A host of Irish sporting personalities including Kerry’s Killian Young, Tipperary hurler John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and Dublin legend Barry Cahill were joined by H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland in Croke Park this morning to officially launch the 21st Annual Asian Gaelic Games sponsored again this year by Fexco.
Presented by the Asian County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Fexco, Ireland’s largest, privately owned financial technology company, the 2016 Fexco Asian Gaelic Games will take place on November 5th and 6th in Shanghai, China.
Featuring 65 teams representing 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 a weekend of over 200 fixtures.
Games Ambassador, Cora Staunton commended the games commenting: “The Fexco Asian Gaelic Games is a unique and special event that allows so many of our expat community members, as well as international friends, to enjoy a true piece of Ireland over the Games weekend. I feel privileged once again to be part of the Games as an event ambassador, the high esteem in which they are held abroad is testament to the Asian County Board and to the GAA. I can’t wait to touch down in Shanghai in November 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 5th culminating in the finals at 6pm on Sunday, 6th November.
Director General of the GAA, Páraic Duffy commented: “The Asian Gaelic Games is a true reflection of the work and commitment of the Asian County Board and the participating players, managers and their support networks. I would like to extend my best wishes to all those involved in the 2016 edition and to thank Fexco for their continued support.”
Speaking about the 2015 Fexco Asian Gaelic Games, Joe Trolan, Chairperson of the Asian County Board, said: “2015 represented a significant milestone when we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Asian Gaelic Games. Now, in 2016 we can look ahead to the next decade of the Games as we welcome the newest generation of players to the sport from across Asia. The event continues to grow from strength to strength due in no small part to the support of companies like Fexco helping to make the vision of the Games a reality every year.”
CEO of Payments & FX, Denis Cleary, said: “I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand the dedication and commitment of those involved in coordinating the Asian Gaelic Games and it is truly commendable. We are delighted once again to partner with the Asian County Board to support this international, community-linked GAA sporting event. The sponsorship is a natural fit for Fexco as the passion and professionalism of the Games are reflected in our own core values and the Asia region is one of the key focus areas for our business growth strategy. We, at Fexco, would like to wish all participating teams the very best of luck in November.”