Corofin to get a taste of Big Apple
New York are set to play All-Ireland club champions Corofin in the Big Apple next week as they ramp up preparations for their Connacht championship match against Leitrim at Gaelic Park next month.
The Exiles went close to shocking both Galway and Roscommon in recent years and will go into the May 6 showdown with high hopes of claiming Leitrim's scalp.
The Galway club, who recently won their third All-Ireland club title, will use the trip as a fundraising exercise and to celebrate their recent triumphs.
"We will be bringing the players from 2015 as well," said Corofin club chairman Michael Ryder. "It will be an unique trip and a reward for all involved.
"We are all looking forward to it and hope to give New York a good game. We are training for it and want to represent ourselves well.
"It will be great to meet up with Corofin and other Galway people out there, as all the people who keep the GAA alive in New York, " added Ryder.
One of the fundraising events will be held the night after the match in Jake's Saloon, which is owned by Galway native Jimmy Glynn.
The Corofin travelling party of 47 will fly out next Thursday and the match against New York will take place that evening in Gaelic Park.
There are several connections between New York GAA and the Corofin club, with current Galway star Michael Lundy a key organiser in the trip, having played in the championship for the Exiles a couple of years ago.