New York’s Men’s Gaelic Football team is heading for Tullamore this weekend to compete in the Quarter Final of the Tailteann Cup.

Their presence will add a dash of glamour and it is the first time that the side has played against the team that won the right to wear the colours of the Irish tricolour as their county jersey.

You can only imagine that story will be told in the bars and homes of the diaspora in and around New York on Saturday as they tune in to GAA Go and hope for a miracle.

New York have competed in the Connacht Senior Championship since 1999 but have yet to record a win. The closest they came was in 2003 when they took Leitrim into extra time at Gaelic Park in New York but went down in the end by two points.

“We’re looking forward to the fanfare and excitement of New York coming to Tullamore,” said Offaly manager John Maughan.

“I’m very, very happy to have a home game first of all. The Tailteann Cup is a great competition and we’ve two wins in it now, a good victory over Wicklow on Sunday and the previous weekend down in Wexford. So we’re delighted to be progressing in it.”

“It would just be wonderful to get to Croke Park. We’ll do our research on New York, we’ll treat them with great respect. We’re eagerly looking forward to the game.”

The tournament will be down to four after this weekend’s games in Tullamore, between Fermanagh and Cavan, Sligo and Leitrim and Carlow and Westmeath.

The tournament is part of the Senior Football Championship and as such within the sponsorship remit of AIB, SuperValu and eir.

We will not be surprised to see GAA President Larry McCarthy in attendance renewing acquaintance with some of his former colleagues in the US game.



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