Castlegar U14's travelled to Dublin last weekend to participate in an inter-county tournament to celebrate Aer Lingus 75th anniversary.

Naomh Mearnog hosted the tournament in their fabouous grounds and facilility in Portmarnock. Eight teams participated coming from Waterford, Limerick, Cork, Antrim, Dublin, Clare and ourselves representing Galway. A 6am start on Saturday morning meant a quiet bus journey to Dublin but there was a great prize as the two top teams would play the final in Parnell Park on the Sunday before the Galway V Dublin league game.


The lads played a total of 5 games winning two, losing two and drawing one. Overall they were placed 5th of the 8 teams with two teams from our group contesting the final which Balygunnar from Waterford won on the Sunday.
The trip was a fabulous opportunity for the lads and they wanted for nothing. On arrival the team were presented with a set of Jerseys, socks and shorts, a packed lunch for everyone who travelled and they also were served dinner in the evening after the presentations.


We were fortunate to be invited to this brillant tournament and Aer Lingus really pulled out all the stops providing the bus for all the team to and from Dublin, the gear, lunch and dinner for everyone who travelled.
There are several people who we must thank, firstly our own Barry Connolly who organised the tournament and who invited us to participate. Aer Lingus and Christof Mueller, Chief Executive of Aer Lingus who spearheaded the ideal of the tournament. Naomh Mearnog who were absolutely brillant on the day providing the facilities and ensuring the tournament was run off without a hitch.

The referees and umpires who gave up their time and all the volunteers of Naomh Mearnog who really came up trumps. Finally thanks to everyone who travelled on the day with the team ensuring everyone was safely delivered home on Saturday evening.
The lads will keep the shorts and socks and we intend to wear the Jerseys sponsored by Aer lingus in all of the U14 competitions this year including the Feile and the Feile parade.