Dicksboro claim glory at John West Feile na nGael
The John West Féile na nGael National tournaments were held in Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford this weekend, from the June 16-18. The 2017 tournament represents the largest ever Féile tournaments to date with; 88 host teams, matched with 88 visiting teams in the boys Hurling tournament, and 56 host and visiting team pairings in the girls Camogie tournament.
Dicksboro from Kilkenny defeated Clare's Sixmilebridge in the Division 1 decider.
Dicksboro (Kilkenny) 2-3 Sixmilebridge (Clare) 0-1
Division 1 Shield
James Stephens (Kilkenny) 2-3 Craughwell (Galway) 0-4
This is the second year that John West have sponsored the underage sports tournament which is one of the biggest tournaments of its kind. As part of their Féile activation campaign in 2017, John West released a series of videos featuring John West Ambassadors Philly McMahon, Dublin Senior Footballer and Lee Chin, Wexford Senior Hurler on their favourite personal memories of Féile.
Peter Rooney, Country Manager at John West Ireland said: “John West is delighted to be involved in the games again this year. We would like to congratulate the winners from this week-ends games . It’s clear which much training and commitment was put in by all partaking teams which should be equally acknowledged.”
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GAA President, Aogán O Fearghail said: “The John West Féile competitions bring out the best in everyone involved from the hosts, players, match officials and everyone who took part in organising this fantastic festival of Gaelic Games this weekend. The efforts of people locally in Kilkenny, Wexford and Carlow is to be commended, while I'd also like to thank sponsors John West Ireland for their support.”
"Finally, the stars of Féile are the players themselves. 'Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí' is a famous proverb we have in the Irish language and it typifies the spirit of Féile, which is that participation is the key and leads to great enjoyment."
Féile provides an opportunity for:
• Under-14 players to participate in an annual competition of Hurling/Camogie, Handball, Rounders and Gaelic Football/Ladies Gaelic football;
• Clubs to experience playing against teams from other Counties/Provinces;
• Clubs to foster links with other Clubs in other Counties/Provinces;
• Counties to celebrate Gaelic games by acting as hosts; and
• John West sampling across both weekends.
The upcoming John West Féile Peile na nÓg tournaments will be held in Cavan, Fermanagh and Monaghan from June 23-25.