What is a Na Toraidhe?
Toraidhe is an old Irish word meaning “the pursued” or “band of outlaws”. The Toraidhe were the remains of an Irish rebellion; individuals who were sought by the crown forces after the 1798 rebellion specifically.
“Then, during the exclusion crisis of 1679-1681, those who wished to disinherit the Catholic heir presumptive to the British throne [known as Exclusionists or Whigs] used Tory as a disparaging nickname for their opponents.
“When that faction eventually coalesced into a political party, it kept the Tory name. The present day Conservative Party in the UK is a descendant of that original party, though it no longer wholeheartedly embraces the Tory nickname.”1
Philadelphia men’s hurling team was established in 2004 for their first season in 2005, originally as the Philadelphia Shamrocks.
The team celebrated several victories including:
- 2005 – USGAA National Junior B Championship
- 2006 – Philadelphia Hurling Championship and the USGAA National Junior A semi-finalist
- 2007 – Philadelphia Hurling Championship and the USGAA National Junior A Finalist, losing to Tipperary Boston
- 2008 – Philadelphia Hurling Championship and USGAA National Junior A Championship
The team name was changed to Philadelphia Na Toraidhe in 2012.
In their first season as Na Toraidhe, men’s hurling won the Philadelphia championship.
- Since then their accomplishments continued to thrive including:
- 2013 –
- 2014 –
- 2015 –
- 2016 – USGAA National Junior C Finalist, lost to Seattle in the final
- 2017 – Philadelphia Hurling Championship and USGAA National Junior C Finalist, lost to Columbia Red Branch in the final
- 2018 – USGAA National Junior C Finalist, lost to Coastal Virginia, Mid-Atlantic in final
- 2019 – USGAA National Junior C National Champions, defeating
- 2020 – Unfortunately COVID defeated us all but socially distant practices, team bonding, and many team video calls to be had
- 2021 – Philadelphia Hurling Championship and USGAA National Junior B Finalist, losing to the Twin Cities in the final
The first camogie players started training at the men’s practices during Winter League back in 2015. The women’s camogie team was officially founded in 2016.
- 2017 – The camogie team first started with 7 aside games and tournaments against Baltimore
- 2018- Played first full 13 aside tournament hosted by Philadelphia against COVA and Baltimore
- 2018 – 1st appearance at USGAA National Finals in Philadelphia making it to the semi finals, losing to Seattle
- 2019 – Second place at NY 7 aside, First place at 7 aside Mary Cosgrove Tournament, and USGAA National Finalists, losing to the NY Annie Moore’s
- 2019 – 3 NT players were selected for USA Warriors camogie team and competed in the final match at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland
- 2020 – Virtual 7s Kilmacrokes – highest team ranked outside of Ireland in Junior division
- 2021 – Philadelphia 7s champions, Philadelphia Champions and USGAA National Finalists, losing to Boston
Na Toraidhe never lets the cold stop us from the game. Winter League is an annual tradition where we pull the sliotars and hurleys out to shake off the rust and get ready for the upcoming season.
Anyone is welcome to play winter league. Have you wanted to learn more about the sport, meet our team and/or watch us play – reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Facebook or Instagram @NatoraidheGAA.
Na Toraidhe participated in their first Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2015. In 2017, during the St. Patrick’s Day parade, several of our players were able to have a special audience with Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach at the time.
Na Toraidhe continues to participate in Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade annually.