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Jun 14, 2017 1:47 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

First Gaelic Football Match To Be Played At Hampton Bays High School This Saturday

Members of the Suffolk County Hibernians. CAILIN RILEY
Jun 15, 2017 12:36 PM

Those interested in taking in what would most likely be their first ever Gaelic football match can do so this Saturday, June 17, at Hampton Bays High School.

The Suffolk County Hibernians, made up largely of local, Irish immigrants, will host their first ever home match against the Rangers GAA of New York City in a friendly at 6 p.m.

Peter Feeney, on behalf of the Hibernians, invited the entire East End community to come and watch the two clubs compete in what he said promises to be, "a fast-paced exhibition of the Irish sport of Gaelic football."

"This exhibition game is a way of thanking the local community for their support thus far," he said. "We are hoping to put on a great show and ultimately take the win."

There will be no cover charge and refreshments will be available at the match. Feeney simply asked that their be plenty of cheering and support.

"We have been training hard twice a week and individual players have been doing their own training outside of regular scheduled training," he said.

The Hibernians will compete in the lowest of the four divisions of the New York State Gaelic Athletic Association this summer, one of 31 teams in the state to field a team. Gaelic football resembles myriad of sports, including basketball, rugby, soccer and volleyball. A Gaelic football is similar in size and dimension to a soccer ball or volleyball, and players can dribble with their feet or hands, send a shovel pass or aerial pass to a teammate, and can dropkick the ball over the goalposts (one point) or directly into the goal (three points). Full tackling is not allowed, but defenders can make shoulder-to-shoulder hits and can also bat the ball down with their feet or hands.

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Very cool.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Jun 14, 17 4:36 PM
Are these "local Irish immigrants" here legally? Do they have green cards? Do they pay taxes?
By G (342), Southampton on Jun 15, 17 2:45 PM
Why don't you go down there on Saturday, show your ID, and ask them? Supposed to be hot out so you could probably leave the robe and hood at home.
By lizzybabe (7), southampton on Jun 15, 17 5:40 PM
Hi, thank you for your comment, I wanted to answer your questions as I am one of the Irish immigrants.

Every member of the team is either American of Irish decent, hold a green card or have valid working visas, all are employed with full time jobs and I assure you pay taxes. A lot of our players also volunteers in local Fire Department and EMS services along with other organizations that help out the community.

I thank you for your questions, please if you have any further, come ...more
By Connalad (1), Southampton on Jun 15, 17 7:31 PM
I made that harsh comment for one reason. Had the article been about "local Hispanic immigrants" the HB posters here would have gone nuts. Anytime Hispanics are mentioned in reference to HB they get demonized here by the HB losers. So, I thought throwing it back at those fools by questioning "local Irish immigrants" status would be interesting. Think about it people. How does anyone know who's here legally & who's not? We don't.... My great grandparents on my mothers side came over from Ireland ...more
By G (342), Southampton on Jun 16, 17 7:16 AM
Cry you a River G, when the "immigrants" from Staten Island and Brooklyn overcrowded the housing in HB in the summer and code enforcement cracked down, no one called "racism", but when it was full time overcrowding and some of the residents were latino, the zealots came out of the woodwork. Equal laws and rules for everyone.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 16, 17 8:32 AM
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Thanks Kathy, I mean HB Proud.... You are one of the biggest anti immigrant posters from HB. Re read the extensive list of garbage you've spewed here. And you're not just anti Hispanic either which is pathetic. Keep it up though as I do enjoy trolling you & others BS here & there & you all make it so very easy!!
By G (342), Southampton on Jun 16, 17 9:42 AM
Well at least this takes your mind off the eruv in quogue.....
By Sturgis (611), Southampton on Jun 16, 17 10:01 AM
Irish immigrants mostly come here by air. Thus they need to pass through customs, etc... most are here legally as all these fine lads are.
Tough to sneak in through the airport. Easier to sneak in by truck/car/foot.

By HB90 (164), southampton on Jun 17, 17 11:38 AM
Just got home from this match. Great fun! Glad to switch things up around here!!
By S'hamptonNative (84), Southampton on Jun 17, 17 8:57 PM
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The game was quite enjoyable to watch. I hope you have another one in HB soon. One thing, maybe you could have someone there to announce the score
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Jun 18, 17 4:39 PM
... enjoyed the match, hope to see it continue around town.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Jun 19, 17 2:03 PM
oh gee, g, I have followed your hateful posts about Hampton Bays. Everyone should be treated equally and follow the rules equally, plan and simple. Everyone in Hampton Bays needs to follow the rules and there should be consequences for not following them. But again, it makes my day to get one of your wonderful comments directed at me. Have a glorious and blessed day.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 25, 17 3:23 PM
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And G, if you really did follow my comments, you would see that I post comments indicating I would like to see Hampton Bays to be a safe, affordable, clean, family-friendly place for everyone which starts with people following the rules and eliminating special interests and agendas at the expense of the hard working middle class in Hampton Bays.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 25, 17 3:57 PM
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