Welcome to my second entry in the sports blog, and this time I’ll be focusing on St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish community in Jyväskylä.
St. Patrick’s Day will fall on Friday the 17th of March this year and although it’s not a national holiday here in Finland (yet!) it will be celebrated with just as much vigour.
Jyväskylä is home to a GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) football club with about sixty members in total. These members come from around the world and the majority of the members have never played Gaelic football before. One of my favourite experiences I have had is playing and being part of the Jyväskylä GAA team, the team has a great team ethos and there is a real sense of community in this group of multi-nationals. The remarkable thing about this club is that there are only five Irish members and the rest are from all over the world.
That’s all from me this time,
Slán agus Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!