Great to see a demonstration of Gaelic Football at a La Liga game.

Pump It Up The Park

Negredo Granada

Dara Folan- Seville

Monday the 28th of January was christened “el día irlandés” or Irish day, a day where a shotgun marriage of Irish culture and Spanish football was in full swing at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

While teeming hordes of wealthy Irish-American tourists were at a minimum and Gabriel Byrne didn’t condemn the celebration as the money making scheme that it probably was, Sevilla FC did muster an inadvertent “Gathering” of their own.

Sevilla are keen to establish a fanbase among the city’s population of guiris and extranjeros and as such are devoting one matchday each month to a different nationality. In this case, Irish citizens were given pride of place and five euro entry to Sevilla’s firey Andalusian derby against Granada.

While not boasting a surplus amount of Irish ex-pats, the designated Irish quarter of the stadium was populated by the far flung accents of Seville-based Irish students, tourists…

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