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  • Boston Northeast Update - O'Brien Cup Draw
    by Rory on April 15, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    The 2018 season is upon us.  The draw for the Pat O’Brien Cup took place at the meeting of the board and the competition is set to begin on April 26.  There are 7 teams entered and the format will consist of 2 groups, one with 4 teams and one with 3.  Group A includes Galway, Wolfe Tones, Connemara Gaels, and Donegal.  Group B includes Cork, Aidan McAnespies and Shannon Blues.  Teams w […]

  • 2018 CYC Boston - A Night of Honor at Florian Hall
    by Rory on March 4, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    The 2018 Boston Continental Youth Championship (CYC) will be held August 1-5, 2018 at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton.  The CYC is the largest youth GAA tournament held outside of Ireland.  Over 2,500 players from Under 6 to Under 18 making up 200 teams are expected to participate.  In hopes of winning Championship honors, clubs travel from all over - including Ireland, England, Canada, […]

  • Significant Developments at Boston Northeast GAA AGM
    by Rory on February 17, 2018 at 3:18 am

    The Boston Northeast divisional board 2018 AGM was held last Sunday, February 11, at the Irish Cultural Center, Canton Mass.   Aside from electing the board of officers for the 2018 season, there were a couple of fairly significant developments.  A motion was passed to restructure the senior hurling championship with the goal of focusing on resident players and improving the competition […]

  • Cárna/Caiseal footballers to visit Boston
    by Rory on October 29, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Next Saturday, November 4, Connemara connections on either side of the Atlantic will be restored when a visiting Cárna/Caiseal team plays the Connemara Gaels in a challenge for the Coley Lydon Memorial Cup at the Irish Cultural Center.  The relationship between Boston and Connemara is long and deep, and the area west of Galway city has left an indelible mark on the Boston area over the […]

  • Blues and Tipp Bring the Silverware Back East.
    by Rory on September 5, 2017 at 1:39 am

    San Francisco hosted the 2017 North American GAA finals on Labor Day weekend.  The games were played at Pairc na nGael on Treasure Island, San Francisco GAA’s home facility.  Treasure Island is a man-made island in the middle of San Francisco Bay that was created from dredging the harbor to make for safer shipping channels.  The island was created in 1937-38 and the Golden Gate Exposition was […]

  • Junior C Hurling Final - Barley House Wolves v Worcester
    by Rory on August 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Worcester v Barley House Wolves There was no separating these teams when they met earlier in the year, and for most of this final it looked like it was heading towards another draw. But three goals in the second half lifted Worcester to victory, and their captain Liam Kelly lifted the cup on a 3-06 to 0-08 scoreline.  Worcester Captain Liam Kelly raises the junior C hurling cup. T […]

  • Junior A Hurling Final
    by Rory on August 22, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Tipperary v Offaly Offaly started this match very brightly and for most of the first half it looked like Tipperary might have been California dreamin’ too early. But going a man down early seemed to spark the Premier county men and they’re off to San Francisco with cup in hand after raising their game near the heights shown all year. Stephen Brown struck the sliotar cleanly, and Offaly […]

  • Junior A Football Final: Cork v Shannon Blues
    by Rory on August 22, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Cork v Shannon Blues Cork relied on an injury time penalty last week to reach this final, and the Rebel men made it interesting once again as they scored a last minute goal to claim this thrilling decider by a single point. It was the club’s first win in this competition in twelve years, which will make the refreshments tonight in Cambridge taste all the sweeter.  Cork made it all t […]

  • Senior Football Final - Shannon Blues v Aidan McAnespies
    by Rory on August 22, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Shannon Blues v Aidan McAnespies The sun was setting on a perfect summer evening as the champagne-soaked Shannon Blues raised the cup. It was a physical encounter, more tactical than thrilling, but the Blues fully deserved to go through to the North American finals. Brian ‘Biscuits’ Kennedy had his charges in shape and in tune for this final, and Boston GAA Chairman John Farrell described […]

  • Boston Northeast GAA Finals Next Sunday
    by Rory on August 17, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Sunday August 20 - Irish Cultural Center, Canton Mass. 4:00 Senior Football Final – Shannon Blues v Aidan McAnespies McAnespies have made it this far against the odds - can they take the final step? So, we are down to the last two teams standing after a very close run senior football championship.  Starting with the Shannon Blues.  The Blues have at times looked unstoppable this year […]

  • Senior Football Semi-Final: Shannon Blues v Galway
    by Rory on August 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Galway 0-14 Shannon Blues 2-13 Shannon Blues put in a dominant second half performance to overturn a five point half-time deficit and end with a 5 point win.  The Blues won the lion’s share of second half possession and when Galway did manage to get into scoring range, the Blues defence smothered any opportunity of scoring.  A Darren Wallace second half goal spurred the Blues comeback, and […]

  • Junior A Football Semi-Final: Cork v Connemara Gaels
    by Rory on August 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Cork 3-22 Connemara Gaels 5-8 (AET) The Gaels seemed to have the game in the bag, but Cork pulled off a second half comeback to force extra time.  The rebels then had more in reserve for the additional 20 minutes and in the end came out comfortable victors.  Cathail Arnold was the center of all things good for the Corkmen, and when the Down man had the ball in his hands it was almost always […]

  • Junior A Hurling Semi-Final: Fr. Tom Burke's v OffalyOffaly 4-17 Fr. Tom Burke’s 4-14 (AET)
    by Rory on August 14, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Another junior A Semi-Final, another game that went into extra time.  It was tight all the way through, and with Tom’s ahead by a point in injury time, and Offaly free leveled matters to send it into extra time.  A sending off in the additional period did not help Tom’s cause, and a Shaun Dunne goal early in the second period set up Offaly for the win and a date with Tipperary next week. […]

  • Junior B Football Final - Cork v Donegal
    by Rory on August 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Donegal 6-12 Cork 0-16 Donegal put in a six goal performance to deliver their third junior B football trophy in a row.  Christy McLaughlin was the man of the hour, netting two goals and putting some beautiful points over the bar from all angles and distances.  In the second half when Cork were pushing close to catching Donegal, the Malin native retreated to the middle of the field and […]

  • Boston Northeast GAA Semi-Finals Weekend at the ICC
    by Rory on August 11, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Sunday August 13 Shannon Blues v Galway 1:45 First up are Galway and the Shannon Blues.  Galway find themselves one game away from repeating last year’s final appearance.  The westerners field a balanced side and play a fluid style, moving the ball well when in possession.  There are plenty of finishers in the forward line.  Home based stalwart Kevin Cummins can be relied on to come u […]

  • Sun Aug 6 - Senior Hurling: Fr. Tom's v Galway
    by Rory on August 7, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Fr. Tom Burke’s 1-14 Galway 2-8 Fr. Tom’s took the fourth game of the championship series with a one goal win.  Tom’s were a step ahead of their opponents for most of the game and in the second half the defence did a superb job of shutting down Galway’s forward line.  A last minute stop from goalkeeper Liam Doyle to deny Galway a last chance equalizer saw Tom’s over the line to […]

  • Sun Aug 6 - Senior Football Q/F: Aidan McAnespies v Connemara Gaels
    by Rory on August 7, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Connemara Gaels 1-14 Aidan McAnespies 2-13 AET The Gaels and McAnespies served up a tremendous game that was full of incident and excitement.  It could have gone either way as early in the second period of extra time the teams were still tied.  With victory in their grasp at the end of normal time, McAnespies saw a three point injury time lead slip away and the Gaels force extra time.  In t […]

  • Sun Aug 6 - Senior Football QF: Shannon Blues v Wolfe Tones
    by Rory on August 7, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Shannon Blues 1-20 Wolfe Tones 0-12 Shannon Blues advanced to the semi-finals with a handsome quarter-final win over the Wolfe Tones on Sunday afternoon.  A goal from Josh Ryan early in the second half put the game out of reach for the Tones.  The Blues moved the ball well out of defence, and their speed and strength, along with some good finishing, saw them into the next stage of t […]

  • Senior Football Quarter Finals, Senior Hurling Game 5
    by Rory on August 5, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Shannon Blues v Wolfe Tones – 2:00 Sunday Aug 6 Hard to believe that we are already at the knockout stages of the senior football championship.  Sunday at 2:00 sees Shannon Blues and Wolfe Tones meet in the first of 2 quarter finals.  The teams met in their final regular season game last week, a game that the Blues won handily.  It is not a game to use as a reliable yardstick as t […]

  • Buffalo CYC a Roaring Success
    by Rory on August 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    St. Brendan's and Trinity Milton met in the U8 Final. Hundreds of underage players and families from the New England region made the 460 mile journey westwards to Buffalo, NY to compete in the 2017 CYC tournament.  It is the largest Gaelic sports youth tournament outside of Ireland, and took place from July 27 – 30 at the beautiful West Seneca Soccer Complex about 10 miles from downtown […]