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The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Paul Sergeant Events (PSE) made the announcement today, revealing plans for the inaugural Sydney Irish Festival 2018.
The weekend-long celebration will take place on 10 and 11 November 2018 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.
Sydney Irish Festival will bring the best of Irish arts, culture, music, dance, food and drink to Sydney, along with a competitive Hurling match.
Two championship-winning Hurling teams will challenge for the 2018 Wild Geese Trophy at the festival, marking the first time a full format Hurling game has been played outside Ireland.
The Wild Geese Trophy will be a fully-sanctioned, competitive game contested by reigning All Ireland champions Galway and the winner of the 2018 National Hurling League.
GAA President, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, who was recently in Australia, said, “Hurling is a warrior sport – it’s very, very different to any other sport you may have seen. It’s fast, combative and incredibly skillful and we’re delighted to be given the opportunity to bring a full blooded, competitive game to Australia as part of the Sydney Irish Festival. The Irish are immensely proud of the game of Hurling and the players are excited to make the trek to play in what will be one of the highest quality displays of the game. I urge everyone, whether you’re Irish or not, to get to the Festival and experience one of the world’s great games.”
PSE Managing Director, Paul Sergeant, added “We are honoured and incredibly proud to be a partner of the GAA for this historic event. The GAA has been fantastic to work with and learn from and we are really looking forward to playing our part in bringing the incredible game of hurling to Australia. It will have been two and a half years in the making by the time the game comes around and we intend on delivering a weekend the Irish community can be proud of.”
Ticket onsale times:
General Public Onsale – Today, Tuesday 21 November at noon (local time)