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Gaelic Football wins at Irish Festival!
Posted 06/17/2013 10:38AM

Prep Gaelic Football Team wins!

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Fairfield Prep beat Xavier in the first high school championship game of Gaelic football, held at the 25th Fairfield County Irish Festival on June 14 at Fairfield University. Twenty-six students played for Prep, including nineteen seniors; many seniors also came to watch. Everyone had a great time; it was a really great way for the seniors to conclude their time at Prep. 

The championship plaque was presented to team captains Liam Coyle '13 and Davie Bruton '13.  Davie Bruton also won a plaque for man of the match. The coaches were Griffin Reidy '90 (Prep theology teacher and moderator of the club), Jim Carolan '90 and Paddy Coyle P '13, '16.Congratulations to the team!

Gaelic Football to play Xavier at Fairfield Irish Festival!

Fairfield Prep will make history at the Irish Festival! Fairfield Prep’s new Gaelic Football Club will be taking on Xavier of Middletown Friday night, June 14, in what will be the first-ever high-school Gaelic Football match in Connecticut or, indeed, in the United States. Gaelic Football—Ireland’s biggest traditional sport—combines the speed, skills and suspense of soccer as well as basketball, and it predates both sports. Friday’s game, on Fairfield University’s main athletic field, will be one of the lead-off events at this year’s annual Fairfield County Irish Festival. For more information, visit the Festival’s website, www.irishfestival.org, or Facebook at FP Gaelic Football.

Pictured from left: Austin Trotta '13, Patrick Connolly '13, Nick Bargiello '13, Tim Frassetto '13, Liam Coyle '13, Davie Bruton '13, Mike Collins '14, and Adrian Coyle '16. (Not pictured: Tyrone Fleurizard '14).

Gaelic Football Team launched

Fairfield Prep's Gaelic Football team held its first practice under sunny skies in April. Gaelic football - Ireland's biggest traditional sport - is a fast-paced game that combines elements of soccer, rugby and basketball, even though it long predates all three. The team has been formed in conjunction with Prep's Irish Cultural Club. The founding players will continue to practice through the Spring in hopes of staging Connecticut's first-ever inter-scholastic Gaelic Football game with a club match against Xavier. Any interested students should contact team captains/Club presidents Liam Coyle '13 and Davie Bruton '13. The moderator of the Irish Culture Club is Mr. Griffin Reidy, theology teacher.

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