Gaelic girls get ready for battle on the pitch
FOOTBALL clubs from several different counties will descend on Fingallians GAA Club in Swords this Saturday, August 16, for the club's annual Under-10 Ladies' Football Festival.
This is the third year the club will host the event, and according to organiser Liam Ó Culbáird, each year's event has been a huge success.
'There are very few such events for girls of this age group and it can be quite difficult for clubs outside Dublin to get to matches because the numbers playing are not as strong as in Dublin,' explained Liam.
'This is why we invite clubs from outside Dublin. It lets the girls play against teams they are not familiar with and also lets clubs and players form bonds. This is a major event in the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association calendar,' he added.
He said demand for places was massive with word about the event spreading from year to year.
'Ladies Gaelic Football is a rapidly growing sport and it is now a major part of Fingallians GAA, whose senior team won the Dublin County final last year and who currently have three club members of the Dublin Senior County team as well as representation at Under-21, Minor and Under-16 and Under-14 level,' explained Liam.
The 12 teams taking part in the football festival, which starts at 10am, include Fingallians GAA, St Mary's Leixlip, St Bride's Dundalk, St Colmcille's Bettystown, Navan O'Mahony's, Castletown GAA Kells, Naomh Eanna Gorey, St Mary's GFC Donore, Arklow Geraldines/Ballymoney Wicklow, Donaghmoyne GAA in Carrickmacross, Eadestown GAA Naas and Clan na Gael, Lurgan in Armagh.
Fingallians GAA is always looking for new girl players from Under-8 upwards to get involved. If anyone would like further details, they can find contact details on www.fingallians.com