It was a strange series of errors last year that meant I had to skip mentioning St. Patrick’s Day and a variety of local Irish-themed events in my area, York, Pa.
Of course, that’s just totally not cool at all since this blog is about the very Irish sport of hurling. Though most people in the U.S. haven’t heard of the lacrosse-like field game, it’s one of two national sports in Ireland and once you get a glimpse of it, you’re sure to be impressed.
I certainly was, and desperately wanted to try it, the result is this very blog where I document my effort to learn it, play it and figure out how I might possibly be able to watch it here in the U.S.
I found my “hurling home” with the Baltimore Bohemians, the closest group of players to York (though if anyone wants to try starting up a team here in the Harrisburg-York-Lebanon-Lancaster region, just let me know) . As part of the gear-up to the spring season, the Bohemians are set to appear on Baltimore’s WBAL from 5 to 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, where they will guide the host Sandra Shaw on what it takes to play hurling and gaelic football. Later in the month, they begin their Irish Sports 101 clinics to teach new players about the games. (You should also check out these flyers: Drink Like the Irish and Irish Sports 101 for more info.)
As with the Baltimore team, all things Irish are popping up in York County, Pa., as well.
Most important of all is the fact that the local McDonald’s restaurants are tempting us all with their luscious Shamrock Shakes, a thick ice-cream drink that’s loaded with calories, and actually used as a stunt double for toxic waste.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have already partaken of one small-sized Shamrock Shake this season. I figure one or two more might be on my future menu.
Be warned though, not every McDonald’s is smart enough to participate in the annual Shamrock Shake promotion. One website, shamrockshake.com, is doing its best to help you out. It offers a shake locator for those trying to get their fix.
Shamrock Shakes aren’t the only St. Patty’s Day tradition you can indulge in here in York. This Saturday Gaelic-ophiles can get their Irish on with the 2011 York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Along with the parade itself, there’s bands, food and all things Irish.
To and from your St. Patty’s day-themed events, check out Maewyn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant here in York. Nearby in Cumberland County, check out Coakley’s Irish Pub, which is next door to the Oxford Hall Celtic Shop in New Cumberland.
Coming up in June is the Penn-Mar Irish Festival, which offers music, food, dance and shopping as well.
So even if you’ve got no interest in my blog about the Irish sport of hurling, you’re sure to find some Irish-friendly activities here in York.Read More