Footballers of the world to unite in Ventry next year as Paidi goes global

THE eyes of the world will be firmly focused on Corca Dhuibhne this February as, for the first time, Kerry footballing legend Páidí Ó Sé will welcome Gaelic Football teams from all over the world to participate in the Páidí Ó Sé International Football Tournament.

So far, teams from across England, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Singapore, Dubai, Guernsey, Jersey, Madrid, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam have confirmed their participation in the tournament which takes place on February 22 - 24. Men's and ladies' teams from the four provinces of Ireland will also compete in the tournament at senior, junior and intermediate level.

According to Páidí, this is the next logical step in the evolution of the football tournament he hosts annually in West Kerry (and which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014) as Gaelic Football becomes better known across the globe.

At the European Gaelic Football Championship Games in Maastricht earlier this year up to 1,200 competed; the rise in emigration is seeing the game is spread across the world very quickly," Páidí told The Kerryman.

"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 added. *" We are delighted to be able to welcome so many teams from across the world to come and play Gaelic Football in Corca Dhuibhne alongside with teams from all over Ireland this February."

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