Dublin takes on Mayo in a much-anticipated showdown for the All-Ireland Gaelic football championship and we'll get up early on a Sunday morning to watch it on the "telly", live from Croke Park in Dublin, except we'll be at The Keg Room in midtown Manhattan.
Given the time difference, the New York Irish pub experience of the All-Ireland final means a full "fry-up" or cooked Irish breakfast. For those of you out late the night before, it makes for a tried-and-true hangover cure.
The match features the 2011 All-Ireland football champion Dubs vs. the 2012 runners-up from the Heather County, which routed defending champion Donegal in the semi-finals last month. This will be the first meeting between Mayo and Dublin in a GAA football final since 1923, which Dublin won in a rout. While Dublin is shooting for its second All-Ireland GAA football championship in three years, Mayo will be looking for its first since 1951, and hopes to reverse the infamous "Curse of '51." The winner gets to hoist the coveted Sam Maguire Cup (below).
For the uninitiated, Gaelic football is one of the national sports of Ireland. It combines elements of soccer, rugby, American football, and even basketball, and is a fast-paced, entertaining sport to watch even if you haven't figured out all the rules yet. Think non-stop, up-and-down action and on-the-fly strategy. We'll meet to watch it at The Keg Room, an American-Irish sports bar that opened just last December. This spacious, airy bar has won praise from locals and tourists alike for its beer selection, atmosphere, quality food and friendly Irish service.
We'll meet starting at 10 a.m, the match starts at 10:30 New York time. For anyone who's interested, the bar will also be showing the minor All-Ireland football championship between Mayo and Tyrone at 8:15 a.m. Otherwise, we'll start the meetup at 10. The match should be over right around 12 noon. There is a $20 admission charge at the door whenever you arrive. This is collected by Premium Sports, the TV distributor of the GAA championships in the US. The bar unfortunately is not able to waive this charge.
I know it's early on a Sunday morning, but we hope you'll be able to join us for this unique once-a-year New York Irish pub experience. Wear green and red for Mayo, sky blue and navy for Dublin, or whatever colors you want.
The Keg Room
53 W. 36th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY.