Dunboyne hurling club in Meath have accepted an invitation to participate in the Thurles Sarsfields International Thirteens Hurling Festival on Munster Hurling final week-end.
The club, for whom former Sarsfields player Sean Callanan is a stalwart member, have stepped into the breach following the late withdrawal of the Brussels team due to circumstances outside everyone’s control.
Dunboyne will now play in Group two in the festival following the draws made at the launch of the event. They are joined by Kilburn Gaels (London), Na Magha (Derry), and Naas (Kildare). In the round-robin series, Kilburn Gaels face Na Magha at 11.am on Saturday morning, July 9th, with Naas and Dunboyne in action at 11.45 am. These games are at Morris Park
In group one, the pairings are Keady(Armagh) v The Wild Geese( USA) at 11 am and Robert Emmets(London) v Naomh Moninne(Louth) at 11.45am. These games are onthes econd pitch at Morris Park The games are of fifteen minutes per half and each club with play three games with the top two in each section going into the semi-finals scheduled for 5pm on Saturday evening with the final at 6.30pm.
The winners will be presented with the Semple Cup at a function in Sarsfields Social Centre later that evening. Specially designed medals will be presented to the winners and runners-up.
Teams who do not make the semi-finals will be involved in a long puck competition during the final.
In conjunction with the festival, Durlas Og are organising an under 16 hurling tournament and Thurles Ladies Football Club will also be in action.
The official opening of the festival will be on Friday evening, July 8th at Sarsfields Social Centre, followed by entertainment from Comhaltas musicians.
The Sarsfields sub-committee who are organising the festival, the first of its kind in Thurles, are currently putting the finishing touches to their preparations and are hoping to have the final played in Semple Stadium. Club members who would be prepared to help out on the day are invited to contact Chairman, John Enright, Vice-Chairman, Liam O Donnchu, Secretary Andy Ryan, or any member of the committee.