London GAA clubs braced for second World Games in Dublin

London GAA clubs braced for second World Games in Dublin

SIX clubs from London will participate in the second GAA World Games, which begins on Sunday, August 7.

Following the success of the inaugural tournament in Abu Dhabi last year, the numbers involved have tripled as four codes of Gaelic games will be played during an entire week of festivities.

Croydon, Fr Murphy’s, Tara, Thomas McCurtains, Tir Chonaill Gaels and Parnells will all participate, with over 1,200 players expected to turn out from around the globe.

Clubs will arrive from Australia, China and Argentina – to name only a few – with 56 teams from 25 countries expected to turn out at UCD’s Belfield campus.

The GAA will host the visiting teams in a grand opening ceremony at Croke Park before Sunday's All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final between Kilkenny and Waterford.

More than 500 games will follow over the course of the week, with the finals being held at Croke Park.

Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán CLG, said: “The success of last year’s Etihad Airways GAA World Games in Abu Dhabi is still fresh in the memory and everyone involved in the GAA is very eager to see that we continue to develop this exciting initiative”.