Tuesday 17 September 2019

Féile draws near

Festival of football at end of month

Niall Carroll, Paddy Somers, Christian Burnett and Fintan Walsh from Geraldine O’Hanrahans at the national Féile launch
Niall Carroll, Paddy Somers, Christian Burnett and Fintan Walsh from Geraldine O’Hanrahans at the national Féile launch
Darragh Kehoe, Robert Kemp and Justin Kemp from Clonard at the national Féile launch
National President Aogán O Fearghail at the official launch

There are just two and a half weeks to go until Wexford, in conjunction with neighbours Carlow and Wicklow, host the annual Féile Peil na nOg, a competition that brings together a smattering of Under-14 teams from all around the country, plus several from even further afield.

The June 26-28 Festival of Football will see clubs from all 32 counties as well as teams from the regions of New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia in the United States, plus sides from North and South London, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Hertfordshire and Scotland in the United Kingdom, descend on the south of Leinster.

In Division 1 Wexford are represented in Group A by Naomh Eanna, who host Galway club St. Mary's (Athenry) and also play Bray Emmets and New York in Páirc Uí Shíocháin. In Group B, Horeswood will face off against Cork side Ballinascarthy, Eire Og from Carlow as well as the Dublin club they host, Templeogue Synge Street.

Piercestown holds just one St. Martin's game in Group C, their tie against the club they host, Longstone from Down. They travel to Fenagh to play the Carlow boys as well as Derry outfit Eoghan Rua. In Group D

Ballinstragh Gaels host Balyna of Kildare as and travel to Dunlavin to face St, Nicholas and Kerry club Austin Stacks.

The top two teams in each group move into the tournament quarter-finals while the third- and fourth-placed clubs drop into the shield competition. The semi-finals and final of the Division 1 competition are slated to take place at the new Ferns Centre of Excellence which is not scheduled to be officially opened until July 25.

In Division 2 Group A, Shelmaliers host games against Galbally (Limerick), St. Paul's (Laois) and Baltinglass from neighbouring Wicklow. Starlights entertain Ratoath from Meath, Clonmore (Carlow) and Patrick Sarsfields (Antrim). Clann Eireann (Armagh), Myshall (Carlow) and Castlebar Mitchels all visit Sarsfields in Páirc Charman in Group C.

In Group D Ardboe from Tyrone, Tinahely from Wicklow and Donegal lads St. Eunan's all visit Gusserane.

The quarter-finals of Division 2 will be played in Páirc Charman but the last four clashes and the final move to Ballinakill near Rathdrum.

Rathgarogue-Cushinstown host St. Patrick's of Wicklow, Killoe Og of Longford and Tipperary club Durlas Og in Division 3 Group A. In Group B Blackwater are hosting Ferbane-Belmont (Offaly), Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow) and Raheny (Dublin).

Ferns St. Aidan's are the Wexford reps in Group C, and they play An Tochar from Wicklow, Castleblayney from Monaghan and South London. Cavan Gaels are the only club visiting Castletown in Group D, as the north Wexford side must travel to Ballinanranna in Carlow to play home side Michael Davitts, as well as Coralstown-Kinnegad from Westmeath.

All in all there are ten boys' divisions with Wexford represented in all but two groups. The occasion is so special for the county that even Oulart-The Ballagh are fielding a team in the big ball game in Division 10.

In the girls' competition there are five different divisions. There are five clubs from the county represented in Division 1 and they are led in Group A by Shelmalier. The Over The Water side host Armagh Harps, Crosserlough of Cavan and Tinahely of Wicklow.

In Group 2, Taghmon-Camross and Horeswood are joined by Aherlow (Tipperary) and Portlaoise.

Kilmore are the Wexford reps. in Group C and they host Offaly club Naomh Ciarán, Wicklow outfit St. Patrick's and Meath side Royal Gaels.

St. Martin's round out the Slaneyside clubs in Division 1 and they face Cill Iseal (Tyrone), Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) and Arklow Geraldines.

In the other four divisions Wexford are represented by 14 more clubs.

Wexford People

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