Almost 5% of Co Leitrim travel to New York to cheer on footballers

Almost 5% of Co Leitrim travel to New York to cheer on footballers

By John Fallon

Almost 5% of the population of Leitrim has travelled to the Big Apple to cheer them on as they try to avoid becoming the first county to lose a Connacht SFC game to New York.

Over 1,500 people have made the journey from Leitrim — the county’s population is just over 31,000 — as they try to score their fourth win over New York at Gaelic Park.

New York, with Armagh’s Jamie Clarke leading their attack, are confident of a first win in 20 games in the Connacht championship on a day when the Exiles will mark the 90th anniversary today of the first game to be played at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.

But Leitrim have travelled in force with hundreds more of their supporters coming from New York and all along the east coast of the United States.

Connacht Council chairman Gerry McGovern, himself a former Leitrim chairman, said that the fixture has become a huge event for emigrants and for their families back in Ireland.

“There are over 1,500 out here from Leitrim, maybe more that we aren’t aware of yet, but it is a great opportunity for them to meet friends and families.

“New York and London are very much part of the Connacht GAA family and there is a great connection between the province and the two cities.

“But that’s not surprising given that you would find it difficult to find a parish or club throughout Connacht that doesn’t have someone living here or in London.

“This annual match is a great opportunity for people to link up and we are delighted so many have again travelled from Ireland. It promises to be a great occasion at Gaelic Park,” he said.

Rain is expected this afternoon in New York with a full house expected at Gaelic Park for a match which will start at 7.15pm Irish time.

More in this Section

Trio of away wins and a draw in O'Byrne CupTrio of away wins and a draw in O'Byrne Cup

Late Robin Copeland try caps Connacht comeback win over GloucesterLate Robin Copeland try caps Connacht comeback win over Gloucester

Salah scores twice as Liverpool march on with win over WatfordSalah scores twice as Liverpool march on with win over Watford

Mourinho not able to give “fundamental” Kane another breakMourinho not able to give “fundamental” Kane another break


Lifestyle

Want to be cultured this Christmas? From TV to podcasts to books, Ed Power has the definite list of everything you missed this year - so you can curl up on the couch and catch upThe definite list of everything you missed this year

Artist Ciara Rodgers teaches older people how to rediscover their creativity and regain confidence, says Rowena WalshBrush with art: Discovering your creative side in later life

Furniture, paintings, jewellery and silver are on offer at James Adam in Dublin, writes Des O’SullivanAll set for home run: See what's on offer at the James Adam sale in Dublin

It’s not too late to hunt out a unique gift. Des O’Sullivan previews sales in the lead-up to the festive seasonA flurry of auctions in Munster sets the scene for Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner