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Thursday 14 December 2017

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Join the party and clamber aboard the Féile expressTHE Féile clock is ticking down -- fast. Next July, Dublin will host its first National Féile na nGael finals in 30 years.

Ireland's top young hurlers, handballers and camogie players will be in action in the capital from July 5-7.

Dublin officials have now sent out the message 'Come On, Everybody' to Dublin's Féile family.

Sinéad Ryan is the Féile PRO. "We'd love to see players, mentors, officials, parents and GAA followers in Dublin give their club a hand in preparing for Féile.

"It's going to be a very exciting and spectacular event.

"Country-wide, 25,000 players take part in Féile. And for the finals on that July weekend in Dublin, we'll have 5,000 of them," says Sinéad.

"Féile is all about communities, parents, mentors and players creating friendships and a bond through the sport that they love.

"This is the 42nd year of Féile and it will be one of the biggest of all time."

The atmosphere around Féile is always special -- the parade, the pageantry, the anticipation on the young faces.

One of the tournament's most appealing features is where families host teams.

Long after the games and the results fade from the memory, the warmth of a family's welcome can glow forever.

"So many of the top players in all the codes have played in Féile," adds Sinéad.

"And the players that come to Dublin will be representing their clubs in one of the most prestigious championships of them all."

Sinéad says that Dublin is determined to put on a show the kids will never forget. And, once again, she is appealing to the county's super troupers to climb aboard Dublin's Féile Express.

p More information by email to feile2012@dublingaa.ie or log onto their website www.dublinfeile2012.gaa.ie

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