US GAA club on local visit

An American hurling club is set to visit Cahir as part of an international hurling ‘Gathering.’

An American hurling club is set to visit Cahir as part of an international hurling ‘Gathering.’

Milwaukee Hurling Club, from the state of Wisconsin, are coming to Ireland as part of the Aer Lingus International Hurling Gathering Tournament, from September 19 to 21, lead by Cahir native Vinny Moloney.

The team will take a tour of Croke Park on September 14 and then Vinny will bring them to Cahir on Monday 16, visiting Cahir Castle and Johnny B’s hurley making operation followed by a training session at Semple Stadium with Brendan Cummins and Eoin Kelly.

The following day they will visit Pairc Ui Chaoimh, visit John Torpey hurley maker in Sixmilebridge and then three nights in Loughrea for the gathering event. Galway is Milwaukee’s ‘Sister City.’

Well done to Vinny who is heavily involved in promoting Irish cultural activities in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Hurling Club (MHC) has promoted the sport of hurling through education and game play since 1996, starting with 30 members. In 1997 four teams were formed and this enabled the club to hold regular games. By 2010 the MHC grew to over 300 members, including over 100 youths. The Milwaukee Hurling Club’s 15th season featured 10 adult co-ed teams, and six youth teams.

The Milwaukee Hurling Club attempts to develop American players unlike some of the clubs in American cities who bring in players from Ireland. The club is funded by the players and sponsors. While the MHC plays games among the 11 teams within the club there are travelling teams which compete in North American Gaelic Athletic Association tournaments, two hurling and one camogie team. In 2007 the Milwaukee Men’s Junior B travelling team captured its first NAGAA Championship. The club play in blue and white.

An Irish delegation from the GAA visited MHC in June.