Council to seek White House invite for Galway hurlers

Galway’s All-Ireland-winning minor and senior hurlers could be joining the bowl of shamrock on a trip to the White House in Washington if a motion before the local authority bears fruit.

It follows a proposal at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council to contact the Irish Ambassador to the States so that an invite could be issued to the All-Ireland winners to visit Donald Trump on St Patrick’s Day.

Traditionally the Taoiseach of the day travels to Washington to present the bowl of shamrock to the President of the United States – but this time Leo Varadkar could be joined on the flight by the Liam McCarthy Cup and the successful Galway sides.

The proposal was made by Cllr Michael Fahy who asked that the Chief Executive Kevin Kelly to make contact with the Irish Ambassador to facilitate an invitation.

“It was a proud day for Galway when our minors and seniors achieved the ultimate success in Croke Park and it would be only right and proper that they be honoured by visiting the White House at the invitation of the President.

“It would also be a huge boost to the tens of thousands of undocumented Irish who would be delighted to see the All-Ireland winners come to America to be honoured by the President,” he said.

Cllr Fahy then went on to mention how his grand aunt had been given a house in Lough Cutra near Gort where Michael Cusack, one of the founders of the GAA back in 1888, had once lived. “I have very close links to the foundation of the GAA,” he said.

His motion was seconded by Cllr Dermot Connolly.