Louth will be represented by two clubs in next month’s Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé 2020 in Kerry with Hunterstown Rovers and Na Piarsaigh set to head south towards the Dingle Peninsula for the 31st edition of the international tournament.
Representatives from both clubs were present at Ballyboden St Enda’s GFC last week for the official launch of this year’s tournament, where they were joined by Pádraig Óg Ó Sé and GAA luminaries such as Kerry’s Tommy Walsh, 10-time All-Ireland winner Valerie Mulcahy, legendary broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and former Galway Manager John O’Mahony.
The two Louth clubs make up part of 36 mens and womens teams that have entered the tournament – from across Ireland and elsewhere, including teams from Edinburgh, London and Los Angeles.
Both Hunterstown and Na Piarsaigh will compete in the Intermediate section, with four other teams from Kerry, Cavan and Sligo – Listry, Castlegregory, Knockbride and St Johns.
The festival, founded by Kerry iconic footballer Páidi Ó Sé, has attracted over 16,000 club players over 31 years and has grown into a major international GAA event with senior, intermediate and junior competitions as well as teams attending social events at Comórtas HQ, Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry, Co. Kerry.
The inclusion of Hunterstown and Na Piarsaigh is the first time a Louth team has been invited to participate since 2017, when Stabannon Parnells Ladies participated in the Women’s Junior section. The last time a men’s team from Louth was invited to take part was in 2016 when Dundalk Gaels and Ardee St Marys took part.