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Eamon Fitzgerald of the New York GAA on the Irish Baseball Podcast

"We want to provide a pathway for them to continue playing from youth to adult levels, and even compete in Ireland. That's why we put a lot of emphasis on the underage system and developing our own talent here in New York." - Eamon Fitzgerald, New York GAA

In the most recent episode of the Irish Baseball Podcast, host Rick Becker interviews Eamon Fitzgerald of the New York GAA. Fitzgerald discusses challenges involved in promoting Gaelic football and hurling in the United States, emphasizing the importance of encouraging children to participate in multiple sports, while also providing structured opportunities for them to engage with Gaelic games.

The New York GAA is particularly focused on keeping players playing Gaelic games, as they get older.”We want to provide a pathway for them to continue playing from youth to adult levels, and even compete in Ireland. That’s why we put a lot of emphasis on the underage system and developing our own talent here in New York.”

One challenge faced by the GAA is how to encourage kids to play Gaelic football and hurling, when there is so much competition from other sports in America, many of which provide scholarship opportunities at the college level.

“While we encourage kids to play as many sports as they can, we also understand the importance of scholarships and high school sports in the United States. We try to schedule Gaelic football and hurling games at set times, so they don’t conflict with other sports. It’s a balancing act, but we want to ensure that kids have the opportunity to experience and enjoy Gaelic games while also pursuing their other interests,” explained Fitzgerald.