Celtic Cowboys – Gaelic Games Showcase + Austin Rose of Tralee
Last Saturday, Sean and I had a blast filming and taking photos for the Celtic Cowboys at the Gaelic Games Showcase. The Celtic Cowboys is both a social and athletic club geared toward promoting a sense of community and, as you might have guessed from the name, Irish tradition here in Central Texas. We’ve had the pleasure of attending a few other Cowboys events, but this was the first time I had seen the sports in action. I didn’t even realize until the night before that I wasn’t going to be taking pictures of soccer – Gaelic football is a totally different animal.
The game is a traditional Irish sport, and it’s sort of a combination of soccer, basketball, football, and wrestling. It’s an intense hour of non-stop action and the players really throw their all into it. It was a ton of fun to watch and to shoot – check out a selection of my photos here.
Up next was the hurling exhibition. Hurling is another traditional Gaelic game, this one involving big wooden clubs, and thankfully, helmets. The game combines elements of baseball, hockey, soccer, and again, a lot of crashing into other players. It also requires an incredible amount of finesse, as the ball is nearly baseball size and is being flung, hit, and bounced on the hurleys as the players run. It’s a fascinating and exciting competition. Check out a selection of my hurling pictures here.
That evening, we headed off to Fado to cover the annual Austin Rose of Tralee gala, a scholarship competition among college-aged women of Irish descent. The evening was punctuated by poignant memorials and dedications to a young Texas Rose of Tralee whose recent passing had touched the community deeply.
Again, it was a great time shooting this event. Folks from Irish communities (and really, communities of many nationalities) all over Central Texas and even all the way from Ireland came to celebrate, drink, and hang out together, and we might have even snuck a pint or two. See a selection of my pictures from the Rose of Tralee gala here, and be sure to look out for Sean’s video – you won’t want to miss the Gaelic Games showcase in action. Thanks for reading!