By Peter Nolan
In an effort to preserve the Gaelic Park pitch and ensure the safety of players, all of Sunday’s New York GAA games were postponed due to the morning’s heavy rains. Because of the move, the pitch should be in good shape for this Sunday’s long-awaited Connaght Championship first-round match between New York and Sligo.
The Ladies GAA schedule was also rained out.
It may be standing room only on Sunday at Gaelic Park and no decision has been reached yet on extra seating. Insurance issues are the holdup. On Monday, April 29, the sod was to be laid over the by now infamous softball diamond.
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Admission for Sunday’s Connaght Championship will be $20 a person. There will be no Senior Citizen discount. Also, there will be no advanced ticket sales.
Curtains for knotholers
The NYGAA has decided that it will be hanging a black curtain to keep out curious but thrifty on lookers.
Sligo Supporters Club
The Sligo Supporters Club of New York will host a banquet at Rye Town Hilton, to celebrate Sligo’s Connaght Championship match against New York, on May 5. Banquet tickets are $80. Guest of honor, Patrick Normanly and distinguished guests are the County Sligo senior panel. Details, Pat Normanly, (914) 237-1758; Tom Tuffy, (212) 989-6877; Kieran Fleming, (646) 210-6397.
The Shannon Gaels are starting a children’s Gaelic team. There will be a meeting Sunday, May 5, at 6 p.m. at the Cork Lounge, 3301 Greenpoint Ave., Queens. Details, Mickey O’Reilly at (718) 353-3653 or Anthony Gaughan at (718) 726-7751.
Donegal F.C. Banquet
The 54th Anniversary Banquet of the Donegal Football Club will be held Saturday, May 11, at the Polish Center, 82 Waverly St., Yonkers. The Guest of honor award has been renamed the Damian Meehan Memorial Award in memory of Damian who lost his life Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center. The award will be presented to his wife, Joann, and to Mike and Peg Meehan. Senior player of the year, Niall McCready, a native of Ballyshannon. Junior player of the year, Anton Diver, Gweedore. Details, (914) 882-8038. Also, the club will meet Wednesdays, May 1 and 8, at 9 p.m., at the Heritage Pub, 960 McLean Ave., Yonkers.
Sean Maher Benefit
A benefit will be held on Sunday, May 19, at 5 p.m., for Sean Maher, Woodlawn native, and former footballer with St. Barnabas and Rangers F.C. Sean sustained a serious foot injury as a result of an accident. Benefit will be held at McGilligan’s Pub, 869 McLean Ave., Yonkers. Suggested donation at door $20.