Michael attended the opening of the new Shannon Gaels pitch last week and spoke to some of the movers and shakers behind the project including Chairman Robert McDonagh and former Chairman Sean Price.
Shannon Gaels are a Queens-based GAA club and their new pitch – at Frank Golden Park – is located in College Point in Northern Queens. It has been dubbed “The Field of Dreams” by Shannon Gaels members.
The pitch is a hugely significant milestone for Gaelic Games since it is only the second full-sized GAA pitch in the five boroughs of New York City besides the Gaelic Park surface in the Bronx.
The project cost $5.2m (€4.48m) and was funded entirely by city funds after Shannon Gaels members helped in the long planning process.
Shannon Gaels advocated for its development for years and were able to convince the city to lease them the ground — and part with the cash — after the club privately developed a smaller, adjacent pitch at the park around three years ago for $2m.
Michael also wrote a story in the Irish Examiner about the opening which you can read by clicking here.
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03:43 Chairman Robert McDonagh
14:20 Former Chairman Sean Price