About our club and what we do
WHO WE ARE
WHERE WE STARTED
The Twin Cities Robert Emmets (TCRE) was founded in 2005 by a small, dedicated group of Irish expats. Inspired by a shared passion for their national sport and the growing presence of hurling in the United States, they banded together with other members of the local Irish community, as well as some curious American-born players, and formed Minnesota's first official hurling club.
See more photos from our club's early years and read a colorful account of our humble and hilarious beginnings in this club history written by former TCRE member and journalist Jim L.
The first Twin Cities Robert Emmets panel to compete at the USGAA national tournament in 2006 at Chicago Gaelic Park. Since 2006, TCRE has grown to send three teams to the tournament every year, bringing home 4 camogie titles and 2 hurling title.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
nationally-competitive traveling teams
local City League teams
months of active play every year
Kilkenny, Ireland Mayor Patrick O'Neill and delegation with TCRE City League players in 2016.
Members of the TCRE camogie team visit the club crest displayed permanently outside of Croke Park in Dublin.
Today, the Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling & Camogie Club is well established as the home of hurling and camogie in state of Minnesota. While TCRE continues to welcome Irish expats who seek out our club to build connections and stay active in their sport, the majority of our members are now American-born and discover the game as adults.
Our club runs a gender-inclusive City League with summer, fall, and winter seasons, multiple training sessions per week from April through August, and a fall youth program to teach and inspire the next generation of young hurlers and camogs. We also host our annual NorthStar Tournament in June for teams from around the region, and field multiple teams in competitive tournaments around the country, culminating in the USGAA Finals, a national tournament that takes place every August in a different US city each year.
Off the field, TCRE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an active member of the Twin Cities Irish and Irish-American cultural community. You will regularly find us at events such as the St. Paul and Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parades and the Irish Fair of Minnesota. We also host hurling clinics around the state for everything from youth summer camps to collegiate Irish history classes, helping to foster greater awareness and appreciation for this true Irish cultural institution.
TCRE and our members are part of the Heartland Division of the United States Gaelic Athletic Association (USGAA).