Hurling is an outdoor team sport of ancient Gaelic origin and played with sticks and a ball. The game, played primarily in Ireland, is arguably the world's fastest field team sport in terms of game play and is Ireland's national sport. We're currently looking for people that are interested in playing the great game of hurling.

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It is with great sadness and utter shock that the Akron Celtic Guards announce the death of long-time Akron Hurler, Politician, and Friend W. Roak Zeller. Roak has been a consistent hurler and friend to the Akron Celtic Guards for years and his untimely death is unfortunate to a club which has grown through his continued participation, support, and friendship. Knowing him personally over the last few years, I can honestly he say he was one of the most genuine and considerate people I have ever known. In a very physical sport, it is easy for teammates to get grudges and animosity, but i never saw that out of Roak. He played purely for love of the game, and was always at every match, tournament, and fundraising event. This is a tremendous loss.

In the opportunities I had to talk to Roak personally, what always came through was the kindness of heart. I had known that he was heavinly involved in the community and in local politics, and without question those qualities showed in his dedication to this club. Akron hurling is a family and has lost a true member.  -Zach Wysocki

I'll never forget how excited Roak was to see the Liberty Bell at Nationals in Philly 2012, nor the conversation we had about civics afterward. He was one of the most selfless souls I've ever met. Up Roak!  -Kevin Casey

I remember Roak as someone who was always there ready to play. He never got angry or showed frustration on the field or off. He was a very kind soul. I can't help but think about how well he played at nationals when he filled in for me. He knew what needed to be done and did it well. I'm glad to have been a part of that game.  -Mick Schauer

Roak was an exceedingly nice, happy and considerate teammate and friend. He once gave me a shamrock plant as a thank you for something I did for the club. He was always thinking of others and what he could do to help, to make somone happy or to make someone smile. My heart is broken by this loss.  -Coleen Casey

Roak was an extremely genuine, sincere, and overall good guy. His passion and love of the sport of hurling and for his team, the Akron Celtic Guards was easy to see. As one of the very first members of the Akron Celtic Guards, Roak saw our squad grow from 6 to over 30. His encouragement and his honest to goodness effort was inspiring and truly appreciated.'ll be dearly missed. To Roak's Family... Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time. We want you to know what a good Human Being Roak was. It was a pleasure to have known him.  -Michael Ruane

A few months ago, during the Pub series, Roak pulled me aside before the match to show me his sideline cut. I was a little skeptical but I entertained him anyways. So I walked about 25 yards to the center of the field for him to smack it, and he did! He cut it a good 40 yards in the air, albeit only about 4 feet in the air, but it carried. Immediately after I ran up to him to not tell anyone, so he could be a surprise for everyone. I'm still impressed.  -Pat Taylor Jr.

Unfortunately I never had the chance to get close to Roak, but from what I saw face to face and on the field was that he was a great guy who was genuine and had a kind heart. He will be dearly missed and I give my deepest condolences to his family and everyone who knew him. God bless and RIP.  -Ashley Frank

The Hurler's Prayer
Grant me O Lord, a hurler's skill,
With strength of arm and speed of limb
Unerring eye for the flying ball
And courage to match whate'er befall
May my stroke be steady and my aim be true
My actions manly and my misses few
No matter what way the game may go
May I rest in friendship with every foe
When the final whistle for me has blown
And I stand at last before God's judgement throne
May the great referee when he calls my name
Say, you hurled like a man; you played the game.
Seamus Redmond


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2016 Akron Hurling Board
Nicholas Frank - Chair
Coleen Casey - Co-Chair
Keith Knott - GDO
Beth Rimmel - PRO
Miklos Schauer - Secretary
Niki Schauer - Registrar
Pat Taylor Jr. - Treasurer

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Co Derry
BT46 5RF
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The Akron Celtic Guards Hurling Club
PO Box 27033
Akron, OH 44319