The wonderful sight of a packed Arundel Square during Sunday’s Opening Ceremony of the 2019 GAA World Games. Photo: Maurice Hennebry.
The 2019 Renault GAA World Games were opened in style through the heart of Waterford city yesterday evening, July 28th.
All 84 teams marched from the Waterside car park, through the Apple Market and into Arundel Square, cheered on the entire way by hundreds of spectators, adorned in a colourful sea of flags, bunting and posters.
Four marching bands, the Celtic Drummers, the Thomas Francis Meagher Fife & Drum Band, City of Waterford Brass Band and the Barrack Street Band were intermittently positioned throughout the ocean of energy and excitement as the cohort of some 1300 players and members of management made their way through the spine of Ireland’s oldest city.
All players and team officials were met in Arundel square by the Taiko Drummers for the official opening ceremony of the Renault GAA World Games 2019. There were a few short words from John Pratt, Mayor of Waterford & Niall Erskine, Chairperson of the World GAA Committee. An array of entertainment followed featuring the South African Teams, Dónal Lunny & Mairtin O’Connor, Ballyduff Upper’s Booley House singers, dancers and musicians and the undoubted stars of the show, the Mount Sion Choir.
Many teams were joined by juvenile members of their Waterford twinning partners, which strengthened the links between visiting and local clubs ahead of their social and cultural evening, of which 45 Waterford clubs are involved, on Tuesday evening (tonight), July 30.
The scene which greeted teams as they approached the final stretch into Arundel Square was a magnificent spectacle, complimented by the glorious sunshine which blanketed the city centre.
The games started yesterday (Monday) at 10am and will run from 9am – 6pm from today (Tuesday) to Thursday before the teams and officials are bussed to Dublin for the Finals on Friday August 2nd in GAA HQ, Croke Park. Admission is free at the WIT Arena all week.
The O’Connor family from Waterford City.
All-Star GAA Panel at H&H Motors
One of the highlights of the week is likely to a special All-Star GAA panel hosted by local Renault dealer, H&H Motors on the Cork Road on this Wednesday night, July 31.
Join host Marty Morrissey, sporting legends Kerry’s Marc O’Sé, Westmeath’s Dessie Dolan, Clare’s two time All-Ireland winning captain Anthony Daly and local Déise legend John Mullane for lively debate and discussion on all things GAA, in what promises to be a fun and engaging family-friendly event.
This is a free event but make sure to book your place. You can do so by emailing: [email protected] or call us on 051- 876400. Or you can book online: http://bit.ly/2SmElCO. Doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments, GAA Panel kick off time 7.30pm sharp.
Keith Cullinane, Dealer Principal at H&H Motors: “We are delighted that such a unique festival is coming to Waterford and are thrilled to get involved and support at a grassroots level. I am delighted to invite you to a very special GAA Panel in our dealership on the 31st July, and to interact with some of Ireland’s sporting legends, including our own John Mullane. This festival highlights the profound reach of the GAA around the world and the passion for the games globally. We’re looking forward to saying céad míle fáilte to all of the teams involved for what’s set to be an unforgettable few days in the Déise!”