History made with first ever GAA training session on famous Lissadell estate lawn
Published 08/06/2015 | 07:07
History has been made with the first every gaelic games training session on the famous Lissadell estate in Co Sligo.
The Donegal U14 county ladies team held practice drills and fitness sessions on the lawn at the front of the 19th century house.
There will be more history made this Saturday when the first ever game takes place as Sligo's Ladies take on Leitrim Ladies in a challenge game to celebrate the 150th birthday of Ireland's national poet W B Yeats.
Final preparations are being made to the pitch ahead of the Great Yeats Birthday Party which includes a food festival, exhibitions, poetry recitals and art competitions.
Thirty footballers from Donegal - all aged 13 and 14 - were given a special tour of Lissadell House before their training session, followed by a mountain-biking session through the estate's forests.
"Who needs La Manga when you can have warm weather training in Lissadell?" said one of the Donegal coaches Liam Skelly.
"I know Jim McGuinness used Carton House for his Donegal team, but I think it would be hard to beat this as a venue."
Lissadell owner Constance Cassidy said: "It's the first ever gaelic games training session in the grounds and we were glad to welcome the girls to Lissadell.
"It's part of opening up the estate again; with the Lissadell adventure side of things offering cycling trails, surfing and kayaking. This Saturday promises to be a wonderful family day out with something for everyone.
"It will be a superb celebration of Yeats and of Yeats country."