The opportunity to bring Gaelic Games around the world has a long tradition and November will see some of the finest hurlers heading West to Boston for the Fenway Classic as well now as East to Sydney for a Wild Geese match between Kilkenny and Galway.
The game will take place in the Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia on November 11. It will be part of a wider Sydney Irish Festival sponsored by Bulmers and also supported by Allianz and O’Neills.
Team managers Brian Cody and Micheál Donoghue have assembled strong traveling squads headlined by big names like Cillian Buckley, Joe Canning, Eoin Murphy, Pádraic Mannion, Walter Walsh and Conor Whelan.
This will be the first major inter-county hurling match to be played in Australia and the game will be shown live on TV via Fox Sports while it will also be broadcast in Ireland by RTE.
“Since the 1980’s we have been able to showcase our best Gaelic footballers in Australia via the Compromise and International Rules games,” said GAA President John Horan at a special event in the Australian Embassy in Dublin yesterday.
“Now with the Wild Geese Trophy we have an opportunity to bring some of the very best hurlers that we have in the game across to Australia and show people the exciting and unique sport that it is.”
“Australian people, much like the Irish, are passionate about and appreciate sport and we believe they will enjoy the spectacle. It’s also a chance to bring a piece of home to the many thousands of Irish who are in Sydney and New South Wales and acknowledge the excellent work that is being done by our Australasia Board at promoting Gaelic games across Australia and New Zealand.”
A wider programme of events on the Saturday will feature displays of Irish food and drink and also music with Mary Black and Damien Dempsey headlining.
The events will take place the week before Limerick, Clare, Cork and Wexford take each other on in Boston in a Super 11’s tournament that will also be broadcast live back to Ireland on TG4.