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Iberian showpiece hotting up

MADRID, Barcelona, Seville and Valencia may be best known in the sporting world for the exploits of their soccer clubs, but there's GAA activity there too, and indeed in other parts of Spain.

Teams from those four cities will be joined by clubs from Marbella, La Coruna and Pamplona for the first round of the Iberian GAA football championships, which begin in Seville on Saturday.

Hosted by the local Eire Og club, it will be the first major GAA event held in the city.

This is the seventh year of the Iberian Championships and features the highest number of teams so far. Further rounds will take place in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Pamplona over the coming months.

Saturday's event is a huge occasion for the Eire Og, Seville club. Founded in 2009, it made its debut in last year's Iberian Championship, which was won by Madrid Harps. The winners go on to compete in the European Championship against clubs from several other countries.

Irish Independent