Fergie Hanna, who is completing the history of the New York GAA for their centenary in 2014, is looking for information on a football team from Tipperary who visited the U.S. in July 1905.
If anybody has any information about this team, please contact County PRO, Ger Ryan on 086 8149146 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team was referred to in the New York Irish press as the Galtees, but this might just have been a reference to the county where the team hailed from rather than the actual club itself.
A photograph was published in the American Advocate on July 8 1905, and this photo was credited to P.J. Condon of Cahir.
The names of the players in the photo were (in alphabetical order) – James Coffey, Pat Condon, P. Davin, John Fogarty, P. Heffernan, James Hickey, Jas Keating, Jas Kiely, P. Kiely, John Morrissey (captain), P. Myers, P. O’Donnell, T. O’Mara, M. Prendergast, John Ryan, P. Ryan.
On June 24 this piece appeared in the columns of the Advocate – “The best football players of County Tipperary under the new and appropriate name of the Galtee Football club will be here within a week, and will give exhibitions of their prowess throughout the United States. Their first appearance in America will be at the Tipperary Men’s Picnic at Celtic Park on July 16 when the new arrivals will play the Tipperary men of New York. After this they will travel West and South and will play local teams in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver and other places where Gaelic football teams are in vogue. Their appearance at Celtic Park will create no small interest among the Irish sporting element everywhere in this country, and their appearance at Celtic Park on Sunday July 16 will attract the lovers of Gaelic football from the five boroughs and some of the neighbouring States to witness their skill in a game with the sturdy sons of their native county in this city.”