FOXROCK-Cabinteely senior ladies will once again join over 1,300 Gaelic footballers to compete in the 25th anniversary year of the PhoneWatch Comortas Peile Paidi O Se 2014, with over 40 adult men’s and ladies’ club teams descending on the rugged Dingle Peninsula from all over Ireland, as well as from across Europe and the USA from February 21 to 23.
]The Kilbogget Park club, who lost the final last year, will be up against the champions Carnacon of Mayo along with Timahoe of Laois and three Kerry sides; Na Gaeil of Tralee, Southern Gaels of South Kerry and Scartaglin from mid Kerry.
It starts their season with a bang as the club look to bounce back after a low-key title defence of the senior championship they won in 2012.
They bowed out in the group stages in 2013 but Sinead Goldrick, recently appointed again as the Dublin senior captain, says that Foxrock are in much better shape to attack this season.
“Winning back the championship is the goal,” she told GazetteSport recently. “We have a few girls back like Amy Ring and Fiona Claffey who were travelling last year. There were four or five players who went away to America who are now back and have committed to being in Dublin. So we would now have a very strong panel compared to last year so hopefully we are on track.”
This tournament will be a key part in getting them up and running and will be a high quality affair. The Comortas was officially launched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, in Dublin recently and continues to draw the crowds with almost 10,000 club players taking part over 25 years.
It has grown into a major international GAA event with senior, intermediate and junior clubs travelling from over 10 counties as well as Boston, London, Manchester and Brussels this year.
To mark the 25th anniversary, the four original senior men’s club teams from the first tournament back in 1989 will once again compete, West Kerry’s An Gaeltacht and Dingle clubs, Cork’s Ballincollig and Galway’s An Cheathru Rua
Padraig Og O Se said of the event: “The Comortas has grown beyond our Dad’s wildest dreams. We are delighted it continues to attract clubs from all over the world. It sends a positive message to young people about the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.
“We are also also flattered that a local committee has been set up to perpetuate his memory in the form of a monument for his contribution to Irish life.”