The Rockland Gaelic Athletic Association expects to draw a crowd of over 700 people to the GAA fields in Orangeburg for its the 2012 Robert McKiernan Memorial Field Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
"I would say it's a celebration of the club and all the club stands for," said Mike Glynn of the field day committee. "We have taken the opportunity to remember two former players who were fantastic footballers, all-star caliber players. We remember Dennis (McHugh) with the under-8 tournament and Robbie with the field day as a whole.
"A lot of clubs have a field day, but none as big in scope as ours."
Glynn estimated that approximately 750 people turned out last year for the event, which has been around for 16 years. The GAA was founded in 1972 and provides the opportunity for athletes of many ages to participate in sports such as Gaelic Football, hurling and sheaf throwing.
Saturday's activities begin with the Dennis McHugh Tournament, an Under-8, seven-on-seven Gaelic Football competition, which will run on both fields from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., McHugh was a firefighter who was killed as a result of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. For more information on McHugh, go to the Dennis P. McHugh Foundation website at http://dennispmchugh.org/
McKiernan was a standout in Gaelic Football and soccer who attended the St. Margaret School in Pearl River before going on to be captain of the soccer and basketball teams at Nanuet High School. McKiernan was killed in an automobile accident in 1995.
There will be games and races for children from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include a dunk tank, bouncy castle and basketball shooting contest. There will also be a DJ, Michael Sullivan, providing entertainment.
"There are lots of things for the kids to do," Glynn said. "As far as the adults are concerned, it's the football. We will have some great football. A hurling match as well."
Glynn said that at approximately 3:30 p.m., there will be a short gathering. John Roche will sing the Irish National Anthem, with Tom Fennell singing U.S. National Anthem. There will also be a short prayer. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) will speak.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and refreshments will be served all day. Cost for the event is $5 for adults, free for anybody under 18.
Scheduled Events Include:
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Dennis McHugh U-8 Seven-a-Side Tournament, Upper Field
- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Games and races for kids. Face painting. Bouncy castle
- 4 p.m. Youth Hurling exhibition on the lower field
- 4 p.m. Men's Hurling - Rockland vs. Hoboken on the upper field
- 5:30 p.m. - Men's football - Rockland Juniors vs. Celtics Juniors
- 6:30 p.m. - Sheaf throwing contest
- 7 p.m. - Men's Football - Rockland Seniors vs. Celtics Seniors
- 7 p.m. - RGAA Fundraiser - Raffle Drawings, including $100 raffle.