50 Irish language students from around the world were treated to a trip to Croke Park to watch Waterford beat Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final.
The students at Colaiste na Rinne in the Waterford Gaeltacht were blown away by the hurlers
But for Maureen and Joanne two hurling fans from Boston it was particulary special
Maureen McCarthy Marchand said she’d be watching the final in Boston, “well first of all, the geansai has to go back on, don’t back the rules, the tradition, the routine. We’ll probably watch it at my house and hopefully Joanne will come over and join me because I don’t think I know of anybody else who will be there!”
Maureen also said the hurlers should learn from the experience of the Red Sox baseball team as they try to lift the Liam MacCarthy for the first time in 58 years, ” the Red Sox had a curse on them for much longer than that and they came back to do it and you can too. So just get out there, don’t think about it being a big game, just play like you normally would and get it done.”
Joanne Golden from Boston said the pride the county has in its team is special, “you always see the pride that everybody has in An Rinn and you see the pride that they have in Port Láirge. Whether you’re a native or you came to live here, they support the community and then they support the sports teams. And from what I’ve the sports teams give back. That’s what I’ve seen about the hurling team, they really give back to the community, they’re part of the community, they’re not above it or outside of it and that’s really impressive.”