Thursday 18 January 2018

Féile Peil was a big success

Brendan Furlong

Mairéad Roche of Kilmore at Convention with Siobhán White and Ger Doran (Craanford Fr. O'Regan's)
Mairéad Roche of Kilmore at Convention with Siobhán White and Ger Doran (Craanford Fr. O'Regan's)
Ken Rawson and Hilda Roche St.Anne's with Brian Furlong (Sarsfields)
Martina Fitzharris and Ciarán Breen from Bannow-Ballymitty
Wesley Kinsella and Jasser Kinsella of St.Joseph's with Trevor Doocey (St.Mary's, Maudlintown)

Coiste na nOg Secretary, Angela McCormack, hailed the successful hosting of Féile Peil na nOg 2015 in her annual report presented to the county Convention.

The weekend of June 24-26 saw some 156 boys' teams, 74 girls' teams, 5,500 players and an estimated 30,000 family, friends and supporters descend on the sunny south-east for the event which was hosted by Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow.

The Secretary wrote in her extensive report about the six finals played in Halo Tiles Centre of Excellence in Ferns as the inaugural games at the venue.

'It's difficult to beat teamwork as the basis of the success of any organisation. From the end of 2014, when the first Féile meeting took place in Bunclody, to the weekend of June 24-26, it was the teamwork of club Féile officials, team managers, groundsmen, club members and supporters, parents, host families, Coiste na nOg and adult management, ladies' football, referees, umpires, linesmen, sponsors and Féile organising committee that ensured the tremendous success of Féile na nOg in our county,' she wrote.

'As well as enjoying a great weekend, some of our young boys and girls had the added bonus of competing in finals.'

St. John's (Volunteers) won the boys' Division 4 shield final, and Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's won the boys' Division 9 shield final, with Castletown runners-up in the boys' Division 3 shield final, Cloughbawn runners-up in the boys' Division 6 shield final, and Bannow-Ballymitty won the girls' Division 4 shield final.

She also noted the achievement of Naomh Eanna who finished off the games in Wexford in a dramatic final against Austin Stacks (Kerry), losing the Division 1 final after extra-time.

She also congratulated Craanford on winning the boys' Division 7 cup final at the national Féile na nGael held in Ulster.

The Secretary's report also outlined that some 1,386 games, including 20 cup finals, 22 shield finals, and 24 Under-12 shield finals, were played.

However, she also referred to the crossover of players from Minor to adult which delayed the scheduling of some Minor fixtures. She hoped this would be avoided in future as the result of some motions before county Convention.

The successful hosting of the national Féile Peil was also lauded by County Chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, in his address to delegates.

He said it was a wonderful story, with the President of the G.A.A. having spoken to him on several occasions regarding its success.

He added that both Marguerite Furlong and Gerry Moran played huge and important roles, and their running of the weekend was absolutely flawless. Such was their professionalism that he has once again asked Marguerite to play a similar role for the Féile hurling in 2017, which she has accepted.

Regarding the Ferns Centre of Excellence, he said they had put in a lot of work in helping to bring it to fruition, having spent up to €1m to bring it across the line. He thanked Coiste na nOg for their contribution and also their Chairman, Bobby Goff, for his continued work and support for the project.

He also said that he would be dealing with the fixtures issue in his own report to the annual adult Convention when he will also be addressing the player burn-out issue. He said it also looks reasonably certain that Under-18 will be done away with within the next two years to be replaced by Under-17, freeing up students for their Leaving Certificate.

He once again thanked Coiste na nOg for their co-operation with the adult management, adding that they had worked very well together. He wished them well for 2016.

Wexford People

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