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Akron Gaelic sports club to hurling tournament with teams from around country

Al O'Leary Hurling Tournament Oct. 1 at Bath Community Activity Center

Published: September 15, 2016 1:59 AM

Surrounded by a full day of Celtic vendors, food, and fun, the Akron Celtic Guards will be hosting their annual Al O’Leary Hurling Tournament on Oct. 1 at the Bath Community Activity Center, 1615 N. Cleveland Massillon Road in Akron.

As the only hurling club in Northeast Ohio, the Celtic Guards will host the Midwest’s largest hurling tournament of the year with support from the Sports Alliance of Greater Akron. For the hurling clubs and collegiate teams from around the country that are attending, the event not only provides a chance to compete, but a chance for the Celtic community to come together and bond over a day of festivities.

“We’re extremely excited about the responses from clubs this year wanting to compete”, says Nicholas Frank, chair of the Akron Celtic Guards. “Over the past couple years, we have had players from eight clubs as far as Florida who came and it is a great opportunity to show the game we love to our friends, family, and community.”

Brittany Wigman, Sports Development Strategist at the Sports Alliance of Greater Akron says, “We’re pleased to help bring these teams in for the Annual O’Leary Hurling Tournament. The area has a lot to offer, both on and off the field. We think our visitors will agree that there’s no better place to host.”
The matches will be free to watch and serve as a great opportunity to learn about one of the National sports of Ireland. Starting at 9 a.m. and taking place throughout the day, teams from Akron, Pittsburgh, Kalamazoo, Purdue University, Indianapolis and more will be playing for the coveted Al O’Leary Cup. Two playgrounds, a picnic area, food and beverages, and plenty of parking make this a great event for both athletes and families.

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