Spring Training is here--it's the perfect time to spread the word about Irish baseball!

Do they really play baseball in Ireland, you ask? Yes! Baseball has been played in Ireland since the early 1990s and the Irish National Team made its debut in the 1996 European Championships in England. Today, baseball is played throughout the country--the National Team is based in Dublin and youth baseball is played in Cork, Kerry, Port Stewart and Greystones. The Emerald Diamond is a 90-minute documentary about the Irish National Baseball Team, financed on credit cards by first-time filmmaker John Fitzgerald. The film debuted to a sold out crowd in New York on February 25, 2006 and has been seen in over 20 theaters across the country since then. It has been featured by The New York Times, New York Post, FoxNews and National Public Radio. On November 12, 2006, The Emerald Diamond won the Critic's Choice Award at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY. John has just put a shortened version of the film on youtube to help spread the word.


kearsarge said...

I had no idea about baseball in Ireland. thanks for the info

Irish Studies said...

Thanks for commenting! We do appreciate it.