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01 Dec 2021

Offaly teams heading for Feile events in Croke Park and Thurles

Offaly teams heading for Feile events in Croke Park and Thurles

Offaly teams heading for Feile events in Croke Park and Thurles

John West Féile has given two Offaly GAA U-15 club teams the opportunity to showcase their talents at Croke Park and Thurles.

The events will take place later this month as part of the competition’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Ballinamere/Durrow Ladies footballers will represent the county in Croke Park on Sunday, October 24.

Teams from 32 counties were entered into a draw with the prize of a trip to play at GAA HQ in the celebratory event.

DSK (Drumcullen/Seir Keiran) hurlers have been invited to take part in a Thurles-based blitz on Thursday, October 28, with semi-finals and finals taking place at Semple Stadium.

John West, sponsors of the GAA’s annual Féile na nÓg (football) and Féile na nGael (camogie and hurling) competitions, says it was delighted to honour its pledge that no child would be left behind following last year's cancellation.

Throughout its sponsorship, John West has focused on encouraging children to participate in Gaelic games, while emphasising the importance nutrition plays in fueling young athletes.

This year’s running of the competition saw it take place on a county basis in August, with the age-grade moving to under-15, ensuring children who missed out in 2020 got a chance to compete.

John West Féile has brought together thousands of young hurlers, camogie players and Gaelic footballers in a celebration of the GAA’s community ethos through underage competition.

This is the sixth year of John West’s sponsorship of what has grown to become one of the biggest underage sporting events in Europe.

“Féile highlights the importance of sport in children’s lives and that is something John West is truly passionate about,” said John West Ireland General Manager, Peter Rooney.

“The chance to play at Croke Park or Semple Stadium is an added element designed to once again allow clubs play against and foster links with teams in other counties and provinces.

According to Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Larry McCarthy, one of the great benefits of a lifetime involvement in the GAA is the friendships and memories made as a result.

“As a competition, Féile has been superb at living up to this from its very earliest days. To reach its 50th anniversary is a significant milestone and generations of players have experienced the joy of being a part of Féile na nGael and Féile Peile na nÓg.”

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