Experience the Thrills of Gaelic Football as a Local Youth League Opens Registration for its Inaugural Spring Season

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Attention all sports enthusiasts! A captivating new league is set to take Essex County by storm as the youth Gaelic football scene bursts onto the local sports arena.

Gaelic football, a beloved sport deeply rooted in Gaelic culture, blends the physicality of soccer, the skill of basketball, and the high-scoring nature of Australian rules football. While the sport may be unfamiliar to many, its fast-paced and thrilling gameplay offers a fresh and exciting alternative to traditional soccer.

Conceived by the newly formed Essex Shillelaghs Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), this Gaelic football league is now recruiting boys and girls ages 6-16 for its Spring 2024 season, which will commence in March 2024.

“With the goal of introducing Gaelic football to a wider audience, the Essex Shillelaghs’ youth league will provide an accessible and inclusive platform for boys and girls of all skill levels to get involved,” said Jim McGuire, chair of the Essex Shillelaghs GAA.

The practices and home games will be hosted on Stagg Field in West Orange, NJ. “By embracing this vibrant youth Gaelic football league, West Orange is set to become a hub of sporting excitement and cultural diversity,” said Assistant Director of Recreation for the Town of West Orange Edwin Johnson. “With its unique blend of athleticism, strategy, and teamwork, Gaelic football offers a unique experience for players and spectators alike.”

So, whether your child is an avid soccer fan looking for a fresh challenge or a curious individual eager to discover a new sporting adventure, come be a part of the inaugural season of the youth Gaelic football league. For further information, email join@essexshillelaghs.org.

About the Essex Shillelaghs Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)

The Essex Shillelaghs GAA program introduces Gaelic sports to Essex County for boys and girls aged 6-16. In association with the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of Essex County, Town of West Orange Recreation Department, and the New York GAA Minor Board, the program aims to increased awareness and involvement within the community, as well as building a regional network within the Irish community across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. To learn more, visit www.EssexShillelaghsGAA.com or email join@essexshillelaghs.org.

Contact:     Lorraine Joyce, Public Relations Officer   
     Mobile: 973-865-7570         Email: pro@essexshillelaghs.org