The 2014 Wild Geese Texas Championship (which consists of the Texas Championship, the Men’s Texas Trophy and the Ladies Texas Championship) kicks off on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at the South Texas Alamo Irish Festival in the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio.
Events include a parade, food, drinks, live music, dancing and of course a day of Gaelic sports.
SAGAC San Patricios v. Houston Gaels (A/B)
Austin Celtic Cowboys v. Dallas GAA Fionn Mac Cumhaills (A/B)
Puck Fada – Hurling Demo
The parade begins at 11:30am, with throw in at 12:30
The American Ireland Fund will host the second annual Dallas Emerald Ball on March 1st in the Fairmont Hotel, Dallas honoring Adm Patrick M Walsh, US Navy (Ret), 59th Commander of the US Pacific Fleet
Emerald Ball Chairs:
Suzanne & Bill Murray
Marianne & Roger Staubach
Corboy Anam Cara Awardee:
Netta Gleeson Blanchard
Haley O’Sullivan, 2013 Rose of Tralee
6:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm Dinner, Award Presentation, and Dancing
Attire: Black Tie
For tickets contact Caitriona Ryan or visit the event page
About the honoree:
Adm Patrick M Walsh, US Navy (Ret)
Admiral Patrick M Walsh is a retired US Navy four-star admiral whose previous assignments include Commander of the US Pacific Fleet (2009-2012), the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (2007-2009), and the Commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command (2005-2007). He retired from the Navy on 1 March 2012 after more than 34 years of service. Admiral Walsh graduated with honors from Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory, received the BS degree from the United States Naval Academy, and the International Relations MA and PhD from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University. Admiral Walsh transitioned to the private sector in Dallas where he is involved in several community activities to assist veterans. He views efforts “to bridge the gap from deployment to employment” as our moral imperative to welcome our all-volunteer force back to the civilian world.
Weekend of March 1st (Fri Night/Sat/Sun)
The All Out Trinity festival is an all day sports activities event that will be held on the Margaret Hunt Bridge in downtown Dallas. It’s a one day affair on the Saturday that will kick-off with a 5K run. For the remainder of the day a variety of sports teams that are active in the DFW metroplex will demonstrate the finer skills of their respective sports . The events will range from yoga to martial arts to lacrosse to Gaelic Games…30+ different Sports activities in all.
The North Texas Irish Festival spans Friday night through Sunday evening. Celtic Music, Dancing, Arts, Crafts, Sports, Drinking all mingled together at the Fair Park Complex. Every organization with a Celtic connection in the South will be there advertizing their wares and themselves to a slew of Texans with roots (real, invented or imagined) in Ireland.
All Out Trinity is a chance to promote our club to a captive audience of other sports and fitness minded individuals. This should be a good opportunity to attract new members to the club. The folks that organize this event are the same folks that are liaising with Dallas City Council on the development of the Trinity Flood Plain. That includes building 16 new playing fields over the next few years. Lets show them that Fionn is a vibrant and well organized club and lay the groundwork for ensuring that one of those 16 playing fields is a GAA pitch.
The NTIF is one of the largest Irish Festivals in North America and the largest in Texas. Fionn should be an enthusiastic participant at this event. Recruitment opportunities might be limited but we can use this event to repay the generosity of our sponsors and create a general feeling of good will towards our club and the Irish Community in North Texas.
Enthusiastic volunteers to setup and occupy the Fionn Booths at both events. Energetic and skillful players to demonstrate Gaelic Games skills (Football, Hurling, Camogie) in playing areas nearby.
Sign up for 1 or more of the Booth Slots and/or Games activities: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHhyRnlQVmdtalM0emNUdU9JRkppSkE6MA
Austin’s Celtic Cowboys will host a Hurling & Ladies Gaelic Football Tournament on Saturday, February 22nd 2014 in the Onion Creek Soccer Complex, 5600 E William Cannon Dr., Austin, TX 78744
- Ladies Football Games Field #7
- 12:30pm – Austin (Green) v Dallas
- 1:30pm – Austin (Green) v Austin (Red)
- 2:45pm – Dallas v Austin (Red)
- Hurling/Camogie Field #8
- 12:45pm – Austin (Green) v Texas Gaels
- 2:00pm – Austin (Red) v Texas Gaels
- 3:30pm – Open Hurling/Camogie
Carpools will be leaving from Trinity Hall at 8am. Contact Fionn for details.