Timahoe Ladies GAA will represent Laois in the senior ladies competition in the Eurospar Cuisine de France Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé 2013 in association with Lee Strand Milk, Irish Life and The Gathering Ireland 2013 which was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD at an official reception in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin recently.
The Comórtas is an invitational Ladies and Men’s GAA football tournament which will take place from February 22-24 all over the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry.
Timahoe will play St. Sylvester’s, Malahide in the first round game and, if victorious, they will play the winners of Termon, Donegal v Carnacon, Mayo.
Now in its 24th year, this year’s Comórtas has expanded into a major International Gaelic games gathering including 48 senior, intermediate and junior GAA clubs from 13 counties across Ireland but also 15 teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Spain and Brussels.
The tournament is the brainchild of Páidí Ó Sé, the legendary Irish Gael and winner of eight All-Ireland senior football medals as a player and two as Kerry manager. Páidí passed away suddenly on 15th December, 2012 at the age of 57 and so this year the Comórtas is not only a celebration of Gaelic Games but of Páidí’s life and times.
Páidí’s son Pádraig Ó Sé said, “The Comórtas was my Dad’s personal contribution to The Gathering initiative and the football tournament was his annual effort to promote the Kerry Gaeltacht and West Kerry region that he loved so much. He would have been delighted to see the efforts by all the teams and our main partners Eurospar and Cuisine de France to remain committed to the tournament this year and long may it continue in his honour.”