2,000 camogie players and hurlers to take part in John West GAA Féile na nGael finals
Eighty club sides from Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US will compete in the John West GAA Féile na nGael National Camogie and Hurling Finals 2022 across ten venues in Dublin and Meath on Saturday.
What has grown to become one of the biggest underage sporting events in Europe is once more returning to regional venues for its final stages this year - for the first time since the pandemic.
Close to 2,000 camogie players and hurlers will descend on the GAA’s National Games Development Centre at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown as well as UCD, Belfield and Westmanstown in Dublin and Donaghamore Ashbourne, Boardsmill, Dunganny, Kildalkey, Kiltale, St Peter’s Dunboyne and St Patrick’s Stamullen (all Meath).
John West says it is delighted by the return of the Féile na nGael National Camogie and Hurling Finals to regional venues.
Throughout its sponsorship, John West has focused on the importance nutrition plays in fuelling young athletes, whilst encouraging children to participate in Gaelic games.
John West GAA Féile retained the move to the under-15 age grade in 2022, introduced last year to ensure children who missed out due to the pandemic in 2020 got a chance to compete in 2021. Rounders and handball also made a return to John West Féile this year.
This is the seventh year of John West’s sponsorship of Féile, which brings together thousands of young hurlers, camogie players and Gaelic footballers in a celebration of the GAA’s community ethos through underage competition.
“At John West we are passionate about establishing good nutritional habits amongst children. Féile gives us the opportunity to highlight the importance of eating good quality natural protein and vitamin D to support an active lifestyle,” said Anne-Claire Monde, Head of Marketing, John West Ireland.
Uachtarán CLG, Larry McCarthy, said Féile has been an integral part of the GAA calendar for 50 years.
“It nurtures a love of our games and ensures friendship and memories are among the key benefits of involvement in the GAA. Generations have experienced the joy of being a part of Féile na nGael and Féile Peil na nÓg, and I look forward to seeing this great success story continue in all our clubs.
“Our thanks to John West for the support they give us in the promotion of this iconic competition and to the national organising committee for their work on John West Féile 2022.”
Hilda Breslin, Uachtarán, An Cumann Camógaíochta, said Féile na nGael is, for many players, their first time to compete in a national competition.
“I know their experience will be positive and inclusive and pay tribute to the volunteers who make such a valuable contribution.”