Newbridge Sarsfield Ladies will line out for the 30th anniversary of the Lidl Comortas Peile Paidi O Se 2019, with 44 adult men's and ladies club teams descending on the rugged Dingle Peninsula from 15th to 17th February.
The Kildare ladies will have stiff opposition in the eight team senior ladies' competition including 2018 Comortas champions Ballyboden St. Enda’s along with Thomas Davis, 2018 Leitrim senior champions St. Joseph's, Templeport St. Aidan’s and Mullahron of Cavan as well as Mayo’s Burrishoole and Louisburgh.
Left Image: Sarsfields GAA Club Senior Players Noelle Earley and Eimear Dempsey, with Padraig Og O Se and Michael Collins from Lidl
The football festival, which is supported by Lidl Ireland, EJ Menswear.com, Kerry County Council Tourism Unit and Lee Strand Milk, was officially launched at an event last week by former Kerry great Kieran Donaghy and Dublin ladies star and holder of three senior All-Irelands Lyndsey Davey, and which was also attended by members of the Newbridge Sarsfileds team.
The festival, founded by Kerry iconic footballer Paidi O Se, has attracted over 15,000 club players over 30 years and has grown into a major international GAA event with senior, intermediate and junior competitions as well as teams attending cultural and social events at Comortas HQ, Paidi O Se’s pub in Ventry, Co. Kerry.
The football festival will also host nightly free music and entertainment which is open to the general public and a Saturday Night Players Banquet at the Comórtas marquee at Paidi O Se’s pub in Ard a' Bhothair , Ventry
Comortas Chairman Paidi Og O Se said, ‘We are delighted with the response to our 30th anniversary Comortas with 17 counties represented, the largest amount in our history. We thank our UK GAA friends with five traveling teams and indeed Dubai Celts who are making the longest journey of all. The support of local host clubs is crucial in ensuring we can maintain such a high number of teams and we thank them for their co-operation. Local partners Lee Strand Milk and Kerry County Council Tourism Unit are backing us also to continue with the Comortas, which has become a big benefit in terms of local tourism. We are also delighted that EJMenswear.com of Sligo, who are related to the O Se family as well as Lidl Ireland are back to help make this event happen.
Michael Collins, Regional manager, Lidl Ireland said” "We are delighted to continue our partnership with this year’s Comortas Peile Paidi O Se. Our store teams in Dingle and Tralee are proud to support the Comortas Peile Paidi O Se and we are all looking forward to the festival of Gaelic Football ahead."
For a programme of events and a full list of teams visit www.Paidiose.com
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Dermot Earley with Siun O’Se, Padraig Og O Se and member of the Defence Forces.
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