Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 CYC Boston - A Night of Honor at Florian Hall

The 2018 Boston Continental Youth Championship (CYC) will be held August 1-5, 2018 at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton.  The CYC is the largest youth GAA tournament held outside of Ireland.  Over 2,500 players from Under 6 to Under 18 making up 200 teams are expected to participate.  In hopes of winning Championship honors, clubs travel from all over - including Ireland, England, Canada, and the US.  The local teams saw success at last year’s event in Buffalo. Championships were won by St. Brendan’s U8 hurlers and footballers, ISYL U10 hurlers, and the ISYL U16 girls footballers, with teams from other local clubs reaching many finals.
Organizing and running this event is a monumental undertaking.  In addition to the logistics of playing fields, scheduling, hotels, transport, and food, the CYC Committee is responsible for fundraising $200,000 to help cover the cost of hosting the event.  
A Night of Honor fundraiser is being held Friday, March 9th, at Florian Hall in Dorchester.  Each Boston Northeast GAA club will be honoring an individual who has made a significant contribution to their club and the GAA. Additionally, special recognition will be given to two gentlemen who have dedicated a life time to the GAA.  Coming from football and hurling backgrounds respectively, John McDevitt and James Grealish each served as Chairperson for the Boston Northeast Board as well as countless years of service to their clubs and the development of GAA in North America.  
The CYC is a key piece of developing the games in the United States by providing opportunities for youth players to excel at the sports and have a tremendous amount of fun.  The future of the games lies with the youth, and there is fertile ground to grow the games here.  Opportunities for kids to learn and play Gaelic football and Hurling in the Boston area are provided by the Irish Sports Youth League, St. Brendan’s and Trinity Milton, as well as programs in Portland Maine, Springfield Mass., and Hartford, Ct.   For more information on youth programs go to
We hope you will support the Boston CYC and the Night of Honor.  If have not already booked your ticket or reserved a table for the banquet, contact or call (617) 791-3233.  
If you would like to make a donation or to sponsor the Boston CYC 2018 event please contact Anne M. Kennedy, Treasurer, at 617-549-1832 or email:

The Boston Northeast Divisional Minor Board, Inc. is a registered 501© (3) organization.

All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Tax ID# 27-3766581.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Significant Developments at Boston Northeast GAA AGM

The Boston Northeast divisional board 2018 AGM was held last Sunday, February 11, at the Irish Cultural Center, Canton Mass.   Aside from electing the board of officers for the 2018 season, there were a couple of fairly significant developments. 

A motion was passed to restructure the senior hurling championship with the goal of focusing on resident players and improving the competition.  Each of the 5 Boston area clubs will field a senior team only, with limits on the number of sanction (visiting) players that can be registered.  Teams must field a minimum of 7 home based players and each club is allowed to register a maximum of 10 sanction players with no special dispensation made for “J1 eligible” sanctions.  Winners will be crowned senior hurling champions, and a junior final will be played between teams who do not qualify for the senior final.
In addition, a team made of primarily youth program players will enter the Junior B Football Championship.  The goal is to build a bridge between the adult and youth leagues, and provide the players who have come through the youth division with an incentive to continue playing as they enter adulthood.

Thank you to departing officers Gerry Prior, Eddie Feeley and Brendan O’Donovan for your service, and to 2017 Honorary President, Bernie Reilly.  Congratulations to Tony Burke, the Honorary President for 2018 and welcome to David Joyce, David Power, and Greg Lundy who are new to the board.  Best of luck to all for the 2018 season! 

Honorary President:  Tony Burke (Westmeath)

Chair:  John Farrell (Meath)

Vice Chair: Ian Murphy (Kildare)

Secretary:  David Joyce (Galway)

Assistant Secretary:  Nessa Oates (Roscommon)

Treasurer:  Peter Murray (Galway)

Assistant Treasurer:  John McDevitt (Donegal)

Registrar:  Shane McKenna (Brighton, Ma.)

PRO:  Rory O’Donnell (Dublin)

Youth Officer:  Martin Kerr (Tyrone)

Trustees:  Eileen Kerin (Clare), David Power (Waterford), Greg Lundy (Galway)