The AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival was launched in Dublin yesterday and will take place in Boston on November 19th. It promises to be some party and yesterday’s launch was livened up by it being the first appearance of Dublin’s new Hurling Manager Pat Gilroy.
Dublin’s hurlers will wear their AIG sponsored shirts against Leinster, Allianz League and All-Ireland champions Galway in the first semi-final at Fenway Park and there will be a clash of champions in the other semi-final as 2016 All-Ireland champions Tipperary take on 2016 League champions Clare with both winners proceeding to a final.
The games will be played under the Super 11s format, devised by the Gaelic Players Association in collaboration with the GAA. It was developed specifically to allow hurling to be played in stadiums and venues all over the world where the pitch size is smaller than the traditional hurling pitch.
Training sessions to ensure the players become fully accustomed to the rules will be organised by the GAA and GPA in advance of the trip.
Similar to 2015, TG4 are on board as official broadcast partners and will be showing both semi-finals and the final live on back to an Irish audience and most likely online as well.
Aer Lingus have once again shown their commitment to the event by supplying flights for all travelling teams as official Airline partner.
AIG in Ireland is delighted to be bringing hurling back to the United States in 2017 after a successful 2015 event,” said General Manager at AIG Ireland, Declan O’Rourke
“Hurling is a unique and wonderful part of our culture, played with great passion and skill for thousands of years. It gives us great pride to share our exciting games at the highest level with the people of Boston again in November.”
“Thanks to our partners for their continued support, without them this event would not be possible.”
“After an immensely successful event in 2015, we are delighted that hurling is coming back to Boston and Fenway Park as four counties compete for the inaugural Players Champions Cup,” added Dermot Eraley, CEO of the Gaelic Players Association.
“Playing our games in iconic sports venues like Fenway Park further promotes the growth and interest of our games in the United States and worldwide and our players are looking forward to the opportunity of taking part in this historic event.”
“It is encouraging to see the interest and impact our national games can have overseas and we’re delighted to be involved in this event for that reason,” said The GAA’s Director of Player, Club & Games Administration Feargall McGill.
“The growth of Gaelic Games abroad and the fact that we have more than 400 GAA Clubs operating outside of Ireland is something we are proud of and eager to build on. Bringing hurling to what is widely recognised as an Irish city outside Ireland will be a great celebration of Irish culture.”
“Aer Lingus are thrilled to once again be supporting the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival,” said Declan Kearney, Communications Director of Aer Lingus.
“In 2015, a packed Fenway Park got a flavour of one of our native games. The atmosphere was electrifying and we are expecting that and more again this year.”
“We look forward to welcoming the Galway, Dublin, Clare and Tipperary Hurling teams on board our Boston services in November as they make their way to Fenway for what promises to be a memorable event.
The travelling party will depart with Aer Lingus from Dublin Airport on Friday, November 17th.
To date, more than 20,000 tickets have been sold for this exciting event. It’s anticipated that tickets will sell out, making the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival one of the biggest hurling attractions between now and the start of the 2018 Hurling Championship. For more details and for ticket information, please visit www.redsox.com/hurling.
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