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About Féile

The John West Féile Peile na nÓg 2018 tournament is being hosted by Down, Louth & Meath on the weekend of Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July 2018.

Féile Peile na nÓg is a national festival of Gaelic football for boys and girls under 14 years of age.  It was first held in Cavan in 1982, with a total of 40 boy’s teams participating. Girls did not participate until 1994. In 2018 a total of 288 teams will take part in Féile Peile na nÓg – 176 boys’ teams and 112 girl’s teams. Féile Peile na nÓg involves the whole club, the whole community, our local schools, our referees, host families as well as social, cultural and civic authorities.

Féile is special and is one of the best weekends in the GAA calendar. This festival is about young people celebrating their love of Gaelic Games, bonding communities, allowing friendships to be made, providing educational opportunities and above all having fun.

Below are some of the actual facts associated with Féile Peile na nÓg, from these you can see how big the event actually is.

  • 288 Teams will take part in 2018 (176 Boys’ teams and 112 girls’ teams)
  • 6,912 players under 14 years participating
  • 1152 coaches and mentors guiding teams
  • 36 finals played across the three counties on the Sunday the 1st July
  • 144 referees required per day
  • 576 officials as umpires and lines-men
  • 80, 000 visitors to the area
  • 25,000 will attend finals
  • 216 busses will be used for the weekend
  • All accommodation in Down, Louth and Meath will be booked to capacity
  • €10,000,000 – value to the economy, which includes travel, accommodation, playing gear and food.
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