Páidí Ó Sé tournament enters 29th year

Leitrim’s St. Francis Ladies will compete in the intermediate ladies competition as part of the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé 2018.

The competition takes place from the 16th to the 18th of February in West Kerry.

The power and appeal of Páidi Ó Sé, one of Gaelic Football’s most favourite sons, is truly evident as over 1,200 players comprising of teams from South Korea, Germany, the UK and 12 counties from the four provinces of Ireland will compete in the famed Gaelic football festival.

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Killian Burns is part of the organising committee. He is a twice All-Ireland winner who played on many teams under Páidi Ó Sé. The former Kerry defender joined Kevin McDermott on Sportsbeat on Shannonside Northern Sound to discuss the growth of the tournament.

Killian highlighted the appeal and respect still shown to the  the former Westmeath manager who passed away in 2012.

St. Francis Ladies will be up against defending 2017 Comórtas champions Naomh Abán of Cork, Corcha Dhuibhne of West Kerry, Burrishoole Ladies of Mayo, also previous Comórtas winners, Wicklow’s Blessington Ladies and Cavan’s Gowna Ladies.

The football festival, which has attracted over 15,000 club players since it began in 1989, is a big boost for tourism in the area and continues to attract huge interest.