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Wednesday 16 October 2019

The GAA goes international

padraig byrne

Wexford GAA went international, as the county's hurling and football teams gained nearly 60 new fans from Spain and Italy. For the past month, Spanish and Italian students have been living with Wexford families and attending the Launguage Institute of Ireland with the hopes of improving their English. As well as developing their English however, the group of 54 students also developed a passion for the GAA.

'A number of the students attended the Leinster u21 final in Wexford park recently,' said Niall Wall, Programme Manager at the Language Institute of Ireland. 'They were absolutely blown away by it. After the game they were down celebrating with everyone on the pitch and they got to meet some of the players and coaches. They loved it. Seeing how much they enjoyed it, we decided to have George O'Connor and Dave Guiney up to the pitch at the back of the CBS to show them a few basic skills and teach them about GAA.'

The students had a great afternoon, and who better to show them the ropes than two Wexford greats! George and Dave imparted their years of knowledge of sport upon the youngsters and encouraged them to maintain their interest and search out their nearest GAA club when they return to their home countries.

'It's safe to say Wexford managed to get 54 new supporters out of it anyway,' said Niall. 'They're gone back to Spain and Italy with Wexford, flags, jerseys, scarves and everything else you can imagine!'

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