Tom Prior Announced as Head Coach

Tom Prior

Tom Prior was named the Head Coach for the 2014 Men’s Lacrosse World Cup

Dublin, Ireland – John Cavanaugh, Ireland Lacrosse National Team Director, is proud to announce that Tom Prior will be the Head Coach of the 2014 Ireland Men’s Lacrosse Team. The team is set to compete at the year’s Federation of International Lacrosse’s World Championships in Denver, Colorado. Tom brings with him decades of Lacrosse coaching experience, including prior stints as Ireland’s top coach.

“Tom Prior’s service to our National Team Program is exemplary” said John Cavanaugh, National Team Director. Mr. Cavanaugh went on to say that, “we are fortunate to have a head coach with Tom’s dedication, commitment & experience leading us in Denver.”

Following the official nomination as Head Coach, Prior gave he own words of thanks:

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as the Head Coach for Team Ireland for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships. It is also great to work with legendary coach Richie Moran and a top notch staff that is building on momentum gained from our 2nd place finish at the 2012 European Championships, and from our recent win against Israel over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.”

He went on to say that, “I have been involved in Ireland lacrosse since 2001. The opportunity to teach & coach lacrosse in Ireland has been a tremendous experience and it is most rewarding to see the development and progress of our players, coaches & referees. I look forward to the competition in Denver this July and representing Ireland Lacrosse.”


Irish Lacrosse in New York for St. Patrick’s Day

 

The Irish Men’s Team & representatives had a St. Patrick’s Day meeting in New York City with Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland. Mr. Kenny was very excited to be a supporter of Ireland Lacrosse, and met with the team to give his well wishes for the 2014 World Cup that will me taking place this summer in Denver, Colorado.

Ireland Lacrosse Men’s Team meets with the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland

 

After the meeting at the Irish Consulate in Manhattan, the team officially marched in the most famous St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world. Sporting the Ireland Lacrosse banner, the team marched through the NYC streets and represented both Ireland & the game of lacrosse in classy fashion.

Take a look at some other great photos from this event and others!


Ireland defeats Israel 11-10

Ireland & Israel Representatives before the international exhibition during St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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In an international exhibition match held on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, The Ireland Men’s National Team defeated team Israel 11-10 in an exciting and tough battle. Held on the neutral grounds of Centre Island Town Park in Bayville New York, these two teams faced-off in what can be described as a warm-up match leading up to this years World Championships in Denver, Colorado.

The game featured some big hits from both teams while each trading scores back and forth. Both teams fought hard, but in the end it was team Ireland that came out on top. After the match, the Irish Lacrosse Foundation held a fundraiser & reception @ the beautiful Wall’s Wharf restaurant on the Long Island Sound in Bayville, NY.

Michael Kennedy, chief executive of Ireland Lacrosse, said Sunday’s game came together by chance after his team planned its training camp for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. After talking to Scott Neiss, executive director of the Israel Lacrosse Association, and realizing the holidays were in such proximity, the cross-cultural game day was born.

“We know there’s a huge Jewish community in New York and a huge Irish community in New York, and it’s great for both teams to be able to connect to those communities on major days for both countries. It’s absolutely special,” Kennedy said.

Funds were raised to support the National Team and the growth of lacrosse in Ireland. Many thanks to all of those who attended and donated their time and contributed to the cause.


Ireland Lacrosse at Doc O’Grady’s

Lacrosse Hall of Fame Coach Richie Moran hosted the event for the Irish Lacrosse Foundation

To kick of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Irish Lacrosse Foundation held a fundraiser at Doc O’Grady’s in Garden City, New York. The spirited affair featured Irish National Team players & coaches, along with local supporters all gathering for fun and drinks for the cause of Ireland lacrosse. The Men’s National team will be competing in the 2014 World Championships in Denver, Colorado.

With a local traditional bagpipe player leading the festivities, the crowd enjoyed food & drinks while Ireland lacrosse gear was featured in the raffles & auction. The Irish Lacrosse Foundation thanks all of those wonderful supporters who came down and celebrated with us!


Art of Lax – Ireland iPhone/iPad Cases

 

The Irish Lacrosse Foundation has partnered with The Art of Lax to create a line of iPhone & iPad cases that represent Ireland and the game of Lacrosse.

50% of all proceeds will go directly to helping kids play lacrosse in Ireland!

Show your support and trick out your mobile device with these sweet cases.

Ireland Lacrosse & The Art of Lax - Mobile Device Cases

Ireland Lacrosse


Men’s World Team 30 Man Roster

Ireland Lacrosse

We are pleased to announce the 30-man roster that will compete at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado. After an intense tryout that featured the best players that Ireland has to offer, the coaches and National Team Director John Cavanaugh made their decision and trimmed the roster down to 30. Congratulations to the following players who have been chosen to represent Ireland!

Kevin Quinn G
Connor Sweeney G
Conor Walsh D
Joseph Prior D
Jerry Nevin D
Ryan Licht D
Chris Byrne D
Dan Leidl D
Patrick Ferry LSM
Brian Fahy LSM
Zak Jordan M/FO
Kevin Owens M/FO
Sonny Campbell M/FO
Paddy O’Leary M
Martin Scanlon M
Tadhg Bolger M
John O’Connor M
Thomas Burke M
Aaron Cahill M
Tom Riley M
Michael McTernan M
Michael Shea M
Brian Gill M
Robert Byrne A/M
Paul Murran A
Sean Gibson A
Cillian Murphy A
Brian Gillis A
Kris Prior A
Garrett Kerr A


Men’s Team Holding Training Camp in New York

The Ireland Lacrosse Men’s Team is coming to New York to hold a training camp during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The festivities will include exhibition games, youth clinics, fundraising events and an Irish Lacrosse Banquet. There will be a ton of activities going on from 3/13- 3/17, including the team & supporters marching in the NYC St. Patricks Day Parade.

Here is a rundown of the festivities:

 

Thursday, March 13th

Fundraiser & Reception 7:00pm start
Doc O’Grady’s Irish Pub
273 Nassau Blvd S. Garden City South, NY 11530
Doc O’Grady’s Website

 

Friday, March 14th

Team Practice
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Centre Island Beach Park, Bayville

 

Saturday, March 15th

Youth Clinic
12:00pm – 1:00pm
St Mary’s High School Manhasset, NY

Exhibition Game: Ireland vs. North Shore Lacrosse Club
5:00pm Port Washington High School

Reception hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Chapter 19
Location & Time TBD

 

Sunday, March 16th

Youth Clinic
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Centre Island Park, Bayville

Exhibition Game: Ireland vs. Israel
2:00pm Centre Island Park, Bayville

Reception – Wall’s Wharf, Bayville
Following the exhibition game

 

Monday, March 17th

The National Team will be marching in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!


2014 Board of Directors and Membership Meetings


The ILF 2014 Board of Directors & Membership Meetings will be held on Saturday, January 11th 2014 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street (215)625-2900. This is being held in conjunction with the US Lacrosse National Convention & Fan Fest.

Ireland Lacrosse will be at booth #935 in the Expo Hall

Annual Reception – Headhouse Tower Lounge

The Membership Meeting and Annual Reception will be held at the Headhouse Tower Lounge, 9th floor at 7:00pm on Saturday Night. This is a great event every year with food, drinks, raffles & great friends all in support of lacrosse in Ireland. If you will be at the U.S. Lacrosse Convention, or will just be in the greater Philadelphia area, come down and have a great time supporting lacrosse in Ireland!

 

 


New Rage Cages for Irish Lacrosse League

 

The Irish Lacrosse Foundation, Ireland Lacrosse & former Women’s Director Julie Clarke combined forces to provide 4 new Rage Cage goals to the Irish Lacrosse League. With the help of Men’s Head Coach Tom prior who delivered the goals from the United States, the ILL now has a new set of game cages for both the men’s & women’s division.

Read the full story here!


2014 Celtic Open U19 Tournament Registration

celtic cup lacrosse

In conjunction with Sports Tours Ireland & and Limerick 4th of July Celebration (http://4thjulylimerick.com/), Ireland Lacrosse is hosting the 2014 Celtic Open, an U19 Boys Lacrosse Tournament for High School Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and just graduated in the University of Limerick from July 2nd – 5th 2014.

Celebrate 4th of July playing lacrosse in Ireland!

When: July 2-5, 2014

Where: University of Limerick, Ireland

Contact: info@sportstoursireland.com

Tours and other excursions are also available for teams wishing to add to the lacrosse experience.  Accommodation and meals will be offered at the start-of-the-art facilities at the University of Limerick, where all tournament games will take place. 

For further information, including sample itineraries, see Sports Tours Ireland – Celtic Open/ or contact Anthony Neville at info@sportstoursireland.com for further details.