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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Gaelic Football Hits Houston In Time For St Patrick’s Day

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(March 7, 2012, Houston, TX) --  In the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day, the Houston Fenians, the area's only Gaelic football team is offering an opportunity for Houstonians to learn more about this Irish sport and introduce itself to Texas.  

"Saint Patrick's Day and Gaelic Football complement each other very well," says Houston Fenians team member Michael Murphy.  The team will be marching in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Houston March 17, 2012.  "The guys are excited about marching in the parade.  It's going be great exposure for the team and the sport."

There are more than 100 Gaelic Football teams throughout the country.  The Houston Fenians practice twice per week on area fields—one mid-week practice and one on Saturday mornings, "The team understands with our fans 100-percent behind us, they expect  a lot out of us on the field—and we'll always give them a good game", says team member Phillip Larkin.  The first game for the Houston Fenians is April 14, 2012 in Austin and the first home game is May 5, 2012.

The team is gaining exposure by the day, with their practices, games and events.  The guys not only stay in shape through their practices, but some good ol' fashion Irish cooking helps out from time to time, "Recently the team took part in an Irish cook off at Lucky's Pub in Houston, so we're gaining exposure within the Irish pub scene, too."

Currently, the Houston Fenians are playing against teams from Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.  There's only a men's league for now.   Also, the team is developing youth and women's teams through parishes in the Greater Houston Area during the next year.   "It's good to give back to the community and to introduce the next generation to Gaelic Football," says Murphy.  To set up media interviews by Saint Patrick's Day, contact John Ziomek at 713-575-4144 or .  Don't forget to check out the team web site: .   
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