Hurlers from all over the world have arrived in Dublin for the International Hurling Festival.
GAA has officially gone global.
Irish expats have set up GAA clubs around the globe looking for a taste of home in their adopted country, and they have returned to the mother land for the Aer Lingus International Hurling Festival, in partnership with Etihad Airways.
Their love of GAA has even become part of the local culture in their new homes, with several American players without any Irish roots flying into Ireland in order to celebrate their beloved sport over the coming days.
Players have travelled from as far as Australia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the sporting celebration, which has been organised as part of the Gathering initiative and takes place in Galway next week.
They received a heroes welcome at Dublin airport as they were greeted by a welcoming committee from their host town of Ballinasloe, including a group of local musicians playing traditional Irish music.
Teams from all over the world will compete over three days in venues across Galway next week.
Adult tickets for the festival are priced at €5
Adult tickets (U18’s go free) are priced at €5, through tickets.ie and all proceeds go to the Galway Hospice.
For more information, see www.hurlingfestival.com