN 9780814752081.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-14. Retrieved 2015-07-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^[bare URL]
  9. ^ Eugene Kyne (October 15, 2008). "Anniversary for Hurling Heroes". Irish Voice. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  10. ^ 2010 final report

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