One of the largest sporting events to take place in Northern Ireland this year has been officially launched at Belfast City Hall.
Queen’s GAA Festival, which runs from February 13 to March 22, is set to welcome over 12,000 people to the City, providing a major boost to the local economy.
as well as the hospitality and culture sectors.
In addition to the action on the pitch, the festival atmosphere will spread throughout Belfast, with a packed programme of health-related and cross-community events, including music, comedy nights and talks with well-known sports personalities.
The action begins on February 13 -16 with Camogie’s Ashbourne Cup, and will continue on February 20 - 22 with Gaelic Football’s Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup, Hurling’s Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup on February 27 – March 1, and Ladies Football’s O’Connor Cup on March 21 -22.
Queen’s is setting a precedent with the creation of the Festival, as no other university or college has ever hosted all four of the major higher education Gaelic Games tournaments in the same year.
The massive undertaking will see over 2,250 players battle it out at Queen’s world-class facility at Upper Malone in Belfast. Created as the result of a £13M redevelopment by the University, it allows all matches to be played on the one site.
Speaking at the launch of Queen’s GAA Festival, Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said, “Queen’s University have taken on a tremendous challenge in staging these four prestigious intervarsity competitions. The facilities at their disposal are world class and I am confident both players and spectators alike will be treated to an amazing experience. This festival proves once again that Belfast is one of the leading cities in hosting major sporting competitions.”