John West Féile na nGael
The John West Féile na nGael is a Club festival for Hurling and Camogie at Under 15 level, involving teams from across the Association. The John West Féile na nGael National tournaments involve Hurling/Camogie, Rounders and Handball.
This year's Féile na nGael will be held on 21 August 2021
Féile provides an opportunity for:
- Under 14 players to participate in an annual Festival of Hurling/Camogie, Handball 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
A core aim of Féile tournaments is to promote a philosophy whereby every player has the opportunity to participate and play in their respective Féile tournament at a level commensurate to their age, skills and strengths.
John West Féile 2021 - How It Works
This year, the 2021 John West Féile is going to run a little different to previous years, as a result of COVID-19. The National U15 Competition will remain inside each County, with all counties encouraged to run a one-day Féile Competitions with Féile na nGael on Saturday August 21st and Féile Peil na nÓg on Saturday August 28th for the chance to be named 2021 County Féile Champion!
Given that this year is the 50th anniversary of Féile na nGael, we look forward to further celebrations in October to mark the occasion. In doing so the National Committee is working on a number of different initiatives.
- All clubs participating in the 2021 John West Féile will enter into a draw and have the chance to play in Croke Park, with games taking place over three days during the Halloween Break. All 32 counties will be represented: some in Hurling, some in Football, some in Camogie and some in Ladies Football.
- In addition, and to mark Tipperary hosting the first Féile na nGael 50 years ago, an invitational Féile will take place with invited representatives from Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford, and Wexford in Semple Stadium on Thursday October 28th to coincide with the eight teams that competed in the 1971 Division One Féile. In addition, Antrim, Derry, Down, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, and Westmeath will participate in a Division Two Féile na nGael competition.
As with the first Féile na nGael, the values of the competition still remain focused on participation, inclusion, and on making memories as together thousands of young hurlers, camogie players and Gaelic footballers will celebrate Féile na nGael reaching its 50th anniversary in 2021.