An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Playing Stickball in Choctaw Nation 2018


Stickball is a Native American (Choctaw) sport similar to Baseball.

The Choctaws gave Ireland a consignment of grain during the famine as they could identify with the starvation. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar paid the first ever visit by a sitting Taoiseach to the Choctaw Nation on St. Patrick’s Day 2018, and played a bit of Stickball.

Video Footage (Cherokee Nation Stickball 2016)

Cherokee Nation Stickball 2016



[1] Irish Times (2019) Choctaw Generosity to Famine Ireland Saluted by Varadkar [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 27 June 2019]


[2] Cherokee Nation You Tube (2016) Cherokee Nation Stickball [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 March 2021]


Thanks to Little Mountain (Belfast Sliders Softball)

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Last Updated: 25 March 2021

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