Finbar O’Neill is a man with many passions in life that range a wide variety of interests. However there has always been one thing that has captured his attention since he was a child, sports. Growing up in Ireland, Finbar was introduced to a wide variety of different sports, leading to a love for all sports that has followed him throughout his life and that he now uses to help his business and career. While he currently supports New York teams, Finbar is still a fan of the traditional sports he grew up around.
Finbar O’Neill: Irish Sports
Ireland has a number of traditional sports that aren’t found in the United States of America. As a child, Finbar O’Neill grew up around and playing sports that would seem strange to use. While the Irish play a number of sports that are recognized internationally, they also strongly hold on the these traditional sports that have centuries of history around them and are mostly unrecognizable outside the island. The most popular traditional sports on the island are gaelic football (34% of sports fan attendance) and hurling (23%) followed by soccer (16%) and rugby (8%). Along with these four most popular sports, you can find a wide number of other sports being played and watched including golf, gaelic handball, rounders, and cricket.
Of all the traditional Irish sports that Finbar O’Neill grew up with, gaelic football and hurling have the most history behind them as well as being some of the strangest to American viewers. Gaelic football is a combination of soccer, American football, and rugby. Each team tries to run the ball down the field using their hands and feet and try to either score a point by kicking the ball over the crossbars or a goal by kicking the ball into a net under the crossbars that is defended by a goalie. Hurling is a game with prehistoric origins and has been called the fastest game in the world. Using a stick called a hurley, teams try to hit a small leather ball over crossbars for a point or into a defended goal for three points. Hurling does has some international appeal and US soldiers are known to have picked it up after identifying with the warrior ethos involved.
After moving to America, Finbar O’Neill quickly adopted New York’s teams as his own. As a staunch supporter of the Giants, the Yankees, the Jets, and the Knicks, Finbar has owned season tickets to a number of the teams as well as using sports to help his initial transition into American culture. Finbar also uses the national and international appeal of sports to help in his business deals. Being able to connect over something as universal as sports has been a boon to his already successful business endeavors.