WATERFORD City & County Councillors welcome the celebration of the GAA World Games 2019 in Waterford this summer with Cllr Cha O’Neill calling it “the greatest thing to happen in Waterford since the Tall Ships.”
The GAA World Games will be celebrated in Waterford city from July 28 to August 1, providing an enormous opportunity for Waterford’s local economy. “The World Games represent a boost of €1.5 million to the local economy,” explained Director of Games Development at the GAA Pat Daly. “They will increase the media profile and promotion of Waterford as a tourist centre and offer local businesses an opportunity to get involved.”
There are now more than 400 GAA clubs in existence outside of Ireland, across Europe, USA, Africa, South America, Australasia and the Middle East. The GAA World Games will be bringing 97 non native teams to Ireland, the home of GAA, to celebrate the values of the GAA and capture the imagination of cultures worldwide. The Games will be officially launched in Waterford city with a “Games Parade” through the city centre on Sunday, July 28. The initial stages of the Games will be played out in the WIT Sports Campus, Carriganore from July 29-August 1, with the finals taking place on August 2 in Croke Park, Dublin. Overall there will be 1,300 players, 500 games, seven pitches from seven continents for one international festival of Gaelic games.
Commenting on the value of this international event, Waterford councillors agreed it is a monumental opportunity for Waterford. “I’m very proud to see this event taking place in Waterford,” said Councillor Seán Reinhardt. “My own club took part in a tournament in Spain and it was just fantastic – congratulations to all involved.” Councillor Cha O’ Neill echoed his enthusiasm calling the Games “the biggest thing to happen in Waterford since the Tall Ships”. “To bring people here from abroad is just fantastic,” said the councillor. “The main thing now is to get the word out!”
The GAA World Games will be commencing in Waterford this July 28. For more information see www.gaa.ie/worldgames/