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The rugged sport of Irish football ... in San Francisco.

The rugged sport of Irish football . . . in San Francisco

Gaelic football combines the physicalroughness of rugby with the ball handling skills of soccer.

This fast-moving game can be seen eachSunday, now through the first weekend in August, at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park (between 30th and 36th avenues). From 2 to 5:30, teams play three consecutive games. You'll hear plenty of lively language peppered with Irish accents as teams like the Sean McDermotts, Shannon Rangers, Wolfe Tones, and Sons of Boru battle for points.

Unlike soccer, the ball can be carried andpassed by hand. Three points are scored by shooting the ball past the goalkeeper, single points by kicking it between upright extensions of the goal posts.

When the football season in Ireland startsin June, video showings of the week's best match can be seen, free, on Wednesday evenings at several Irish pubs in San Francisco. These include Ireland's 32, 3920 Geary Boulevard; Shannon Arms, 915 Taraval Street; Terry's Lodge, 1368 Irving Street; and at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, (415) 661-2700. The All-Ireland championships are broadcast live at the center on the third Sunday in September ($15).

Photo: Quick kick works ball downfield in Irish football game at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park. Players can use hands to pass or to block the ball

Photo: Irish community center hosts live broadcastsof championship games from Ireland
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Title Annotation:All-Ireland championships
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Date:May 1, 1987
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