04 Jul 2012 | hill16.ie
This coming weekend will see Dublin host the All-Ireland Féile na nGael for the first time since 1983.
More than 5,000 children will be taking part in the games from 32 counties, plus representativesides from Warwickshire in Englands West Midlands. As well as the players themselves, it is thought that each team will have an average of 100 people following them between back-room teams, family members and other supporters.
There will be no fewer than six divisions up for grabs in hurling and five in camogie in almost 60 venues. The weekend officially gets under way when the players will be addressed by Presidents of Cuman Luthchleas Gael, Camogie Association and Handball Association followed by the Féile na nGael parade which leaves Croke Park at 7.15 on Thursday evening and goes to OConnell Street where there will be a special viewing stand in place.
The players will be joined by the Artane Band, Mullingar Marching Band, St Marys Brass and Reed Band Cavan, Clara Town Band, St Marys Brass and Reed Band Maynooth, Clondalkin Youth Band, St Brigids Pipe Band, Masamba Samba School and the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band.
What makes this occasion extra special is that, for the first time in the competitions history, Croke Park will play host to Saturdays hurling finals from Division one to four.
The remaining finals will take place in Parnell Park, while the handball competition will be held in City West where there are newly built facilities in place as they prepare to host the Wo rld Handball Championships later this year.
Because Dublin are the hosts, every club in the county is given the honour of participating. St Brigids will be attempting to complete a unique double having claimed the football title in Laois and Offaly less than two weeks ago.
People can follow the fortunes of their teams via the website, http://www.dublinfeile2012.gaa.ie, and on the Dublin Féile Na nGael2012 Facebook page.
9.00am 40 X 20 Handball Skills City West.
9.30am First Handball Match Host Team v Visiting Team.
2pm First Hurling Match Host Team v Visiting Team.
2pm First Camogie Match Host Team v Visiting Team.
5.30pm Te ams assemble in Croke Park (Hogan Stand side) for Parade. Host and visiting teams will be placed side by side. Address by Presidents of Cuman Lúthchleas Gael, Camogie Association and Handball Association.
7.15pm Parade begins. Review Stand OConnell Street.
9pm After parade all teams proceed to their buses and return to host club.
10am Hurling and camogie second round matches, with last match at 1.30pm. Please note there will be 4 matches per venue.
10am Handball Boys and Girls (40 X 20) and (60 X 30).
12pm Hurling Skills.
2pm Camogie Skills.
4.45pm Handball Final (City We st).
6.30pm 60 X 30 Handball skills Na Fianna GAA Club.
7pm Hurling and Camogie semi-finals.
10am Camogie Div4 final Parnell Park Hurling Div4 final Croke Park.
11am Camogie Div3 final Parnell Park Hurling Div3 final Croke Park.
12pm Camogie Div2 final Croke Park.
12.30pm Hurling Div6 final Parnell Park.
1pm Camogie Div1 final Croke Park.
1.30pm Hurling Div5 final Parnell Park.
2pm Hurling Div2 Final Croke Park.
3pm Hurling Div1 final Croke Park.