Registration Open for the Cusack's Leprechaun 5k Dash!!!

posted Jan 14, 2014, 9:11 PM by Michael Cusack Hurling Club   [ updated Jan 7, 2015, 11:26 AM ]

It's that time...The Michael Cusack's Leprechaun 5K Dash!!! The course is predominately a cross country style where runners will run a 3.1 mile stretch in a double loop around the grounds of Chicago Gaelic Park. In the final stretch, the racers will run down the beautiful field where the Gaelic Games having been playing in Chicago for the last 30 years!

The kid's 1 mile dash will start at 10:00 am and the 5K run/walk will start at 10:30 am.

This year the Michael Cusack Hurling Club will donate a portion of the race registration fees to a local charity, Crusade for Chris. 
Chris Ellis is 5 years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in July of 2014. By the time he showed any symptoms, the cancer had already spread throughout his body. Since his diagnosis, Chris has undergone surgeries to remove tumors, chemotherapy, and stem cell harvests. He still has over a year of chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and radiation treatments ahead of him. He is also participating in a MIBG clinical study. For more information, please visit

Don't waste time sign up now! For more information, copy the link below:

Nov. 10, 2013, Michael Cusack Hurling Club AGM and Election Results

posted Dec 23, 2013, 8:00 AM by Michael Cusack Hurling Club   [ updated Dec 23, 2013, 8:10 AM ]

The AGM was held Sunday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m. Message from incoming Chairman, Paul Reynolds: We as the new board would like to thank the members who were present at the AGM yesterday. The board for 2014 is as follows.

Honorary Presidents, John Schwertfeger and Harry Costello
Chairman, Paul Reynolds 
Vice Chairman, Matt Schwertfeger
Secretary, Brian Connolly
Treasurer, Lizzie O Connor
Assistant Treasurer, Maureen Gill
Registrar, Pat Paison
Public Relations Officers, Kevin Pearson and Shay Mcshane 
Delegates, Tommy Dolan Sr. and Lizzie O Connor
Alt Delegates, Brian Connolly and Liam Dolan
Team Manager, Tommy Dolan Sr.
Assit Team Manager, Paul Reynolds

Selectors to be selected at a later stage.  We would like to thank the following people who are on the 2014 board and the best of luck for the upcoming season.

Thank you.  Paul Reynolds

National Champions!!!

posted Sep 9, 2013, 7:21 PM by Michael Cusack Hurling Club   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 10:29 AM ]

The Michael Cusack Hurling Club has won its third national championship.  This past Labor Day weekend, the Cusack's battled their way to become the North American Junior B champions.  

The 2013 national tournament was held in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cusack's contested the semi-final with the Barley House Wolves club from New Hampshire.  The New Englanders were 2012 Boston and National Junior C Champions.  This was their first match in the Junior B grade.  The club is mainly made up of members of the armed services.  The Chicagoans knew the match would be physical and their foes well able to keep up with the Cusack style of play.  

From the throw-in, the Midwesterners kept the pressure on New Hampshire.  Goal chances presented themselves but were called back by square balls.  The Cusack forward were steady in their point taking and knocked the sliotar over the bar at every opportunity.  Joe McLoughlin took advantage of every placed ball adding to the Cusack's total.  New Hampshire did not back down.  Their scores came quickly and lodged a major in the first half, getting the best of net minder John Vizza.  At the half, the Chicagoans were only ahead by 2 points.  

Back from the break, the Cusack's immediately took their scores.  Nearly every ball that came from the New Hampshire back field was returned just as quickly.  J. McLoughlin continued with his free taking marksmanship.  The Chicagoans showed no signs of slowing down.  The New Englanders could only muster a few points in the second half.  The Cusack's would eventually run out clear winners, 2-16 (22) to 1-9 (12).  

New Hampshire showed real promise through the match and will no doubt be contenders in 2014.  

With the semi-final win, the Cusack's advanced to the Final on Sunday morning.  Their opponents would be the winners of the other semi-final clash between Twin Cities and St. Louis.  Twin Cities would come out ahead with big win putting on a display of both goal and point scoring.  The Chicagoans knew they were in for a rough match.  

Before the match, the atmosphere was calm over the Cusack camp.  Rumors of mind games the previous day may have been fuel for the fire, but effects were not to be seen on the Chicagoans.  From the throw-in, the Cusack's took possession early and logged a few early points.  Twin Cities' puck outs and clearances dropped high balls on the Chicago backs.  The Cusack's were up to the task.  Breaking balls were gathered and returned quickly.  Twin Cities would be the first to find the back of the net.  Collapses of the Chicago back line were punished with goals.  Cusack forwards displayed a composure that allowed them to continue chipping away at the deficit.  At the short whistle, the Chicagoans were staring at the wrong side of a 2 point margin.  

The first half was a delight to watch.  Tough, physical play combined with speed and skill.  It was apparent that both clubs were hungery for the cup.  

The second half saw much of the same.  The Chicagoans knocked over 3 points to make the slimmest of leads.  Twin Cities raced ahead and put tremendous pressure on the Cusack full backs and keeper.  A Twin Cities forward broke free and was facing only John Vizza between him and the lead in the game.  Vizza cut down the shooting angle and sacrificed himself, stopping the shot with his chest, to protect the lead.  Cusack's free taking was not as lucky as in the semi-final.  But some great scores from corner forward Kieran Ruane inched the Chicago lead to 4.  Throughout the game, every single Cusack forward and midfielder made their mark on the score sheet.

With less than a minute left in the match and the Cusack's up for 4, a free was awarded to Twin Cities on Chicago's 21 a yard outside the left goalpost.  There were 7 Cusack's on the line.  The free was well struck and came in low.  The sliotar hit the turf.  Wing back Kyle Farmer threw himself in front of the bouncing ball, but the ball was deflected behind him.  Matt Schwertfeger, full back, caught the deflection off his facemask then, with a flick of his leg, sent the ball over the end line just inches from the post.  As the umpire signaled for a 65, three sharp blasts from the referee's whistle brought about the dramatic finish of the match.  

Cusack's 0-19, 3-6 Twin Cities

The match was hotly contested and Twin Cities pushed the Cusack's to the end.  It was an emotional end to the weekend.  The Chicagoans were severely tested and put in 110% effort.  Cusack Chairman Matt Schwertfeger after the match said, "The boys did everything that was asked of them by the management.  It was a massive effort by all players.  They left everything on the field.  Of course, we would not have been here without our management team, Tom Dolan Sr. and Paul Reynolds.  This is just a huge boost to our players and managmenet, who have worked so hard this year, to our supporters, those here with us in Cleveland and in Chicago, and our club.  It's an incredible feeling, words can't do it justice."

BACK ROW: S. Barrett; A. Killarney; T. Dolan Sr (Mgr.); G. Igoe; S. McShane; D. McLoughlin (VC); K. Ruane; K. Farmer; T. Keane; R. O'Boyle; J. McLoughlin; M. Schwertfeger; M. Igoe
FRONT ROW: J. Vizza; K. Pearson; L. Dolan; B. Connolly; M. Killarney; T. Dolan Jr. (C); P. Paison; S. Dolan; P. Reynolds (Sel.)

Photo at top of page: Cusack's after winning with supporters
Second photo down: Matt Schwertfeger takes a throw-in during the final v. Twin Cities
Third photo down: Captain Tommy Dolan raising the cup, Cup presented by Uachtaran Mr. Liam O'Neill

Photos courtesy of the Pearson's

Cusack's Hurling Demonstration - North Side

posted Mar 30, 2013, 7:20 PM by Michael Cusack Hurling Club

The Chicago Michael Cusack Hurling Club is hosting a Free Demonstration of the Irish sport of Hurling on: 

Sunday April 7th
Caldwell Woods Picnic Area at the corner of Milwaukee and Devon. 

Hurling is a great way to stay active, learn a new sport, and engage with the community and community members. 

Come learn to Hurl!

Cusacks' Leprechaun Dash

posted Feb 8, 2013, 7:03 PM by Michael Cusack Hurling Club   [ updated Mar 26, 2013, 3:11 PM ]

Cusacks' Leprechaun Dash
5k family run & walk
March 24, 2013 at 10:30 am
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 W. 147th Street
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Please check out the results! Also check out photos and  a slideshow video on Facebook: Michael Cusack Hurling Club Chicago.

2013 Annual General Meeting

posted Dec 7, 2012, 8:41 AM by Michael Cusack Hurling Club   [ updated Dec 7, 2012, 9:02 AM ]

The Club held the Annual General Meeting for 2013 on Sunday December 2 at Gaelic Park.  Congratulations to the new officers and thank you to those who attended.

2013 Board
Chairperson:  Matthew Schwertfeger
Vice-Chairperson:  Paul Reynolds
Secretary:  John Vizza
Treasurer:  Danny O'Connor
Registrar:  Patrick Paison
PRO:  Jack Patton
Delegates:  Tommy Dolan, Jr & Brian Connolly
Fundraising Chairperson:  Lizzie O'Connor
Manager:  Tom Dolan, Sr.


There were not many motions presented.  Among those that passed was the creation of a fundraising sub-committee and fundraising chair position and a $30 membership fee for full-time students who are new to the club.  

2013 promises to be one of the most exciting years in the clubs history.  You can stay updated at our social media sites as well as the club's official website.  

Michael Cusack Hurling Club 5K Run & Walk

posted Mar 21, 2012, 2:15 PM by Michael Cusack Hurling Club

Runners and walkers of all skill levels welcome! Come join friends and family for an enjoyable day of running, socializing, and supporting the Chicago based Michael Cusack’s Hurling Club at Gaelic Park! Registration fee of $25 comes with a tee shirt and all race related amenities; $30 late registration. All finishers receive ONE FREE BEVERAGE of their choice! Be it a refreshing pint of GUINNESS or other beer, an ice cold LUCOZADE, or a delicious Cola!

2012 AGM

posted Jan 7, 2012, 4:16 AM by Michael Cusack Hurling Club

The Michael Cusack Hurling Club will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, January 28 at Gaelic Park.  It will start promptly at 5pm.  Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat.  

2012 Planning Ahead

posted Nov 13, 2011, 10:09 PM by Michael Cusack Hurling Club

The Michael Cusack H.C. will be ending our 2011 season with our annual Christmas Party.  Stay tuned for details.  The Board would like to thank all the players, their families and supports for a great 2011.  The club performed admirably at the county finals in San Francisco.  Next year, we'll build on our past successes and return from Philadelphia with a cup.  

See everyone at the Christmas Party and AGM.

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