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Festival fever hits Queen's GAA festival

QUEEN'S University's historic GAA Festival gets under way this weekend with 16 higher level camogie teams competing for the Ashbourne, Purcell and Fr Meachair Cups.

Featuring many elite players from the inter-county scene, top quality camogie is guaranteed.

The action will take place at the Queen's Upper Malone facility, which recently underwent a £13million redevelopment.

In the prestigious Ashbourne Cup, Waterford IT are aiming for a record equalling sixth title in a row, a feat achieved only twice before by UCC in the 1920s and again in the 1970s.

Hosts Queen's – competing in the Ashbourne Cup for the 80th year – will be among the favourites for the Purcell Cup, while UUJ will be seeking to retain the Ashbourne Shield.

Welcoming all the players to Belfast, Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: "Camogie is played by thousands of girls and women all over the world. We must ensure that women's sport is given the full recognition it deserves. Too often in the past it has been overlooked."

Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir added: "It is great to have this level of talent here in our city. Belfast is delighted to showcase the best of sport."

Camogie President Aileen Lawlor said: "The continued involvement in sport of club players while studying at third level colleges is vital to the growth and development of any player."

Further details are available at www.gaafestival.com

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