London clubs descend on Dublin for World Games
Players from six different London clubs travel to Dublin this weekend to take part in the Etihad World Games contesting camogie, football and hurling. Croydon, Father Murphys, Tara, Thomas McCurtains, Tir Chonaill Gaels and Parnells will all represent London in the competition which sees over 1,200 players from across the world compete.
There are 56 teams entered in the competition across the four codes, coming from Australia, Africa, America, Asia and Europe as well as teams from Ireland itself. The opening ceremony was held at Croke Park on Sunday, before a cultural launch event at the Helix.
This week will see UCD’s Belfield campus host the teams for their competitions before the finals are played in Croke Park. Almost 500 games will be played over the course of the week-long festival. Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán CLG, said: “The success of last year’s Etihad Airways GAA World Games in Abu Dhabi is still fresh in the memory and everyone involved in the GAA is very eager to see that we continue to develop this exciting initiative.
“In the years immediately after the formation of the GAA in 1884, Michael Cusack described the growth and expansion of Gaelic games activity as “being like a prairie fire.”
This event will showcase the extent to which the passion and participation for Gaelic games has now spread far beyond our shores and will acknowledge the keepers of this flame.
“It is an event that simply would not be possible without the support and commitment of Etihad Airways which has played an integral part in making the dream of a GAA World Games become a reality. A key feature of the 2016 World Games event will be that the growing number of new GAA clubs made up of non-native Irish people who have discovered Gaelic games and have made it their sport of choice. There will be over 25 non- Irish born teams at the event, which demonstrates the growing strength and appeal of the GAA abroad.”