Future stars take centre stage as U-14s promise feast of Feile action

Diarmuid Geraghty

This weekend, U-14 hurlers across Dublin will be battling it out in the annual county Feile na nGael.

However, this year there is a different element to it as Dublin will also host the national competition in the summer meaning that all 50 competing teams will get the chance to represent their county on a national stage.

Secretary of Coiste na nÓg Damian Murphy is hoping that, after the huge success of the football competition two weeks ago, things will run just as smoothly and feels it represents a great opportunity to the future stars of Dublin hurling.

“There are 50 teams, meaning there are eight more teams than last year meaning we have six divisions,” he explained.

“But I suppose this year is unusual in that every team will get a second chance to play in the Féile as Dublin are hosting the national so it’s a great opportunity for all involved.

“Every hurling club in Dublin will participate in the national.

“This is almost the perfect preparation for the county to host the event. It’s a long time since Dublin hosted a national Féile so it is brilliant.

“It will no doubt be as competitive as always.”

Having been the dominant force in division one in recent years, Kilmacud Crokes will be hoping to make it three titles in-a-row at that level.

There is no doubt however, that others sides such as St Vincent’s, Na Fianna and Clontarf to name but a few, will ensure they will have to fight every inch for that honour.

All six finals will take place in Parnell Park on Sunday and teams will then be hoping to emulate a Ciarán Kilkenny-inspired 2007 Castleknock side, who went on to capture All-Ireland honours.