Following on from the spectacle at Croke Park commemorating the calendar anniversary of the 1916 Rising last Sunday, London GAA is gearing up for its own programme of events.
This bank holiday weekend Ruislip and Greenford will be host to a celebration of gaelic games in the capital to mark the centenary year since the Rising, and to honour the links that London had to the rebellion.
On Saturday, there is an underage hurling day at Ruislip from 10am until 2pm, while Tara Camogie host their annual 7s tournament in Greenford.
On Sunday (01.05.16), there is a packed day of activity with London hurlers’ second round Christy Ring tie and the 1916 commemoration challenge match between London and Louth footballers the main event.
After a late announcement on the times of the next round of Christy Ring matches, London hurlers kick off the day, hosting Meath at Ruislip at 12:30pm.
This is followed by London Junior footballers versus Lancashire, before the London Youth Development Squad play Warwickshire.
Ten minutes before the senior football throw-in, there will be a reading of the proclamation followed by Amhrán na bhFiann. Then Ciaran Deely’s charges take on Louth in their useful challenge game, four weeks before they face Mayo in their opening Connacht Championship game.
There will be a special programme handed out free with match tickets on Sunday, which will also give an entry to a half-time draw for London v Mayo tickets.
There will also be a half-time mini exhibition arranged by London’s youth committee and evening music and after-match party. And all visiting teams will be presented with a special commemorative plaque.
Match day admission on Sunday costs £10, U16s are free and seniors/students £5.