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Gaelic Games Blitz held in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

People might have had to do a double take, if they passed by Roberto Clemente Field on Saturday, as dozens of kids from across New England took part in Gaelic football.

At first glance, it looks like soccer, but the more you watch, you see influences from volleyball, basketball and American football.

The Gaelic Games Blitz was put on by the Western Mass Youth Gaelic Football team and the Wolfetones.

Organizers said the sport is a way to introduce the young players to their heritage.

"It really has its roots in the Irish neighborhoods," said Michael Connally. "It's an Irish sport that goes back to Ireland. We try to build some of the heritage and education. It starts with sports, and then it builds up with everything else, the education."

Following Saturday's games, the players and their families made their way to the John Boyle O'Reilly Club, which sponsored the event, for a barbecue.

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