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Gaelic Park, A Place that Matters

gaelic park soccer gameGaelic Park has brought Irish sports like hurling and Irish football to New York for over 75 years and, in doing so, it’s become a potent link between Irish Americans and their heritage. Located at 240th St. and Broadway in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, the park has a stadium done in traditional Irish fashion and is the home for the Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York. It has hosted dances, weddings and concerts, all with an Irish twist. While the GAA started the park in the 1920s, nearby Manhattan College took it over 15 years ago, and it now also serves as home field for some of the school’s teams. In the summer, it still draws crowds of families, kids, recent immigrants, Irish Americans and other visitors to watch local and touring teams play traditional Irish sports. Click here for a schedule of games or here for directions to the park. Read more about Irish sports, Gaelic Park, and people’s reminiscences of their experiences there in the full profile of the site in the Census of Places that Matter, or click here to add your thoughts to the Census about why Gaelic Park is a Place That Matters. Browse the rest of the Census — or add a Place That Matters — here.