AER LINGUS has launched its International Hurling Festival to be held at Pearse Stadium in Galway in September as part of the airline's participation in The Gathering.
In September, Aer Lingus will host the first ever International Hurling Festival, in association with The Gathering, and supported by the GAA and Etihad Airways.
The qualifying games will take place in regional towns around Galway with the finals being staged at Pearse Stadium. Aer Lingus is inviting teams from all over the world to compete in this unique International Hurling Festival and will bring teams from New York, San Francisco, Canada, Asia, the UK, Continental Europe, the Gulf and Australia. Aer Lingus and the GAA are also using the tournament as an opportunity to promote the game of hurling in developing regions by including teams such as Buenos Aires, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and a Europe team made up of non-Irish nationals. Aer Lingus Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Grealy said: 'We are very excited to bring this one of its kind hurling festival to Ireland, in the year of The Gathering. 'We have already seen a huge response to the event and are confident that the Aer Lingus hurling festival will help to foster an interest in one of our most loved national sports. ' The game of hurling is uniquely Irish, like Aer Lingus, and is a source of enormous pride to the Irish all around the World. We look forward to welcoming many friends and visitors home to Ireland for what promises to be an exciting year.'