When it comes to anything Irish, Boston and music, the first band that comes to mind are the Dropkick Murphys. And the following Sunday, November 22, 2015, the legendary celtic rock band will be performing at a special show within the grounds of the famous Fenway Park.
The world’s fastest field sport, Hurling, will be returning to Fenway Park for the first time since 1954 and they are bringing the two largest teams that play to compete, direct from Ireland itself; Dublin and 2015 All-Ireland Finalist Galway. In addition to the game, there will be an Irish Festival on the grounds as spectators make their way in.
The news of this massive event, from the festival, to the Dropkick Murphys performing, and to the Hurling match itself has made it on to Boston’s news. Quoted from Boston’s CBS Local News, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh quotes, “Boston and Ireland have such a strong connection and it is thrilling to see one of the country’s native games will be played on our city’s most beloved ball park. Hurling is among the most exhilarating games played in the world and our city is proud to host one of Ireland’s most traditional sports.” (You can read the full article here)
Dropkick Murphys set will be performed on the park grounds, as approved by the City of Boston and the Red Sox in which 1000 fans will be let onto the field and right in front the stage to enjoy the set up close.
Hurling is considered supposedly being one of the oldest field sports, dating back 3000 years. The objective of the game is players hit a small ball (called a sliotar, pronounced “slitter” with a wooden stick called a hurley and get it into a goalpost. (As it does sound similar to field hockey) They have a few opportunities for points with if the ball reaches over the crossbar, they receive one point and under the cross bar for three points. More information is available on the Gaelic Athletic Association website (or clicking here). However, the Fenway Hurling Classic will be submitting to a modified version called “Super 11’” which reduced the pitch to 11 players and the only way to score is under the crossbar into the net.
For tickets to the Festival, the game and/or the show, click on www.redsox.com/irishfestival
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2015
Fenway Park gates will open at 11am
Irish music and entertainment throughout the concourse
Approximately 3:30pm-4:30pm –
Dropkick Murphys performance
Photos from this past year’s St. Patrick’s Day performances by Dropkick Murphys at Irving Plaza are in the gallery.