April 14, 2022 Staff Report
If you are in the Big Apple for the New York v Sligo clash this weekend why not take a trip up to Yonkers Saturday for a special event to support New York Ladies football.
The “empowering women” event is being hosted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of New York Ladies GAA and aims to give the organization and its footballers more coverage.
The event, which will look at the past, present and future of female Gaelic Football in New York, will take place at Rory Dolan’s Bar and Restaurant, located at 890 McLean Ave., starting at 3:30 p.m.
The themes of the event are empowering women in sport, leveling out the playing field between ladies and men and increasing the participation, visibility and support for ladies football in New York.
The gathering will consist of four separate panel discussions followed by a virtual presentation on the History of Ladies Gaelic Football in New York, called “Journey to Thirty.”
The event will also be live-streamed here.
Panel 1: “Reeling In The Years” will feature Ladies Players who started the Association 30 years ago and played in the first-ever Competitive Ladies Games in New York.
Panelists will chat about the challenges they faced in starting the association, how the association was developed, funding, fond memories, roadblocks, connectivity, community and how far the Association has come in 30 Years. Reeling In The Years will be moderated by ESPN Commentator Tommy Smyth, who commentated on the first-ever New York Ladies GAA Championship Final played in Van Cortlandt Park in 1992.
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Panel 2: “I Play County” will be comprised of star-studded ladies players who have worn the New York Jersey from the 90’s to Now. We will hear about what
Ladies Gaelic Football means to these talented players and their highlights of wearing the New York Jersey at the highest level, competing in the Junior All Ireland Championship in Ireland and playing in Croke Park.
Panel 3: “Stars of Today”: We will hear from some of New York Ladies GAA Club players of today, from newly formed clubs to the old faithfuls. This discussion will focus on the role sports, activity and community plays in our own health and wellness. This Panel will also discuss the state of affairs withing Ladies Gaelic Football and how it can improve. Moderated by Sophie Colgan.
Panel 4: “The Future is Bright.” The final panel will look to the future of girls and women in GAA What work is needed to build upon the incredible development work done for Ladies Gaelic football in NY over the past 30 years and what is needed to inspire generations of young girls coming through. This panel will include multiple generations of ladies’ players in the same family, as well as youth & development volunteers.
Journey to Thirty: A Virtual Presentation by Simon Gillespie and Sharon Redican on the journey from 1992 to 2022 and how the Ladies Gaelic Football of Association of NY has made History.
Throughout the day participants will discuss how to increase the visibility, interest, and support of Ladies Gaelic Football in New York.
Notably, the Empowering Women Event takes place the day before the New York Senior Men take on Sligo in the Connaught Championship in New York.
The event aims to attract Gaels from Ireland on their visit and that Ladies Gaelic Football Association gets the exposure it deserves on this important year.
The NY Ladies Team have secured an exhibition game at 10 a.m. the morning of the Connaught Championship in Gaelic Park.
Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets (In-Person & Virtual) are available by clicking here.
Alternatively e-mail: [email protected] or contact Sophie Colgan at 914-536-5790
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