Record smashed as 31 teams head for Ireland in July
The 2016 record entry of 14 teams will more than double as 31 teams from Europe have entered the 3rd edition of the GAA World Games, sponsored by RENAULT, which takes place in Ireland between July 29 and August 2. Europe will be represented in every category with 10 teams representing specific countries/regions (Brittany, France, Galicia, Gascony, Germany and Italy) as well as 21 teams composed of 300+ players from clubs across the continent who applied to play before last week’s deadline.
According to GGE chairman, Tony Bass, ‘the most pleasing aspect of this news is that over 70% of our teams will be composed of indigenous players reflecting the tremendous growth in the number of native born Gaelic footballers, hurlers and camogs across Europe”.
There will be 22 teams composed of ‘Non-Irish’ born players with another nine teams of mostly ‘Irish born’ players (‘non-Irish born’ players can also play in these categories). The largest European contingent will be in the men’s football competitions with 13 teams who will be joined by 11 ladies football teams, 4 hurling and 3 camogie teams.
Teams will initially be based in Waterford city with the official opening parade through the city taking place on Sunday, July 28th. Group games and knockout stages will be played from Monday to Thursday at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) campus. The action then moves to Dublin where the top two teams in each category will contest ‘Cup’ finals in Croke Park on Friday (Aug 2).
Keep up with the latest team news and competition updates here and across GGE social media channels over the coming months!