A Continued Connection
An emphasis on preserving Irish heritage was manifested in the nineteenth century United States through athletics as well as language. The Ancient Order of Hibernians encouraged the Irish population in Philadelphia to revive their dying language through night courses and independent study of Gaelic grammar (Mullan 585).
This video from TG COA, an Irish news agency, focuses on the New York GAA’s one hundred year anniversary celebration. Although the clip is actually in Gaelic, it features footage of games being played in New York, which displays hurling and Gaelic football lasting popularity in the United States since the nineteenth century.
The interviewees toward the end of the clip speak Gaelic, which demonstrates the prevalence of Irish culture in the United States to this day. The coverage of an American sporting event by a Gaelic news organization displays the lasting cultural connection made between Irish Americans and their ancestral land through an athletic organization's diaspora of its own.