GAA festival 'to welcome thousands'

Published Monday, 03 February 2014
Toggle font size

Queen’s University has launched a Gaelic games festival which begins this month.

Video available to UK viewers only.
We’re sorry. This video is unavailable from your location.

To find out if this video is available to you, we need to know what region you live in. Please enter your postcode below (including space).

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for confirming your region.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are sorry but this video is not available on in your region. Your region is listed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you in Northern Ireland?

1. Why is my postcode required?

We are asking you to insert your postcode before watching some videos to confirm you can access the video content via

This is because some videos on are only available in Northern Ireland.

Don't worry, we won't store or use this information for any other purpose.

If you are not in Northern Ireland, the content may be available to watch at or

2. Why am I directed to or when I try to view certain clips?

The videos, which are not available on to users outside Northern Ireland, will be available to those users on (for users in England and Wales) or (for most users in Scotland).

We need to know where you are in order to make sure you are getting the right content.

If you think we've got your location wrong, then please click here.

Need more help? Contact us

The festival, which runs from 13 February to 22 March, is set to welcome over 12,000 people to the city, providing a major boost to the local economy, as well as the hospitality and culture sectors.

In addition to the action on the pitch, the festival atmosphere will be encouraged throughout Belfast, with a packed programme of health-related and cross-community events, including music, comedy nights and talks with well-known sports personalities.

The action begins on February 13 -16 with Camogie's Ashbourne Cup, and will continue on 20 - 22 February with Gaelic Football's Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup, Hurling's Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup on 27 February to 1 March and Ladies Football's O'Connor Cup on 21-22 March.

Queen's is setting a precedent with the creation of the Festival, as no other university or college has ever hosted all four of the major higher education Gaelic Games tournaments in the same year.

The massive undertaking will see over 2,250 players battle it out at Queen's world-class facility at Upper Malone in Belfast. Created as the result of a £13m redevelopment by the university, it allows all matches to be played on the one site.

Speaking at the launch of Queen's GAA Festival, Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said: "Queen's University have taken on a tremendous challenge in staging these four prestigious intervarsity competitions.

"The facilities at their disposal are world class and I am confident both players and spectators alike will be treated to an amazing experience. This festival proves once again that Belfast is one of the leading cities in hosting major sporting competitions."

Sports Minister for Northern Ireland, Carál Ní Chulín added: "I am delighted to be able to welcome everyone to the Queen's GAA Festival. The Festival is a celebration of culture, sport and heritage and offers us the opportunity to showcase Queen's Belfast and its facilities to the wider GAA family.

"DCAL is one of the principal sponsors of this festival and I believe GAA in Ulster has never been stronger. I would like to congratulate all those involved in the organisation of the festival and wish all the teams and coaching staff every success in the coming competitions."

Also speaking at the launch, Queen's University's acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor James McElnay, who said: "Queen's is delighted that its commitment to delivering world-class sporting facilities for its students has helped bring these four high profile sporting events to the University and to Belfast.

"Over the coming weeks we can look forward to a celebration of sporting excellence and achievement, alongside a packed programme of cross-community sporting, social and family events."

He continued: "I would like to thank all our partners for their valuable support and congratulate our students and staff on organising this unique Festival.

"Queen's is once again leading the way, and a warm Queen's welcome awaits the thousands of players, mentors and supporters who will be coming to Belfast over the coming weeks for our Festival."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
No comments. Be the first to comment.
Email address*:    
House Rules:  
Your Comment:  
[All comments are moderated and will not appear immediately. Your name, location and comment will be displayed on this page if your post passes moderation.]
Mon 31 March 2014
Carrick disturbances
Fri 11 April 2014
President Higgins visits UK
Tue 08 April 2014