Sinn Féin councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the unanimous backing received for a Sinn Fein proposal at committee this week for council to support the upcoming GAA Féile na nÓg which will be held across Tyrone, Derry and Donegal in June this year. He said it was only right that an event which is expected to bring over 25,000 visitors to the city and which will raise the profile of Gaelic Games across the North-West should be supported.
He said “Along with my party colleague Ruairi McHugh I recently met with GAA officials who outlined their plans for the Féile na nÓg which will take place between 26th-28th June this year. The event involves under 14 male and female players from GAA clubs based across the globe competing against local teams in club grounds across Tyrone, Derry and Donegal. The competitors are also hosted by the families of local club members.
“When the event was held in Derry in 2010 and 2013 it attracted thousands of GAA fans who stayed in local tourist accommodation which obviously provided a massive boost to our local economy. Given that previous Féiles were supported by the former Derry City Council and the City of Culture Company, I felt it was only right and proper that our new council should also explore how they can do the same for this years event. Therefore I am delighted that our proposal for council officers to meet with the GAA to have further discussions received unanimous support at council committee this week.
“I look forward to the proposal being ratified at Februarys full council meeting and seeing further progress in the weeks ahead. I would also urge all local GAA fans to show their support by turning out in their droves for the Féile matches in June”
Notes:Full details on this years event can be found at:https://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/getting-involved/feile-peile-na-nog