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That state of Texas is known for its rebellious and confident nature, and is steadily becoming a breeding ground for the Gaelic Games.  The spirit of the games, including Gaelic football, hurling, camogie and handball, is that of saoirse, emblazoned and empowered by an invincible Irish mentality.  This mentality sits well in the rugged landscape of Texas, and the formation of four Gaelic clubs in the state over the last couple of years is testament to the fact.  San Antonio has become one of those breeding grounds.

The San Antonio Gaelic Athletics Club (SAGAC) found one of its first sponsors in the AOH of San Antonio, continuing a tradition of Catholic support that began with the formation of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).  The GAA was founded on All Saints Day in 1884 in County Tipperary.  It grew out of the need for Irish culture not to be “forgotten altogether” (Orejan 47) during a time when British occupation was the norm, and Irish sports were frowned upon or banned completely.  The original two founding members, Michael Cuzak and Maurice Davin, recognized a need to “establish the support of some prestigious patrons” (Orejan 47) and turned to the Catholic Church.  They found their patron in the archbishop of Cashel, Dr. Thomas Croke, who provided much needed momentum.  The AOH has provided much of the SAGAC’s momentum, and many of the SAGAC players are also brothers in the AOH Columkille Division in San Antonio.

Currently, the SAGAC consists of a male Gaelic football team, but plans to start a women’s team and develop a program for children to learn the game in the near future.  This season the club, known as the Defenders, finds itself locked in battle with teams from Austin, Dallas and Houston, in the newly formed Texas Cup tournament.  This September they will also be travelling to Philadelphia in support of the North American GAA Football championships.

Dr. Jaime Orejan writes in “The History of Gaelic Football and the Gaelic Athletic Association” that “the love affair between the Irish and the game they have nurtured through the ages shows no sign of fading” and the growing popularity of football in San Antonio testifies to this.  There is a very bright future for the Gaelic games in Ireland and abroad because the Irish people, from all over the world, refuse to let them die.  For more information on the SAGAC, visit www.sanantoniogac.org.

 

Orejan, Jaime.  “The History of Gaelic Football and the Gaelic Athletic Association.”  The Sport Management and Related Topics Journal Spring 2006:  45-51.  Web.

2012 Irish Way & Study Abroad Scholarships

The Irish Way, a unique cultural experience for teenagers, is a nationally recognized summer study abroad program that has educated over 4,000 American high school students in grades 10 to 12 since 1976. The Irish Way was conceived by HRH Princess Grace of Monaco, who was the Irish American Cultural Institute’s Chairman until her untimely death. Every summer the Irish American Cultural Institute sends approximately 100 American high school students to the Irish Way Program.

The program consists of three parts:

Irish Education. Students are introduced to Ireland’s history and traditions through structured sessions in Irish language, literature, history and culture. Students also participate in workshops of Celtic art, music, folk dancing and traditional Irish sports such as hurling. All sessions are taught by certified high school level teachers. 

 

An Irish Experience. Field trips to museums, sites of archeological, geological and historical significance, and to the world-renowned Abbey Theater complement the program, along with excursions to local Gaelic football tournaments and hurling matches.

 

And Irish Touring - The final days of the Irish Way are spent touring Ireland.

The Irish Way was founded on the belief that fostering an appreciation of other cultures is an important part of an individual’s development. It is an opportunity for young people to explore the rich heritage and tradition of Ireland while also experiencing the country’s distinct culture face-to-face. Students receive an education that goes way beyond any nation. The Irish Way is truly a lesson in international citizenship.

The AOH and LAOH National Boards are proud to offer two $500 Scholarships to this excellent program for the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a member of the AOH and LAOH. Anyone who would like further information about the 2012 program is encouraged to contact Carol Buck, the Irish Way Coordinator at the Irish American Cultural Institute, 1 Lackawanna Place, Morristown, NJ  07960 or by e-mail at cbuck@IACI-usa.org. The Irish Way telephone number is: (973) 605-1991. An Application Request Form for the AOH & LAOH Irish Way Scholarship is included in this issue of the Hibernian Digest.

 

The National Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians has also established two annual $1,000 Junior Year Abroad Scholarships for the son or daughter or grandchild of an AOH member, who is attending an accredited college or university in the United States, and who has been accepted at an accredited college/university in Ireland. Should not enough applications for the Junior Year Abroad Scholarship be realized, then $500 Scholarships for Semester Abroad Programs will be considered and granted when appropriate. The deadline for the next round of applications for this scholarship is May 1, 2012. For those who are interested, the Application Request Form for the Study Abroad Scholarship is also included in this issue of the Hibernian Digest. More information on both of these scholarship programs is also available on the AOH National Website.

As we all know, college educations, whether here in the United States or in Ireland, are expensive. In order to help increase our membership’s awareness of other scholarships, loans and grants that are available for study here and abroad, we encourage you to view the following websites:  Education in Ireland, (www.educationireland.com/scholarships.html);  US Government Federal Aid, (https//studentloan.gov/my directloan/index.action) or (https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/schoolSearch?locale=en EN), which offer a host of information regarding financial assistance and grants that will help supplement our scholarship awards and make an education in Ireland more affordable. Hopefully, this information will open up doors for those who at this point find such a financial undertaking overwhelming.

Have a Happy Christmas and a Blessed, Healthy and Happy New Year!

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2011 Irish Way & Study Abroad Scholarships Announced

By William J. Sullivan, National Chairman

The Irish Way, a unique cultural experience for teenagers, is a nationally recognized summer study abroad program that has educated over 4,000 American high school students in grades 10 to 12 since 1976. The Irish Way was conceived by HRH Princess Grace of Monaco, who was the Irish American Cultural Institute’s Chairman until her death.  Every summer the Irish American Cultural Institute sends approximately 100 American High School students to the Irish Way Program. The program consists of: Irish Education Students are introduced to Ireland’s history and traditions through structured sessions in Irish language, literature, history, and culture. Students also participate in workshops of Celtic art, music, folk dancing and traditional Irish sports such as hurling. All sessions are taught by certified high school level teachers.

An Irish Experience Field trips to museums, sites of archeological, geological, and historical significance, and to the world- renowned Abbey Theater complement the program, along with excursions to local Gaelic football tournaments and hurling matches. & Irish Touring The final days of the Irish Way are spent touring Ireland.

The Irish Way was founded on the belief that fostering an appreciation of other cultures is an important part of an individual’s development. It is an opportunity for young people to explore the rich heritage and tradition of Ireland while also experiencing the country’s distinct culture face-to-face. Students receive an education that goes way beyond any nation. The Irish Way is truly a lesson in international citizenship.

The AOH and LAOH National Boards are proud to offer two $500 Scholarships to this excellent program for the son or daughter of a member of the AOH and LAOH. Anyone who would like further information about the 2011 program is encouraged to contact Carol Buck, the Irish Way Coordinator at the Irish American Cultural Institute, 1 Lackawanna Place, Morristown, NJ  07960 or by e-mail at: cbuck@IACI-usa.org. The Irish Way telephone number is: 973 605 1991. An Application Request Form for the AOH & LAOH Irish Way Scholarship is included in this issue of the Hibernian Digest.

The National Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians has also established two (2) annual $1000 Junior Year Abroad Scholarships for the son or daughter or grandchild of an AOH member, who is attending an accredited college or university in the United States, and who has been accepted at an accredited college/university in Ireland. Should not enough applications for the Junior Year Abroad Scholarship be realized, then $500 Scholarships for Semester Abroad Programs will be considered and granted when appropriate. The deadline for the next round of applications for this scholarship is May 1, 2011. For those who are interested, an Application Request Form for the Study Abroad Scholarship is also included in this issue of the Hibernian Digest. More information on both of these scholarship programs is also available on the AOH National Website.