Sunday 22 April 2018

English team takes on GAA kids at their own game

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

A MULTI-ETHNIC GAA team from England has taken on the Irish at their own game.

Students from a disadvantaged school in one of London's poorest areas banded together to compete in the Feile Peil na nOg GAA challenge.

Overcoming personal and cultural obstacles, pupils from St Paul's Academy in Abbey Wood, south-east London, took on seven Under-14 county teams.

Their journey is featured in a new documentary, entitled 'Feile Dreams', set to air on RTE One tonight at 8pm.

"Throughout the whole experience the boys really changed," Tom Worden, who co-directed the film, told the Irish Independent.

The boys from St Paul's teamed up with players from Thomas McCurtains and Round Towers to form the South London squad.

The Feile included more than 80 teams, from Ireland as well as parishes around the world, with clubs from as far afield as New York and San Francisco.

The team took on clubs such as Fermanagh's Enniskillen Gaels, St Loman's of Westmeath, Eastern Harps of Sligo and Ennistymon from Co Clare.

Irish Independent

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