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SKYLIGHT FINANCIAL GROUP NACB GAELIC GAMES FINALS BRINGS 2,300 ATHLETES TO NORTHEAST OHIO

Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie Championships to be Held at Barton-Bradley Fields Aug. 30 – Sept. 1

James Crosby | 8/23/2013, 11:52 a.m.

CLEVELAND, OHIO (August 23, 2013) – Northeast Ohio’s vibrant Irish community will be on display Labor Day Weekend when the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club and the Midwest Gaelic Athletic Association hosts the 2013 Skylight Financial Group North American County Board Finals at North Olmsted’s Barton-Bradley Fields. The event will crown North American Champions in the sports of Gaelic Football, hurling and camogie, while a connected festival village will feature traditional Irish food, beer and live music throughout the tournament. Over 2,300 athletes from over 100 teams are expected to travel to Cleveland for the event, which will create $1.2 million of local economic activity. It will be the largest NACB Finals in history.

“The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is thrilled to support the Midwest Gaelic Athletic Association and St. Pat’s in hosting a successful tournament and welcome athletes and visitors from across North America to Cleveland. I am confident that everyone will have a first-rate experience here,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “The Gaelic Games will spur substantial economic activity in our region and be an outstanding cultural experience for Greater Cleveland residents.”

“Skylight Financial Group is very excited to be the official corporate sponsor of the 2013 NACB Finals,” said Dan Brennan, CEO Marketing, Skylight Financial Group. “We are very pleased that it has become the biggest finals in the history of the NACB in terms of particapting teams and the spectators that will flock to it. The event will be very family friendly with games, food and entertainment for all. A lot of what the Cleveland committee has put together is a first for this event, we are very proud to be a part of that."

Gaelic football is played by teams of 13 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The primary objective is to score by driving the ball in the goal under the crossbar for 3 points or by kicking the ball through the uprights over the crossbar for 1 point.

Hurling and camogie are stick and ball games also played by teams of 13 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals. Teams attempt to score by driving the ball, called a sliotar, into the goals for three points or hitting the ball over the crossbar for one point. Hurling is the male version of the sport, while women play camogie.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the gate. Friday single-day passes are $10, Saturday single-day passes are $15 and Sunday single-day passes are $20. All-session passes are $40. Kids 16 and under are free all weekend.

St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club had campaigned to host the games for six years on behalf of the Midwest Gaelic Athletic Association. Mark Owens, originally from Derry City, Ireland, has spearheaded the bid each time.

“Cleveland has a tremendous history with the Gaelic Games and the Irish community in general. Gaelic Football, hurling and camogie are very high tempo with constant action. Having the championships here will give us a great opportunity to bring awareness and our hope is that we can further develop the games here in the Cleveland area,” stated Owens.

The event’s festival village will provide musical entertainment and food throughout the event. Food from Claddaugh Irish Pub and beer from Yuengling and Heineken will be on sale, while local Irish band Mary’s Lane will play live from the village on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. DJs and entertainment will play at other times during the event.

In addition to the competitions, Kamm’s Corners in Cleveland will host several social events throughout the weekend. With authentic Irish Pubs and several live music venues, great restaurants and shops, Kamm’s Corners is a fun and vibrant neighborhood with eclectic entertainment options.