THIS year marks the 50th anniversary of the Féile na nGael competition.
Due to Covid restrictions, the 2020 Féile was cancelled, while Cork successfully hosted the hurling and camogie tournament the year before.
Nothing of that scale will be feasible this year, with underage players, outside of the six counties, only returning to non-contact training from Monday. Wexford had been due to stage the hurling and camogie this summer, with Donegal, Derry and Tyrone picked to share the football equivalent but it will now be held on the last two weekends in August, in-county, not nationally.
It will be up to Rebel Óg to decide on a format for the event on August 21 and August 28 which will cater to all the clubs in Cork.
The hugely popular competition has also moved up an age from U14 to U15, which reflects national policy to make U13, U15 and U17 the key grades for teens, instead of U14, U16 and U18. The shift also gives those who missed out in 2020 a chance to participate.
The Féile was established in 1971 in Thurles, with the aim of increased youth participation in GAA and founded by Tipperary county secretary Tommy Barrett, former GAA President Seamus Ó Riain and tourism officer for North Tipperary, Eamon De Stafford.
Now Tommy Barrett junior is looking for anyone with memorabilia through the years, pictures, programmes and more, to contact him via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Féile has grown from strength to strength over the years and is a highlight in the GAA calendar each year. Féile is probably the most prestigious competition at underage level and it is a great honour for counties to host.”