Pearse Uniacke attends All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Pearse Uniacke had the luck of the Irish on August 19, when he met the president of Ireland on his 18th birthday.
"My dad and I went to Ireland to watch the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final– Galway against Limerick," Uniacke said. "My dad is a vendor for the Galway County Hurling Team. He's also the chair of the Galway San Francisco Board, which raised $200,000 for the event. We had VIP tickets at Croke Park, which is the biggest sports stadium in Dublin."
Although Uniacke and his crew rooted for Galway, Limerick won the game. After the match, they were invited to a meet and greet. Suddenly, President Michael Higgins walked in with the National Guard.
"I got a picture with him," Uniacke shared. "He said, 'Happy Birthday' and 'Wow, you're tall!'"
Uniacke plays center on Serra's basketball team. However, he used to play in a hurling league and might pick it up again next year in college.
"Hurling is a mix between hockey and lacrosse," Uniacke noted. "My dad calls hurling the Riverdance of sport. It's one of the fastest games in the world."
While in Ireland, Uniacke also enjoyed hanging out with his first cousins (he has more than 40!) and learning about life on a farm.
"It was a great trip and we had a lot of fun," Uniacke said. "I can't wait to go back."