Kick Off To LIDL ComA?rtas Peile PA?idi Ai?? SAi?? 2018


KOREA TO COMPETE AT PA?IDA? FOOTBALL FESTIVAL

LIDL ComA?rtas Peile PA?idi Ai?? SAi?? 2018, 16-18 February, 2018

15th January: The power and appeal of one of Gaelic Footballai??i??s most favourite sons is truly evident as over 1,200 players comprising of teams from South Korea, Germany, the UK and 12 counties from the four provinces of Ireland will compete in the Lidl ComA?rtas Peile PA?idAi?? Ai?? SAi?? 2018, which takes place 16-18 February in West Kerry.

The famed club Gaelic football tournament and festival celebrates its 29th year which makes it one of the biggest and longest running club competitions in GAA history. 40 club teams compete in ladies and menai??i??s senior, intermediate and junior competitions in over 20 GAA venues across the Dingle Peninsula as well as teams attending cultural and social events at ComA?rtas HQ, PA?idAi?? Ai?? SAi??ai??i??s pub in Ventry, Co. Kerry.

There will be lots of familiar GAA faces popping up on and off the field over the weekend and plenty of interesting matches for Gaelic football enthusiasts at ComA?rtas 2018, sponsored by Lidl and supported also by Kerry County Council Tourism Unit, EJ Menswear.com and Lee Strand Milk

There is some stiff opposition in the Dermot Earley senior menai??i??s cup with newcomers including Mayoai??i??s Crossmolina Deel Rovers, Rosemount GAA of Westmeath, along with Clane and Johnstownbridge of Kildare.

Another Kildare side Rathangan, under the management of former Kildare All-star Karl Oai??i??Dwyer, son of the great Micko Dwyer, will line out in the intermediate menai??i??s competition against Keel, Anascaul, Lispole as well as Tyroneai??i??s Augher St Macartanai??i??s and St. Johnai??i??s of Sligo.

Ladies football is represented with 20 club teams competing including defending ComA?rtas champions Dublinai??i??s Ballyboden St. Endaai??i??s who are the most successful ladies club in the Dublin Championshipai??i??s history. They will be up against Brian Borus Ladies of Tipperary, Wicklowai??i??s Bray Emmets GAA, Cavanai??i??s Mullahoran as well as local sides Rathmore GAA featuring Kerry star Aislinn Desmond and Traleeai??i??s Na Gaeil Ladies in the senior competition.

The UK is also well represented with John Mitchellai??i??s Ladies of Liverpool returning to play in the junior ladies cup along with Glen Rovers of Watford and Round Towers of London.
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The football festival, which has attracted over 15,000 club players since it began in 1989, is a big boost for tourism in the area and continues to attract huge interest.

ComA?rtas Chairman PA?draig Ai??g. Ai?? SAi?? said, ai???We are thrilled to be breaking new ground by hosting a team from South Korea and itai??i??s great to see Team Germany ladies and menai??i??s teams, made up of six German GAA Clubs, making the big effort to travel. It reflects the expanding reach of the GAA community globally but also shows the interest in our tournament has spread far beyond what my father ever imagined. Supermarket chain Lidl are our main partner and, just as they have helped to grow Ladies Football, they have helped us to grow the tournament to 40 teams this year which we are really excited about. The support of local host clubs is crucial in ensuring we can maintain such a high number of teams and we thank them for their co-operation. Local partners Lee Strand Milk and Kerry County Council Tourism Unit are backing us also to continue with the ComA?rtas, which has become a big benefit in terms of local tourismai???.

Michael Collins, Lidl Ireland said ai???We are delighted to continue our partnership with this yearai??i??s ComA?rtas Peile PA?idAi?? Ai?? SAi??. Our sponsorship of is an extension of our commitment to Ladies Gaelic Football and our store teams in Dingle and Tralee are proud to get behind this year’s festival too.ai???

For a programme of events and a full list of teams visit www.Paidiose.com
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PARTICIPATING TEAM LIST
ai??? Tournament draw will take place w/c 5th February. Check www.paidiose.com for updates.
SENIOR MENai??i??S
ai??? Ratoath GAA, Ratoath. Co. Meath
ai??? An Daingean, Dingle, Co. Kerry
ai??? Clane GAA, Clane, Co. Kildare
ai??? Johnstownbridge GAA, Johnstown, Co. Kildare
ai??? Deel Rovers GAA, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo
ai??? Fingallians, Swords, Co. Dublin
ai??? Ardfert GAA, Ardfert, Co. Kerry
ai??? Rosemount GAA, Rosemount, Co. Westmeath

INTERMEDIATE MENai??i??S
ai??? Anascaul GAA, Anascaul, West Kerry
ai??? Lispole GAA, Lispole, West Kerry
ai??? Keel GAA, Keel, Mid Kerry
ai??? Augher St Macartanai??i??s, Augher, Co. Tyrone
ai??? St Johnai??i??s GAA, Carraroe, Co. Sligo
ai??? Rathangan GAA, Rathangan, Co. Kildare

JUNIOR MENai??i??S
ai??? Team Germany GAA, Germany
ai??? Ai??ire Ai??g GAA, London, UK
ai??? Buttevant GAA, Buttevant, Co. Cork
ai??? Seoul Gaels, Seoul, Korea
ai??? Banteer/Lyre GAA, Banteer, Co. Cork
ai??? Round Towers GAA, London, UK

SENIOR LADIES
ai??? Ballyboden St. Endaai??i??s, Ballyboden, Dublin
ai??? Brian Borus Ladies, Clogheen, Co. Tipperary
ai??? Bray Emmets GAA, Bray, Co. Wicklow
ai??? Mullahoran GAA, Kilcogy, Co. Cavan
ai??? Rathmore GAA, Rathmore, Co. Kerry
ai??? Na Gaeil GAA, Tralee, Co. Kerry

INTERMEDIATE LADIES
ai??? Corca Dhuibhne Ladies, West Kerry
ai??? Blessington Ladies, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
ai??? Burrishoole Ladies, Burrishoole, Co. Mayo
ai??? Naomh AbA?n, Baile Bhuirne, Co. Cork
ai??? Gowna GFC, Gowna, Co. Cavan
ai??? St. Francis GAA, Co. Leitrim

JUNIOR LADIES
ai??? Team Germany GAA, Germany
ai??? John Mitchellai??i??s GAA, Liverpool, UK
ai??? Funcheon Gaels, Co. Cork
ai??? Glen Rovers GAA, Watford, UK
ai??? Dingle Ladies, Dingle, Co. Kerry
ai??? Round Towers GAA, London, UK
ai??? Fossa GAA, Fossa, Co. Kerry
ai??? Ballymacelligott GAA, Ballymacelligott, Co. Kerry

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