First-class hurling, called the world’s fastest field sport, will be on display at Fenway Park on Sun., Nov. 22, as two of the sport’s biggest teams – Dublin and 2015 All-Ireland Finalist Galway – compete in an exhibition on a pitch where the Red Sox play their games.
In addition to the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic, the festivities will include a lively Irish festival complete with Irish food, music, and dancing plus a performance by the Boston-based American Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys.
The match will come a day after the Boston College Eagles football team plays Notre Dame on the Fenway grounds.
The match has been in the planning stages for months, the Irish Independent reports in noting that it has the full support of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), both the Dublin and Galway county boards, the North American GAA board and FSM.
Aer Lingus, the official airline partner of Dublin GAA and the official travel partner of the GPA, are also backing the match, the newspaper said, and will provide flights for the entire travelling party.
Speaking on behalf of the GPA, Chairman Dónal Óg Cusack said: “The AIG Fenway Hurling Classic is a truly wonderful opportunity for us to exhibit hurling at a high profile US sporting venue, and there is none more iconic than the home of the Red Sox. We believe that hurling ranks alongside the best sports in the world and the staging of this game in Fenway is part of our commitment to convey that message to a new and influential audience.”