This summer, the Baseball United Foundation brought 17-year old Irish baseball player Paul Carey over to America, to attend the Nike Baseball Camp at Mercy College in Westchester County, NY. Paul, who lives in Ashbourne, County Meath, plays for the Ashbourne Baseball Club. Baseball is very popular in Ashbourne and the sports is growing rapidly there. In 2015, a new baseball facility opened in Ashbourne.
As you can see in the video below, Paul had a great time at the camp and is looking forward to playing on the Irish National Baseball Team in 2016.
Paul is a catcher and he hopes to play Division III baseball in America after he finishes high school. Based on his performance at the baseball camp, we’d say Paul is well on his way!
Baseball has been played in Ireland since the early 1990s. Ireland’s National Baseball Team played its first international competition in 1996 when it entered the European B-Pool Championships in Hull, England. Today, baseball is played throughout Ireland and kids like Paul are playing in Meath, Wicklow, Dublin, Belfast, Cavan, and West Clare.
If you would like to support the Baseball United Foundation’s ongoing programs in Ireland, please make an online donation by clicking here. You can also support Irish Baseball by purchasing official Irish National Baseball Team caps and Irish Baseball T-shirts on Amazon.com.