Monday 23 October 2017

Counties host 'open evening'

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Kilkenny are the only county not hosting an 'open evening' for fans tonight or last night as part of the GAA's new marketing initiative -- and the Noresiders are in the process of organising one.

The GAA, conscious of competition from other big sporting events this summer, issued a directive that every county should set up a simultaneous 'meet the players' event for the public. They specified that it should happen tonight but several counties and players had prior commitments.

Kilkenny had a full round of local championship matches, but they stressed yesterday that they fully support the initiative.

Kerry, Tipperary, Laois, Offaly, Derry and Sligo all held their publicity evenings last night; the rest are holding theirs tonight.

Armagh's will include a 'Beat the Goalkeepers' challenge; Mayo's includes guided tours of MacHale Park; Dublin, Kildare and Donegal are among those organising fun games and using senior stars to coach children.

Irish Independent

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