Preparations are well advanced at the Castleisland Desmonds Ladies GAA Club for the fast approaching John West Féile Peile na nÓg.
This is a club festival for Gaelic Football and Ladies Gaelic Football at U-14 level, involving teams from across the reach of the association.
The John West Féile na nGael National tournaments will be held in Kerry, West Limerick and West Cork on the weekend of 24th – 26th June 2016.
Féile provides an opportunity for: Under 14 players to participate in an annual festival of Hurling/Camogie, Handball and Gaelic Football/Ladies Gaelic Football; for clubs to experience playing against teams from other counties/provinces; for clubs to foster links with other clubs in other counties/provinces and counties to celebrate Gaelic games by acting as hosts.
A core aim of Féile tournaments is to promote a philosophy whereby every player has the opportunity to participate and play in their respective Féile tournament at a level commensurate to their age, skills and strengths.
Participation in the John West Féile na nÓg competitions is comprised of host and visiting teams. Host teams are drawn from the host region or counties Visiting teams participating at the National Finals of Féile na nÓg will be nominated by their county Bord na nÓg to represent their respective counties.
Both host clubs and visiting counties are graded into their respective divisions. Normally the identity of the visiting teams is determined by the results of internal Féile na nGael competitions, however, due to the level of interest from host clubs, each visiting county is usually asked to nominate two or three representatives. All overseas units are also asked to nominate representatives to take part at Féile. The event will be held from 24th to 26th of June.