From Irish Central:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a large gathering of footballers from the Shannon Gaels club and their families in Queens on Saturday, October 17, that it is “time Queens had an Irish football field.”
Bloomberg, who attended the first annual Shannon Gaels field day at Sunnyside Gardens, said, “We are in very early stages of the process but we are cautiously optimistic that we can get it (a GAA pitch) done.”
Admiring the Sunnyside Gardens, Bloomberg said, “This is a great event and Sunnyside Gardens is a great park, but I think it’s time Queens had an Irish field to call home. How about you?”
Bloomberg said that the Queens Parks Department sat down with members of the Irish community to discuss options last week.
“We’re still in the very early stages, but we’re all optimistic,” said Bloomberg.
“The Irish have helped make this the greatest city in the world and I want to see more Irish come here … and more immigrants from around the world.”
Although no specific site has been decided upon, Staunton said the commissioner of the Queens Parks Department welcomed the proposal pitched to them last week with open arms.
Staunton and members of the Shannon Gaels hope to secure a six-acre site on city property.
If you're an American black or Hispanic kid that wants to play football, the Parks Department kicks you off your home field. If you want to create park land in your neighborhood so kids have a place to play, Parks tells you to take a hike. If you're fresh off the boat and want to play your version of football during an election year, the Parks Department and Mayor dedicate city property to accommodate you.
Tweeding at its most blatant.