FEILE PEIL na nÓg 2007

FEILE PEIL na nÓg 2007
29th /30th June, 1st July

Leitrim will host the 26th Feile Peil na n Og this year, with the kind help and support of our neighbouring counties Roscommon and Sligo. This is Leitrim’s first time to host the national competition and it is a great honour to be able to do so.

Feile na n Og is one of the largest events in the National G.A.A. calendar, and was launched by the President of the G.A.A. Mr. Nicky Brennan at a special ceremony in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday 23rd May.
The President of the Ladies Football Association Ms Geraldine Giles, along with officials from G.A.A. and Ladies Boards in the three counties and participating clubs were all present on the night.

This year, a total of 164 teams have registered to take part in Feile, made up of 104 boys teams and 60 girls teams. There will be over 4000 players in total between visiting and host teams in the three counties for the weekend from Friday June 29th to Sunday 1st July.

Feile is an international competition for U14 Gaelic footballers with approximately 4100 children taking part this year. Amongst those participating in the competition this year will be a club team from each county in Ireland, teams from England, Scotland and the United States.

One of the highlights of the weekend for all of the players is a parade of all 164 teams in Carrick on Shannon on Friday evening. A total of ten bands have been confirmed to take part in the parade starting in the newly developed Pairc Sean Mhic Dhiarmada which was officially opened by the President of the GAA Nickey Brennan on Sunday last, and parading through the town.

Bands taking part in the parade are The Artane Boys Band, Western Command Band, Longford Pipe Bank, Kiltubrid Pipe Band, Mullingar Town Band, Catlerea Brass Band, St. Michaels Band, Enniskillen, Boyle Marching Band and Killoe N.S. Band, Longford.

Each team will parade in their club colours behind their club banner and there are prizes for best Banner, Visiting Team and Host Team. The Presidents of the GAA and Cumann Peil na mBán will present Pennants to each team captain at the review stand which will be situated at The Town Clock. The parade will be a colourful spectacle and not to be missed. This will be the biggest parade ever in any of the 3 counties and there will be huge crowds in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday evening to watch it. People are advised to arrive in town early as traffic restrictions will be in place by the Gardai on the approach roads to the town.

During the course of the weekend there will be a total of 271 games played. On Friday 29th June each host club will play their visiting team in the opening round of the competition and the second round games and semi-finals will be played on Saturday at the following venues.

Bee Park, Manorhamilton Kiltoom St. Patrick’s
Aughavas Roscommon Town Calry
Leitrim Gaels Michael Glaveys Geevagh
Annaduff Boyle St. Mary’s Sligo
Ballinamore Clan na Gaels Tourlestrane
Drumshanbo St. Dominics Drumcliffe
Carrick-on-Shannon St. Ciarans Tubbercurry
Ballinamore Strokestown Shamrock Gaels
Fenagh St. Croans St. Johns
Drumkeerin Castlerea Eastern Harps
Mohill Croghan Curry
Aughnasheelin Cootehall Coolera
Dromod Elphin St. Farnans
Gortletteragh Enniscrone

On Sunday July 1st, the finals will take place in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, commencing at 9.00am. There will be 11 finals in total,
7 boys and 4 girls games.

During the second round games on Saturday 30th June a competition in the skills of Gaelic football also takes place. This involves 1 nominated player from each team going through set routines from different distances. The skills finals are held on Sunday July 1st with an overall winner in both the boys and girls competitions.

If you would like further information on any aspect of the Feile weekend please contact Mary Glancy at 086-8446960.



29-Jun-07 by Mary Glancy – Feile Peil na nÓg PRO