TEAMS DECEND ON WEST KERRY FOR 28THA�COMA�RTAS PEILEA�PA?IDA?A�A� SA�
The launch of the LidlA�ComA?rtas PeileA�PA?idA�A�A� SA�A�2017 took place today (Tuesday, 31stA�January) at Dublina��s Croke Park Hotel with Kerry All-Star Paul Geaney who announced details of the famed club Gaelic football tournament and festival which takes place 17-19 February inA�ComA?rtasA�HQ atA�PA?idA�A�A� SA�a��s pub in Ventry and various GAA venues across the Dingle Peninsula.
32 teams in all compete from 14 counties across all four provinces as well as teams from the UK and the United Arab Emirates in ladies and mena��s senior, intermediate and junior competitions.
For Gaelic football enthusiasts there is plenty to catch the eye with Kerrya��s An Daingean and An Ghaeltacht with player/manager Marc A� SA� taking part in the Dermot Earley senior mena��s cup which also includes 2016 Laois county senior champions Stradbally, Kildarea��s Sarsfields, Dublina��s Fingallians and 2016 Wexford senior county finalists Glynn-Barntown. The junior mena��s cup will feature Dubai Celts, the first Middle East team to play in the tournament.
Kerry’s Keel, Anascaul and Lispole are up against Meatha��s Dunderry, North Cork side Knocknagree and Sligoa��s St. Johna��s in The Boars Head intermediate mena��s cup and Valentia Island are flying the flag in the junior mena��s cup against Cavana��s Shannon Gaels, Corka��s Ballinacurra and also the Dubai Celts.
Four Kerry ladies club teams line out over the tournament weekend with Corca Dhuibhne and Na Gaeil in the intermediate cup against Mayoa��s Burrishoole who are going for three in a row at theA�ComA?rtasA�along with Cavana��s Gowna Ladies,A�Baile Bhuirnea��sA�Naomh AbA?nA�and Cork’s Clonakilty.A�Dingle Ladies and Clounmacon GAA are in the four team junior ladies cup against Liverpoola��s John Mitchels and Dublina��s Lucan Sarsfields. The senior ladies cup has current Dublin senior league champions Ballyboden St. Endaa��s, Boardsmill of Meath, current Louth county champions Stabannon Parnells and Wicklowa��s Bray Ladies.
The football festival, which is also supported by Grant Thornton, Lee Strand Milk,A�FA?ilte IrelandA�and Kerry County Council Tourism Unit, has attracted over 13,000 club players since it began in 1989 and is a big boost for tourism in the area with over 1,800 bed nights created over three nights. This year, as well as nightly music and entertainmentA�inA� ComA?rtasA�HQ atA�PA?idA�A�A� SA�a��s pub there will also be a special excerpt from a John B. Keane play hosted by the late playwright and authora��s son Billy Keane on Sunday evening in the pub.
PA?draig > A�A�g.A�A� SA� promises a healthy mix of fun and sport,A�a�?We are thrilled to have 14 counties with plenty talent among them and and we finally have coaxed a team from the East, Dubai Celts, which was always a dream ofA�PA?idA�a��s. 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.A�We are delighted to bring on board our new title sponsors Lidl who are already great supporters of Gaelic Games in Ireland as well as Grant Thornton. We have over 1,000 people spending the weekend on the Dingle Peninsula, filling hotels and rental houses as well as using various other services which is great for business at a quiet time of year and long may it continue.a�?
Michael Collins, Area Manager, Lidl said, a�?We are delighted to sponsor this yeara��sA�ComA?rtas PeileA�PA?idA� A� SA�. With almost 150 stores, we are a part of communities all over Ireland, this is where serious support is born and nurtured- through the dedication of a local community. Earlier this month Lidl announced a further a��1.5 million investment in Ladies Football with a commitment to spend it where it matters most a�� at local level and in the community so young players feel they have that backing from the start. Our sponsorship ofA�ComA?rtas Peile A�PA?idA� A� SA� is an extension of that commitment and our store teams in Dingle and Tralee are proud to get behind this year’s festival.a�?
For a programme of events and a full list of teams visitA�www.Paidiose.com