Field O' Dreams: Irish Baseball Players Make Their Pitch to American Fans

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Online Fundraising Initiative Will Build First Ballpark in Ireland

An architectural schematic of the ballpark

Constructing a ballpark in County Meath is essential to the continued growth and development of the game of baseball here in Ireland.

Baseball players in Ireland are partnering with an American charity to raise $20,000 before the start of the 2013 baseball season. Every $1 in online donations will be matched and tripled by grants from the Irish government, in order to build Ireland's first ballpark. To donate, visit http://www.FieldODreams.com.

The ballpark, which will be the first baseball facility of its kind in Ireland, will be located 18 miles northwest of Dublin, a 20-minute drive from the Dublin airport. The facility will include youth and adult fields, batting cages, bullpens, scoreboards and permanent seating. It will serve as the home of the Ashbourne Baseball Club, in addition to hosting national and international tournaments for the Irish National Baseball Team.

"We've been playing baseball in Ireland for two decades and there are currently 500 players in our youth and adult leagues," said Baseball Ireland Secretary Sean Mitchell. "Constructing a ballpark in County Meath is essential to the continued growth and development of the game here in Ireland. The Irish government has pledged their support, but we must first unlock those funds with the help of baseball fans in America."

Donations will be accepted until St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2013. Donations will be handled by The Baseball United Foundation.

About the Baseball Ireland and The Baseball United Foundation

Baseball Ireland is the governing body for baseball in Ireland. There are currently over 500 youth and adult players playing throughout the country. The Ashbourne Baseball Club was founded in 2009 and currently has over 40 boys and girls playing baseball in County Meath, Ireland.

The Baseball United Foundation was founded by documentary filmmaker John Fitzgerald. The foundation raises funds to promote the growth of baseball in America and overseas. The foundation is based in New York and can be contacted through the website http://www.FieldODreams.com.

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