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La Liga set for taste of Monday night Gaelic football

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

GAELIC football will take centre stage in one of the biggest soccer leagues in the world next Monday night.

Eire Og, Seville will play an exhibition game at half-time during the La Liga clash between Sevilla FC and Granada.

The game, which will be squeezed into a six-minute window, will take place in the 45,000-capacity Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium as the club hope to attract foreign nationals living in the city to take out membership.

Eire Og members will stage the exhibition match and it is hoped some pictures will be broadcast by Spanish TV station 'Marca.'

The game will be part of an 'Irish night' at the stadium where any Irish national will be admitted to the match for €5, while the tricolour will also fly at the stadium.

The Irish ambassador is expected to fly in from Madrid while traditional music will be played as part of the evening's entertainment.

Gaelic football is growing in the Andalusia region with Eire Og, Costa Gaels and Gibraltar Gaels currently competing in the first edition of the Andalusian League. There are nine clubs competing at national level.

There have been a number of recent efforts to promote Gaelic games outside of Ireland.

Next September, teams from around the world will play in an International Hurling Festival in Galway, with the final to be played at Pearse Stadium.

Sides from as far apart as Australia, South America and the Gulf will be represented, while a team from Europe, made up entirely of non-Irish players, will also compete.

Irish Independent

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