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Laois junior GAA clubs invited to take part in Netherlands tournament

Laois junior clubs invited to Holland

Calling all junior football clubs in Laois – fancy taking part in a tournament in Holland this March?

Den Haag GAA Club, the Netherlands, present their 12th Annual Gaelic Football 11 a-side Invitational for ladies and gents clubs.

Aimed at promoting GAA in Europe, The Hague (Den Haag – City of Peace and Justice) GAA club extends an invitation to all
Junior level Ladies and Gent’s teams on the weekend of the March 3 2018.

Club secretary Mary Gavan said: “If there are Junior level clubs in your county who would be interested in this, please let them know.

“Also, please inform clubs if members are coming to The Netherlands to live and work or study that we welcome them with open arms to join our club.

“There is no better opportunity to take a trip outside of Ireland, experience the delights of The Netherlands mixed in with a good day of GAA.

“Playing 11-a-side on rugby sized pitches, teams will battle it out in a series of group matches with the strongest teams contesting for the semi-finals and finals.

“Raheen’s GAA and Holland Ladies are hoping to defend their 2017 titles.

“A lunch pack as per European Board recommended standards will be available for players, mentors and supporters and will be handed out to a team representative during the day at a suitable break time for the players.

“6 Litre water packs will also be given out to each team at registration desk on arrival/registration of each team.

“Den Haag GAA club have established this event into a premier invitational tournament for visiting Irish and UK clubs.

“Your club can enjoy a full day of high quality sport followed by dinner, presentation ceremony and the best of Dutch night life.

“The Hague is easily accessible from Ireland at a very reasonable price from Dublin, Cork and Belfast.

“It is a 30 minute train ride from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport (from Dublin Ryanair, Aer Lingus and KLM and from Belfast Easy Jet) or 1.5 hours from Eindhoven airport (Ryanair from Dublin).

“At certain periods of the year there are flights also into Rotterdam/The Hague Airport from the UK – Easy Jet and Transavia and others.”

A dinner party will then take place after the champions have been crowned to celebrate.

She said: “This will be held in the city center.

“The venue organized for presentations and after party is
O’Casey’s Irish Bar. It is one of the best community bars in the World awarded recently in the Mansion House Dublin (Holland Ladies kit sponsor) and always willing to agree on special
prices for drinks on the night for our group.

“If clubs in Laois are interested in attending in 2018, please contact secretary.hague.europe@gaa.ie.”

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