by Sean Moriarty
A Tipperary GAA club that has lost 17 of its members to emigration in recent years is trying to entice them all home for a special game at Christmas.
Members of Gortnahoe Glengoole GAA are scattered all over the world, including Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Hong Kong.
Several members play club hurling in London and Birmingham.
Republic of Ireland and Southampton soccer player Shane Long is a former member of the club and his brother Eamon played hurling for Fulham Irish in London. He now lives in Birmingham were he continues to play hurling for local clubs in the Warwickshire leagues and championships.
The Tipperary club, which is based just south of the Kilkenny border, wants to get all of their overseas members home for a special match called “Home to Hurl’ which will feature a special game between the locals and the returning emigrants on December 26, with all proceeds raised going to local charities.
The overseas members of the club have produced a video, based on a famous Nike advert from over 20 years ago, in an effort to entice all emigrants back home for the game. The video can be viewed on www.theirishworld.com