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Dubai Celts to host Sevens Gaelic tournament

posted on 23/01/2009: 2056 views



The Dubai Celts GAA Club, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free, will play host for the third year running, to the world's largest International Sevens Gaelic Football and Hurling Sevens Tournament at the new Emirates 7s Sports Complex, today and tomorrow.

This year's tournament has attracted a truly international spread of clubs.

Six clubs are from Ireland, one from Brussels and nine from Asia and the Middle East.

Up to 600 players will participate in the two day tournament which is proudly sponsored by Dubai Duty Free.

"The Gulf Gaelic Games 2007 and 2008 were a huge success and we expect this year's tournament to be bigger and better again.

"Not only is it a great opportunity for the Irish in Dubai to come together and get a feel for home; it is also an opportunity to showcase their unique games to the people of Dubai," said Colm McLoughlin, the president of the Dubai Celts and managing director of Dubai Duty Free.

"It helps to bring together cultures as well as encouraging Irish teams to visit and experience the warm Arabian hospitality and heritage," he added.

The tournament this year will see intense rivalry between established clubs from Ireland and Europe against the growing strength of clubs in the Middle East, including Dubai Celts.

Neutral and experienced referees flown from Ireland will guarantee fair play for all.

Ladies and gentlemen are catered for in equal measure as both actively participate in the Gaelic football and hurling competitions. Hurling is called Camogie when it is played by women.

Hurling is the oldest and fastest team field sport in the world and this year's tournament will feature an exhibition game to be played by 5th and 6th form students from Jumeirah College and Wellington International School, none of whom are Irish.

Some of these students only took up the game in the last eight weeks after being encouraged by their teacher and coach Danny Cotterell from Co. Kilkenny.

According to Danny his students have taken to hurling "like ducks to water". The youth of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain will also be in competition with all competing teams at the event and working hard to promote the future stars of GAA in the Gulf. – Gulf News

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