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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There are many different ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. For the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance, celebrating Irish heritage happens year round.

The alliance is made up of kids ages 4-17 from all over Maine,learning and playing the Irish sports of hurling and Gaelic football. In the groups fourth year they now have over 40 kids participating and reach out to around 1,500 students a year in public schools and recreation programs. Head Coach, James Tierney, hopes to see those numbers grow even larger.

"I think just knowing is an opportunity for them to feel like they have a future in playing," said Tierney.

Many players like 14-year-old Andrew LeBlanc, therearen't many other kids his age who are familiar with hurling or Gaelic Football. His goal is to see the two eventually become organized team sports in Maine schools.

"It's interesting, it's one of a kind, you don't see a lot of people playing it," said LeBlanc. "You get to brag about it."

For more information about the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance you can visit www.gaelicsportsme.com.

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