Minister Alan Kelly, who helped launch the Thurles International Hurling Festival in Croke Park on Sunday night, stated that event would be “fantastic”, with huge potential.
The event will take place over Munster Final weekend on July 13th and 14th
‘I am delighted to see this festival growing again this year and want to congratulate Thurles Sarsfields and their committee on the initiative they had to set it up.
To have an international hurling tournament as well as European competitions from clubs all over the world really showcases the far reaching capacity of hurling.
The festival will also showcase ‘Hurl Ball’ and ‘Caman Abu’ which shows how hurling is diversifying and encouraging more and more people to participate.
It will be a fantastic event, with huge potential and I hope to see more than a thousand extra people coming to Thurles on Munster hurling final weekend.
I was happy to help the committee receive funding earlier on this year and believe this will be a ground breaking year for the festival given that Thurles is the 2012 European Town of Sport”, he said.