All go for Páidi's football fest

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:16

COMÓRTAS Peile Páidí Ó Sé will go ahead next month thanks to the efforts of its Coiste who plan to pull out all the stops to make it a celebration of all that is good and great about football while at the same time honouring the memory of its founder, Kerry GAA legend Páidí Ó Sé who died unexpectedly at this home in Árd a'Bhóthair on December 15.

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Forty-eight teams hailing from Ireland's four provinces, the UK and continental Europe are expected to take part in the 2013 Comórtas which will take place from February 22 to 24.

A member of the Comórtas Coiste confirmed this week that the matches will be held primarily in West Kerry with some matches also expected to take place in Tralee or in the vicinity of Killarney, with the Comórtas HQ located, as always, at Árd a'Bhóthair.

The final schedule is still in the process of being ironed out and full details will be made available at the official launch in Dublin's Burlington Hotel on February 5, which will be attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D.

Only a few weeks prior to his sudden and untimely passing, Páidí Ó Sé spoke to The Kerryman about his plans for the 2013 Comórtas Peile in its 24th year. He said football was spreading across the globe due to emigration and he saw the expansion of his Comórtas Peile - with the inclusion of an international dimension this year - as the being "the next logical step".

"It is heartening to see so many of our best and brightest representing our country and our sport abroad but of course we would like to see these young people return home at some point as they too have a part to play in our economic recovery," he said at the time.

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