Just hours until the 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

SUPER BOWL OF HURLING: Tipperary and Kilkenny face off in the final match of the hurling season in just a few hours. The 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship is hard to find in America unless you have an Irish pub that's opening up early or you're willing to buy the game on Pay-Per-View through the web.

SUPER BOWL OF HURLING: Tipperary and Kilkenny face off in the final match of the hurling season in just a few hours. The 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship is hard to find in America unless you have an Irish pub that’s opening up early or you’re willing to buy the game on Pay-Per-View through the web.

We’re just hours away from the 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, which will see the County Tipperary and County Kilkenny teams against one another on September 7. Here in America, the game will be tough to see for free and expensive if you’re going to watch it on your computer.  To do so, you’ll pay a pretty penny at the GAA Go site, but that will also give you access to dozens of other games from earlier in the season.

There are probably other ways to watch the match, such as visiting your local Irish pub, but they will have to be open quite early in the morning to carry the matches live. Over in Ireland, the hurling coverage begins at 1:oo pm with the minors match featuring Kilkenny and Limerick. The big guns start their game about 3:30 in Ireland. That means here on the U.S. eastern seaboard, the coverage starts at 8 a.m. (If I’m doing my math correctly).

If you can’t see it live, I’d suggest searching YouTube a over the next week or so and you will likely find it posted there. You also might find it at the site of Irish broadcaster RTE.

While you wait, check out this beauty of a tribute video to the sport of hurling.

If you’re interested in trying hurling for yourself, then check out the Hurley to Rise list of North American Hurling Clubs. Just last weekend, hurling and camogie players from across the U.S. gathered for North America’s Gaelic Athletic Association championships. Here you can see the action from finals in those sports plus gaelic football.

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A few St. Patrick’s Day parade photos from U.S. hurling clubs

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Gaelic Athletic Associations around America are out in full force. Here are some pictures from some of the clubs’ appearances in various parades over the weekend. Do you have some pictures from your events this weekend? Send them to john@johnsimcoe.com

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Learn more about the Hampton Roads Hurling Club of Virginia at www.facebook.com/HamptonRoadsHurlingClub

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Learn more about the Fox River Hurling Club of Wisconsin at www.foxriverhurlingclub.com/

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Learn more about the Naperville Hurling Club of Illinois at www.naperhurling.com/

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Learn more about the Tacoma Rangers of Oregon at tacomarangers.wix.com/tacoma-rangers

Learn More about the Roc City Hurling Club of Rochester, NY, at www.facebook.com/roccityhurling.

Learn more about the Roc City Hurling Club of Rochester, NY, at www.facebook.com/roccityhurling.

Learn more about the Allentown Hibernians of Pennsylvania at www.pahurling.com.

Learn more about the Allentown Hibernians of Pennsylvania at www.pahurling.com.

LOUISVILLE

Meanwhile the recently founded Louisville Gaelic Athletic Club was featured on WLKY.

Check out the interview and discussion here: http://www.wlky.com/news/Louisville-group-recognizes-Irish-traditions-year-round/25004460

Learn more about gaelic football in the Louisville, Ky., area by visiting louisvillegaa.com

Learn more about gaelic football in the Louisville, Ky., area by visiting louisvillegaa.com

SALEM, OREGON

The Statesman Journal offered up an introductory article on the great sport of hurling. Check it out here: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20140316/NEWS/303160054/For-some-hurling-whole-new-ball-game

In any article like this, it’s important to tell people when and where the club meets, info this article offers in its first paragraph. Doing so helps bring out those with casual interest or allows Irish ex-pats to catch up to the local club.

YOUR CLUB?

Has your club been featured, past or present, in the local media? Send me a link to john@johnsimcoe.com.

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America loves the gaelic games — especially when it’s St. Patrick’s Day

It’s March, and that means a slew of articles and news stories are popping up that offer mainstream America a glimpse at hurling and gaelic football.

NEW JERSEY: Students at Kean University can learn more about hurling thanks to a new club that's started at the school.

NEW JERSEY: Students at Kean University can learn more about hurling thanks to a new club that’s started at the school.

As one might expect, the various U.S. clubs are happy to oblige with such interview requests. They need all the publicity they can get, and St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity to talk to America about getting connected to their Irish roots.

Here at Hurley to Rise, I want hear about all these interviews. Send me links to articles, video clips and even radio interviews.

Why send them to me? Well, the more exposure your club gets, the more people will find you.

Just mail your links and information to john@johnsimcoe.com

KEAN UNIVERSITY

One new club is located at Kean University in Union, N.J., and the university’s online newspaper featured the club in a helpful article that will help the club recruit new members.

It was especially great that Dave Lewis, the club founder, explained the GAA is more than a sporting league. ““The GAA [Gaelic Athletic Association] community is so supportive of one another and they want the sport to grow and get bigger and make sure people have a very genuine cultural experience.”

Find the Kean Hurling Club on Facebook.

NEW ZEALAND

Hurling is drawing interest in other English-speaking countries too. Across the globe in Christchurch, New Zealand, there’s a surge in play as Irish ex-pats arrive in the country. Read all about it this article from The Press.

Find the Christchurch GAA on Facebook  or at the McKennas website.

YOUR CLUB?

Again, has your club been featured, past or present, in the local media? Send me a link to john@johnsimcoe.com.

Let’s get people talking about the gaelic games.

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Chris O’Dowd: Actor and gaelic sports hero

COMEDIAN: You can see Chris O'Dowd in "Bridesmaids" and "Thor: The Dark World." One of his early British TV series, "The IT Crowd" is available on Netflix.

COMEDIAN: You can see Chris O’Dowd in “Bridesmaids” and “Thor: The Dark World.” One of his early British TV series, “The IT Crowd” is available on Netflix.

It can be difficult to get a good grasp on the sports of hurling and gaelic football for Americans. We don’t have any frame of reference for the games. We’ve never seen a movie that focuses on the gaelic games. We can’t watch them on TV. There’s never been a video game based on them — well never one that was released in the states.

These sports are just totally off our radar on a national cultural level.

So it was interesting to see the video where minor Irish celebrity Chris O’Dowd, a featured actor in movies such as “Bridesmaids,” “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Thor: The Dark World,” talk about his views on gaelic football.

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And as you saw, O’Dowd isn’t just a fan. O’Dowd actually played gaelic football as a goal keeper. Representing County Roscommon, he played throughout his “high school years” and eventually in the post-school Under-21 divisions. While he was in the Under-21 division, he manned the goal for Roscommon in the 1997 Connacht Minor final against County Mayo.

So, we have Chris O’Dowd on our side. That’s good. But who else?

Are there other Irish actors and musicians that are fans of the gaelic games? Let me know.

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Christy Ring offers some advice on hurling

IN BRONZE: Hurling legend Christy Ring is remembered in a statue at the County Cork airport in Ireland. (Photo from Donal O Caoimh  of http://www.donal.ie)

IN BRONZE: Hurling legend Christy Ring is remembered in a statue at the County Cork airport in Ireland. (Photo from Donal O Caoimh of http://www.donal.ie)

When you look at old documentaries, it’s usually with a little bit of a smirk on your face. They are quaint, often silly and terribly outdated.

But today I ran across an old hurling video starring Christy Ring, one of the game’s best players ever. In it, Ring and his narrator provide some absolutely wonderful advice on some of the basic skills of the game.

Ring, by the way, is so well respected in Ireland that hurling’s mid-level county championship cup is named after thim.

For modern Irish players, this video might be full of what I call “no duh” information. But for Americans? It can help us understand some of the basics that we haven’t ever been educated on.

Indeed, this is some timeless advice on playing this great sport.

As for the parade music, well, that is definitely not so timeless.

Christy Ring statue image from http://www.donal.ie in this post. Please take a moment to check out the site!

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The longest game of hurling

The Cloughbawn GAA in Wexford hosted a 24 hour game over the summer, a feat that landed the game in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Joe.ie, a “man’s stuff” website from the Emerald Isle, posted a story this week about a County Wexford, Ireland, hurling club that went the extra mile.

Well, not the extra mile, but the “extra time” by hosting a game that lasted 24 hours. The guys should be doubly proud of themselves, since they also managed to nab a spot in the upcoming Guinness Book of World Records for their feat of sportsmanship

According to the article, the game included 46 players and ended with a score of 217-324  to 220-286. That all adds up to a match with 975 points scored by the winning team and 946 for the losers.

If you think your goalkeepers are moody, just imagine how awful those goalkeepers felt after a game like that.

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