December 3, 2023

Dungloe noticed a first-of-its-kind Gaeltacht hurling competitors happen over the weekend, with groups from Donegal, Derry and Mayo collaborating.

The inaugural Comórtas Iomána na Gaelige noticed ten groups in motion within the all-Irish language match, which was labelled an enormous success by its organisers, who say it’s the first hurling match for groups from Gaeltacht areas or who want to promote the Irish language.

Two of the match’s Coordinators, Cormac Hartnett and Daithi Roberts, mentioned the concept for the Irish language hurling match took place as Gaeltacht hurling golf equipment felt they wanted a nationwide platform to showcase the excellent work that Gaeltacht areas are doing to advertise hurling and the Irish language.

“There are at the very least ten Gaeltacht hurling golf equipment up and operating now in Gaeltacht areas they usually simply wished a possibility to play hurling with one another and promote the Irish language.” “We’ve got a brand new Oifigeach Pleanála Teanga right here in Dungloe and when she heard about our plans to advertise the language and to host the primary ever Comórtas Iomána na Gaeilge match in our personal membership she was delighted to again and help the initiative. That was the catalyst that we actually wanted to roll up our sleeves and make it occur,” they mentioned.

Brendan Boyle of Forbairt na Rosann presenting the Pleanail Teanga na Rosann trophy to the CLG An Clochan Liath captain Brendan Boyle.

Daithi and Cormac additionally mentioned that the match required an enormous quantity of organisation to happen:

“We had about twenty 5 individuals on the committee from the beginning and we met frequently, planning all the pieces from lodging, meals, an official programme for the weekend, media publicity, sponsorship, leisure even all the way down to medals and plaques for every staff.  Wanting again now, lots of people mentioned we had been loopy and that groups wouldn’t journey however we knew that if all the pieces was carried out accurately and that if the main target and ethos of the match was appropriate then individuals would purchase into the idea and that’s precisely what occurred final week.”

James O Hagan (Vice President of CLG An Clochan Liath) presenting the cup for Staff of the match to Lochrann O Donnghaile of Ghaeil Dhoire.

The match additionally noticed some recently-formed groups make the journey to Dún na nGall, together with a staff consisting of Irish-speaking hurlers from south Derry, in addition to the Gaeltacht Iorrais membership from north Mayo which had solely been fashioned in February of the yr.

Gamers from Gaeltacht Iorrais in Mayo, who made the lengthy journey to Dungloe for the match.

Gaeltacht Iorrais Chairperson Ciaran Ó hEadhra mentioned that they simply needed to come and help Dungloe within the new enterprise: “When the soccer Comórtas was based again within the late 60’s our native membership CLG Bhéal an Mhuirthead was one of many first golf equipment to get on board so after we heard a few Comórtas Iomána we mentioned right away that the hurlers from the identical space would do likewise and be concerned from the very begin. To be sincere, it was a superb weekend. Enormous credit score should go to Dungloe GAA for having the braveness to run with the concept.  Our lads totally loved the weekend, the hurling was nice, we spoke loads of Irish and we will definitely be again.”

Gael Doire Theas, the Derry staff who travelled to Dungloe for Comórtas Iomána na Gaeilge.

The staff that travelled from Derry, Gaeil Dhoire Theas, was an amalgamation of hurlers from south Derry who all converse Irish and wished to assist help the concept. Their chief Pádraig Ó Mianáin mentioned the match was a superb thought.

“A match like this one bonds hurlers and Irish audio system collectively and that was very evident over the previous weekend.  A match like Comórtas Iomána na Gaeilge creates a neighborhood and it retains them collectively.  This weekend has introduced our personal staff nearer collectively and we definitely have made new pals.  We’re simply so grateful that we had been invited to partake. I hope it will get the help it deserves and that it grows and expands much more within the years to come back.”

The Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn staff who took half within the match.

The An Clochan Liath staff that defended their house floor throughout Comórtas Iomána na Gaeilge.

The match organisers say that TG4 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta have already proven an curiosity within the match and they’re hopeful they may broadcast the finals dwell within the not too distant future.

Daithí Rogers as talked about above, is from Gaoth Dobhair GAA and mentioned that everybody is speaking concerning the lack of funding and help for the so-called weaker hurling counties.  “This match is a superb instance of what could be achieved whenever you get the fitting individuals concerned with the fitting imaginative and prescient and drive.  I hope Croke Park takes discover as I’m satisfied this match has a fantastic future if it will get the fitting help,” he mentioned.

Native Dungloe camogie volunteer Ramona Uí Scanláin mentioned internet hosting the primary ever Comórtas Iomána na Gaeilge in Dungloe would encourage the following technology of younger hurlers and camogie gamers within the area.  “Younger camogie gamers and hurlers in our membership can now see the alternatives which are out there for them in the event that they proceed to play the sport.  Bringing sport and the Irish language collectively on this enjoyable manner is such a constructive factor for younger individuals to see,” she mentioned.

First Gaeltacht hurling competitors in Dungloe an enormous success was final modified: October twenty sixth, 2023 by Workers Author