All systems go for feast of football
All is in readiness now for the first-ever staging of the national Féile Peil na nOg in Wexford after G.A.A. President Aogán O Fearghail visited the county for the official launch on Wednesday.
There was a capacity attendance at the event in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, while a carnival atmosphere prevailed earlier in the day when a host of players and officials visited the primary schools all over the county to pass on the Féile message.
The figures for the event are impressive, with 156 boys' teams, 74 girls' teams, ten boys' divisions and 20 finals in all, six of which will be held in Wexford. There is a cup and shield for each division, and every team is guaranteed to play six matches.
The event, sponsored by Irish Pride, will be held on the weekend of June 26-28 and jointly hosted by Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow. The updated divisions are as follows -
Division 1 boys
Naomh Eanna and St. Mary's, Athenry (Galway); Horeswood and Dublin; St. Martin's and Longstone (Down), Ballinastragh Gaels and Balyna (Kildare); Bray Emmets (Wicklow) and New York; Eire Og (Carlow) and Ballinascarthy (Cork); St. Nicholas (Wicklow) and Austin Stacks (Kerry); Fenagh (Carlow) and Derry.
Division 2 boys
Shelmaliers and St. Paul's (Laois); Starlights and Patrick Sarsfields (Antrim); Sarsfields and Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo); Gusserane and Ardboe (Tyrone); Baltinglass (Wicklow) and Galbally (Limerick); Clonmore (Carlow) and Ratoath (Meath); Miseal (Carlow) and Clann Eireann (Armagh); Tinahely (Wicklow) and St. Eunan's (Donegal).
Division 3 boys
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and Tipperary; Blackwater and Dublin 2; Ferns St. Aidan's and South London; Castletown and Cavan; St. Patrick's (Wicklow) and Killoe Og (Longford); Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow) and Ferbane-Belmont (Offaly); An Tochar (Wicklow) and Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan); Michael Davitts (Wicklow) and Westmeath.
Division 4 boys
St. Anne's and Passage West (Cork); St. John's Volunteers and Tubbercurry/Cloonacool (Sligo); Taghmon-Camross and St. Mary's, Ardee (Louth); Crossabeg-Ballymurn and Enniskillen Gaels (Fermanagh); Burren Rangers (Carlow) and North London; Eire Og, Greystones (Wicklow) and St. Brigid's (Roscommon); Rathvilly (Carlow) and Ennistymon (Clare); Carnew Emmets (Wicklow) and Ballinacourty (Waterford).
Division 5 boys
Glynn-Barntown and St. Gabriel's, Kilconnell (Galway); Monageer-Boolavogue and Donaghmoyne (Monaghan); St. James' and Eadestown (Kildare); Craanford and Newry Shamrocks (Down); Shamrocks and Derry 2; St. Kevin's (Wicklow) and Cookstown (Tyrone); Newtown (Wicklow) and St. Patrick's, Blennerville (Kerry); Blessington (Wicklow) and Ardnaree Sarsfields (Mayo).
Division 6 boys
Cloughbawn and St. Mary's, Kiltoghert (Leitrim); Adamstown and Dublin 3; St. Patrick's and St. Broughan's (Offaly); HWH-Bunclody and Seneschalstown (Meath); Duffry Rovers and Clonaslee St. Manman's (Laois); Avondale (Wicklow) and O'Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny); Tinryland (Carlow) and Erin's Own, Cargin (Antrim); St. Patrick's, Tullow (Carlow) and Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal).
Division 7 boys
Kilrush and Kilpeacon (Limerick); St. Joseph's and Clondegad (Clare); Réalt na Mara and Carrick Sarsfields (Longford); St. Mary's, Maudlintown and Ilen Rovers (Cork); Rathnew (Wicklow) and Tempo (Fermanagh); Muinebheag (Carlow) and Eastern Harps (Sligo); O'Hanrahan's (Carlow) and Silverbridge (Armagh); Ashford (Wicklow) and Allen Gaels (Leitrim).
Division 8 boys
Ballyhogue and Pádraig Pearses (Roscommon); Davidstown-Courtnacuddy and Clan na Gael (Louth); Clongeen and Tipperary 2; Bray Emmets (Wicklow) and Oldcastle (Meath); Palatine (Carlow) and Warwickshire; Arklow Geraldines (Wicklow) and Gloucestershire; Stratford-Grangecon (Wicklow) and Cavan 2; Coolkenno (Wicklow) and Lancashire.
Division 9 boys
Kilmore and San Francisco; Clonard and Breaffy (Mayo); St. Fintan's and Yorkshire; Fethard and Scotland; St. Mary's, Rosslare and Philadelphia; Bannow-Ballymitty and Westmeath 2; Buffers Alley and De La Salle (Waterford); Derry Gaels (Wicklow) and Hertfordshire.
Division 10 boys
Oylegate-Glenbrien and Tourlestrane (Sligo); Marshalstown-Castledockrell and St. Dominic's (Roscommon); Oulart-The Ballagh and Ballinamore Seán O'Heslin's (Leitrim); Geraldine O'Hanrahans and Graiguecullen (Laois); Kildavin-Clonegal (Carlow) and Kinconly (Galway); St. Mullins (Carlow) and Hertfordshire 2.
Division 1 girls
Kilmore and Meath; Horeswood and Tipperary; St. Martin's and Monaghan; Taghmon-Camross and Laois; Shelmalier and Cavan.
Division 2 girls
St. Anne's and Kerry; Crossabeg-Ballymurn and Limerick; St. James' and Clare; HWH-Bunclody and Galway; Blackwater and Kildare.
Division 3 girls
Sarsfields and Waterford; Castletown and Meath 2; Volunteers and Kilkenny; Glynn-Barntown and Westmeath.
Division 4 girls
St. Fintan's and Cavan 2; Kilanerin and Derry; Réalt na Mara and Longford; Bannow-Ballymitty and Cork; Gusserane and Dublin.