Last Sunday, the New York senior football final ended in a draw between Sligo and a St Barnabas side that fielded a team of born and bred New Yorkers.

Both sides will have to do it all again in the replay this Sunday. 

In the meantime, New York GAA secretary Liam Birmingham and St Barnabas captain Conor Hogan joined RTÉ 2fm's Game On to discuss what transpired at the weekend in the Big Apple. 

"It was a tremendous game of football as much as anything else," said Birmingham.

"Looking at the two teams, there was certainly no indication that one was an American-born team or anything like that.

"From our point of view, it was a validation of everything that's been happening over the last number of years with the kids that have been coming up through the minor board and now to see them playing at that level was a tremendous accomplishment."

Birmingham referenced the challenges and changing demographics since the turn of the Millennium, with a shift in immigration patterns due to US policy changes and also the advent of the Celtic Tiger in Ireland.

"Prior to that, there were a lot of Irish players coming out for the summer and the American kids weren't really getting a chance a time and place to play," he explained.

"At that stage, with the minor board, we set up our own programme so that we could set up development squads and start the American-born players coming up through the ranks.

"It started slowly and it started at Under-6 right through to Under-18. We set up the CYC (Continental Youth Championships), the equivalent of the Feile in Ireland, which is where teams from all over the country, Canada, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco all come together in one city every year and play against each other."    

Hogan was part of the St Barnabas side at the weekend and is also a product of that pathway, having grown up in the Bronx as the grandson of one of the club founders.

"We've always had the sense of Gaelic football, not just in my life and my family, but my friends too," he said.

"Obviously, a lot of us too are first or second generation. My dad hails from Tipperary and grandparents from Roscommon and Meath, so there has always been that sense of Gaelic football ever since we started Under-8s with the St Barnabas Gaelic football club."

"What really gets you going is when the national anthem plays and that's what really hits you off, especially when you're representing not just yourself but also other Irish Americans from New York and from all over the country."