Update: February 15, 2007

Now you can help support Irish Baseball by making an online donation. Visit for more information.

what is the emerald diamond?
“The Emerald Diamond” is a 90-minute documentary about the Irish National Baseball Team. The film’s budget of $70,000 was financed on credit cards by first-time filmmaker John Fitzgerald. 

The film debuted to a sold out crowd in New York on February 25, 2006 and has been seen in over 20 theaters across the country since then. It has been featured by The New York Times, New York Post, FoxNews and National Public Radio.

UPDATE: On November 12, 2006, “The Emerald Diamond” won the Critic’s Choice Award at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY. The award was selected and presented by film critic Jeffrey Lyons. There are two videos available online from the festival:

VIDEO: Q&A with director John Fitzgerald at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival

VIDEO: Awards Ceremony – National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival

do they really play baseball in ireland?
Yes!! Baseball has been played in Ireland since the early 1990s. The Irish National Team made its debut in the 1996 European Championships in England. Today, baseball is played throughout the country – the National Team is based in Dublin and youth baseball is played in Cork, Kerry, Port Stewart and Greystones.

where can i see the movie?
You can purchase DVDs through this website, or check the Upcoming Screening  Dates below to see when the movie is playing in your city.

screening dates

-February 23
Sioux Falls, SD Jeschke Fine Arts Center, University of Sioux Falls Campus 7:30pm
-February 24 2007
Bay City, MI
State Theatre (913 Washington Ave) 7:30pm BUY

-March 8
Pasadena, CA Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library, 285 East Walnut Street 7:00pm 
Hosted by The Baseball Reliquary

-March 10-11
Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave. Times TBA

Hosted by The Cincinnati Museum Center

-March 17 Cooperstown, NY National Baseball Hall of Fame, Bullpen Theatre 2:00pm

-March 18 Louisville, KY Louisville Slugger Museum, 800 West Main St. 3:00pm

-March 24 Newtown, PA Newtown Theater, Time TBA

if you would like to arrange a screening of “The Emerald Diamond” for your organization or group, Email director John Fitzgerald for more information.




Deluxe Edition DVD
Deluxe Edition DVDs are now available. These DVDs contain the original theatrical version of the film with over 80 minutes of extra features and deleted scenes. Extras include:

Two Trailers
-Music Videos – two videos from the soundtrack recording session with Whiskey on a Sunday.
-Outtakes and Bloopers 
-The Emerald Age of Baseball – a look at the first and second generation Irish ballplayers who dominated professional baseball in the late 1800s. Features interviews with historian Dr. Jerrold Casway.
-Retiring Sean Mitchell’s Number
-Youth Miscommunication – the challenges of teaching baseball to kids who haven’t grown up around the game.
-Rounders and the Irish Media – a look at similarities between baseball and rounders as well as the Irish media’s attitude towards baseball.
-Movie Premiere – footage and photos from the premiere of “The Emerald Diamond” on February 25 in New York.
-The Emerald Diamond Goes on Tour – Footage and photos from director John Fitzgerald’s national screening tour.
-Pride & Honor – Interviews with Irish National Team players about what it means to represent Ireland in international competition.



Movie Posters
HUGE (24″x36″) theatrical movie posters are now available. Posters feature billing credits and reviews from the New York Times, New York Post, Irish Echo and NPR.  $19.99


The soundtrack CD features 24 songs and movie quotes. Bands on the soundtrack include Shilelagh Law, Cady Finlayson, Icewagon Flu, Charm City Saints, The Riots, Joseph Mulvanerty of Black 47, Neck, John Walsh and former San Diego Padre infielder Tim Flannery. $14.99

Now you can help support Irish Baseball. You can make a tax-deductible contribution to Emerald Diamond USA with your credit card. All donations go to support the development of

Irish baseball. Even a small donation will go a long way to helping. Donations of $10 or more will receive a bumpersticker (pictured below). Click on the DONATE button below.

Thanks for your support,

John Fitzgerald