Festival of football in senior championship

by Aaron Dunne
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It’s a busy week in the Go Ahead Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship, with nine games across the week. 

The Round 1 replay between Ballyboden St Endas and Raheny took place last night at Parnell Park, while the Round 3 fixtures then take place over the weekend from Friday to Sunday, Oliver Plunkett’s clash with Lucan Sarsfields in group 3 looks to be the pick of the bunch.

Elsewhere, John West Féile has given two Dublin GAA U-15 club sides the opportunity to showcase their talents at Croke Park and Thurles.

The events will take place later this month as part of the competition’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Naomh Mearnóg Ladies footballers from Portmarnock will represent the county in Croke Park on Sunday, October 24.

Teams from 32 counties were entered into a draw with the prize of a trip to play at GAA HQ in the celebratory event.

St Vincent’s hurlers have been invited to take part in a Thurles-based blitz on Thursday, October 28, with semi-finals and finals taking place at Semple Stadium. 

Read more in this weeks Dublin gazette out in stores now

John West, sponsors of the GAA’s annual Féile na nÓg (football) and Féile na nGael (camogie and hurling) competitions, says it was delighted to honour its pledge that no child would be left behind following the cancellation of last year’s events.

This year’s running of the competition saw it take place on a county basis in August, with the age-grade moving to under-15, ensuring children who missed out in 2020 got a chance to compete.

John West Féile has brought together thousands of young hurlers, camogie players and Gaelic footballers in a celebration of the GAA’s community ethos through underage competition.

This is the sixth year of John West’s sponsorship of what has grown to become one of the biggest underage sporting events in Europe.

“Féile highlights the importance of sport in children’s lives and that is something John West is truly passionate about,” said John West Ireland General Manager, Peter Rooney.

“The chance to play at Croke Park or Semple Stadium is an added element designed to once again allow clubs play against and foster links with teams in other counties and provinces.

“We pride ourselves on supporting children taking part in sport and make a conscious and continuous effort to highlight the importance of young people continuing to play into teenage and adult years.

“Féile give us the opportunity to highlight the importance of natural nutrition in children’s diets. The cancellation of the 2020 John West Féile due to Covid came as a big disappointment to hundreds of young footballers, hurlers and camogie players all over Ireland.

“But John West remains proud to promote the philosophy that every player should participate at a level fitting with their age, skills and strengths.”

According to Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Larry McCarthy, one of the great benefits of a lifetime involvement in the GAA is the friendships and memories made as a result.

“As a competition, Féile has been superb at living up to this from its very earliest days. To reach its 50th anniversary is a significant milestone and generations of players have experienced the joy of taking part.

All smiles: Naomh Olaf’s U-7 boys footballers were in top form as they took on neighbours Ballinteer St John’s in Marley Park. It was the 2014 Boys Academy’s first football blitz with seven teams playing three games each with great skills & talent on show from both sides and treats at the end!

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