Our Work

Our work includes support and research for a broad range of programs and projects related to the intersection of the Irish American experience and baseball.

Supporting the Game of Baseball in Ireland

Our parent organization, Emerald Diamond International, has been working to support the growth and development of baseball in Ireland since 2006. Emerald Diamond’s work includes organizing youth baseball programs, training coaches, and providing equipment and financial support for field development, uniforms, and other related expenses. We support Baseball United’s programs by strengthening the connection between Irish American baseball fans and baseball programs in Ireland. Our goals include:

  • Irish-born and raised players in college and pro baseball
  • Ireland in the Olympics (Baseball & Softball)
  • Ireland in the World Baseball Classic
  • An MLB Game in Ireland
  • A Professional Irish Baseball Team

Researching the History of Irish Baseball… In Ireland and America!

 Team photo of the first youth baseball team in Tramore, County Waterford (1958). Clive Butterworth is third from the left.

We study the Irish impact on baseball history and the Irish American influence on today’s game. We also study the history of baseball in Ireland, from the first known Irish baseball game in 1874 to the present day.

The Clive Butterworth Award recognizes outstanding volunteer service in the development of youth baseball in Ireland. The award honors early Irish baseball pioneer Clive Butterworth, the organizer and coach of the first known baseball teams in Ireland. The award was established in 2019 by the Irish American Baseball Society, in partnership with the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and the Baseball United Foundation.