Thursday 27 October 2016

Galway and Dublin hurlers to take each other on at the home of the Boston Red Sox

Published 15/09/2015 | 13:44

Fenway Park has played host to Ice Hockey in the past
Fenway Park has played host to Ice Hockey in the past
Joe Canning will grace the turf at Fenway Park

Dublin and Galway will meet in a unique hurling exhibition game at Fenway Park on November 22.

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The beaten All-Ireland finalists will take on the Dubs in the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic as part of an Irish Festival which will be taking place in the city.

The AIG Fenway Hurling Classic has been in the planning stages for months and has the full support of the GAA, the GPA, both the Dublin and Galway county boards, the North American GAA board and FSM.  Aer Lingus, the official airline partner of Dublin GAA and the official travel partner of the GPA, are also backing the match and will provide flights for the entire travelling party. 

The clash will take place on the day after Boston College take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame at the same venue, in one of the biggest fixtures in the college football calendar.

The tie will be played using the Super 11s format, an eleven aside format of traditional hurling.  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. 

Only goals can be scored in the adapted game.  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.

It will be the first time a hurling game has taken place in Fenway Park since 1954 when All-Ireland champions Cork beat an American selection.

Speaking on behalf of the GPA, Chairman Dónal Óg Cusack said:  “The AIG Fenway Hurling Classic is a truly wonderful opportunity for us to exhibit hurling at a high profile US sporting venue, and there is none more iconic than the home of the Red Sox. We believe that hurling ranks alongside the best sports in the world and the staging of this game in Fenway is part of our commitment to convey that message to a new and influential audience.”

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