A host of Irish sporting personalities including Galway’s David Collins and Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey togged out in Croke Park this morning to officially launch the 23rd Annual Asian Gaelic Games. The group was joined by Ruth McCarthy representing Irish, international fintech company – Fexco headline sponsors of the 2018 Games.
Presented by the Asian County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Fexco, the 2018 Asian Gaelic Games will take place on November 17th and 18th in Bangkok, Thailand.
Featuring 65 teams from 20 clubs from across 18 countries in Asia, the Fexco Asian Gaelic Games will see more than 800 Irish, as well as non-Irish GAA players who have picked up the sport, come together to battle it out in over 200 fixtures.
Denis Cleary, CEO of Fexco’s Payments & FX division commended the games commenting, “The 2018 edition of the Asian Gaelic Games represents Fexco’s eighth as sponsor and I am delighted once again to partner with the Asia County Board to help bring such a unique and worthwhile event to life. The sponsorship of the Asian Gaelic Games has always been a natural fit for Fexco, a proud Irish company with a significant international business presence. Not alone that, but the diligence and passion demonstrated by the GAA and those involved in the Games are reflected in our own core values. I would like to commend all those involved in the organisation of this event and would like to wish all participating teams the very best of luck in Bangkok in November.”
Speaking at this morning’s launch event, Games Ambassador, Cora Staunton commented: “I am delighted to be involved with the Asian Gaelic Games again this year as an Ambassador. The event is truly unique in that it draws competitors and their supporters from such an expansive geographical region encompassing 18 countries. The popularity of the games as well as the high esteem in which they are held both at home and abroad is testament to the Asian County Board. I look forward to touching down in Bangkok and would like to wish all the teams the best of luck this year.”
The participating teams represent Senior, Intermediate and Junior divisions in both ladies and men’s football, hurling and camogie. Throw in for the first game takes place at 8am on Saturday, November 17th culminating in the finals at 6pm on Sunday, 18th November at Patana School grounds in Bangkok.
Prior to the tournament, the first annual Asia County Board Club Leadership Summit will be held at the Landmark Hotel in Bangkok. The event aims to connect Irish and non-Irish business people in the region through a common interest in Ireland’s National Games. There will be panel discussions and addresses from sports and business people alike shining a light on the value of fitness, wellbeing and connectedness both in life and in enterprise.
Director General of the GAA, Tom Ryan commented: “The Fexco Asian Gaelic Games is a true reflection of the work and commitment of the Asian County Board and the participating players. I would like to extend best wishes to all those involved in the 2018 Games and to thank Fexco for their continued support.”
Speaking about the 2018 Fexco Asian Gaelic Games Joe Trolan, Chairperson of the Asian County Board, said: “The Asian Gaelic Games is one of the highlights on the Irish diaspora calendar in the region. It brings together people, both Irish and non-Irish, from across multiple disciplines in business, academia and government to celebrate our national Games. Over the past twenty-three years, the event has continued to grow from strength to strength, and this year we hope to welcome the highest ever number of participants to Bangkok for the Games. It is due, in no small part, to the support of companies like Fexco that we can continue to host such a remarkable event every year.”