This Friday will see the deadline for applications to be submitted for the 2012 Feile, as organisers hope for a full uptake from all clubs in the county.
Laois are co-hosting the football Feile in 2012 with Offaly, just as they did with the hurling Feile in 2009. The games will take place on June 22, 23 and 24, with that weekend set to be a bumper one in Portlaoise as the Leinster SHC semi-final, involving Kilkenny, will take place on that Sunday.
Clubs are urged to meet this Friday’s deadline for applications, as well as appointing a co-ordinator to oversee the club’s involvement in the competition. An information night will take place in January, while a ‘mini Feile’ will be run with teams in Offaly in the new year also to help with the grading of teams for the competition proper in June.
There is expected to be 94 boys and 64 girls teams taking part, with clubs from every county in Ireland as well as New York and the UK. It is anticiptated over 10,000 will flock to Laois during the June weekend. There will be six divisions for boys games and four for girls.
Hosting the Feile is estimated to be worth in excess of €5 million to Portlaoise and its surrounds.
Application forms are available from the Laois County Board office at Parkside. Families intending to host visiting clubs will also be required to undergo Garda vetting
Current GAA President-Elect Liam O’Neill, who will have started in his role as President by the time the Feile gets underway, will be present and it also hoped that Michael D Higgins will present on one of the days.
Twitter page search LaoisOffaly2012 on Twitter and also search Feile Peil LaoisOffaly on Facebook for all the up to date info. The website dedicated to the Feile will also be live in the next couple of weeks