Council and GAA unite in promotional venture
Published 16/06/2015 | 00:00
Officials of Wexford and Leinster G.A.A. were at the Council headquarters in Carriglawn recently as Wexford County Council announced details of its partnership with the G.A.A. to promote hurling and football throughout Wexford as a means of combating social exclusion and promoting community endeavour.
The partnership mirrors the Council's existing partnerships with the F.A.I. and with Leinster Rugby. Organised through the Sports Active department of Wexford County Council, this new programme will see Wexford G.A.A. working with the Council to bring G.A.A. activities to targeted areas of the county that currently do not have a strong tradition of access to G.A.A. sports.
Proudly displayed at the launch were the much-coveted trophies, the Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups, kindly made available by Wexford and Leinster G.A.A. Many loyal supporters of both codes expressed the hope that one if not both of these monuments of Irish culture will make a return visit to Wexford in September.
Noting that more than 3,000 children will take part in the Wexford Cúl Camps this summer, G.A.A. officials paid tribute to Wexford County Council, describing the pro-active approach to sport as highly significant in the encouragement of sports participation in the county.
Later this month more than 200 teams and some 20,000 visitors are expected to visit Wexford as South Leinster hosts the national Féile Peil na nÓg finals.
The competition will bring a welcome boost to the hospitality sector in the region and to County Wexford in particular, with many hotels already reporting full occupancy for this exciting weekend of sport.