A host of Irish sporting personalities including Dublin’s Alan Brogan, Mayo’s Cora Staunton and legendary Gaelic games commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh togged out in Croke Park this morning to officially launch the 20th 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 2015 Fexco Asian Gaelic Games will take place on October 24th and 25th in Shanghai, China.
Featuring 65 teams from 20 clubs from across 18 countries in Asia, the Fexco Asian Gaelic Games will see more than 700 Irish, as well as non-Irish GAA players who have picked up the sport, come together to battle it out in over 200 fixtures.
Games Ambassador, Cora Staunton commended the games commenting: “I feel privileged once again to be part of the Fexco Asian Gaelic Games as an event ambassador. The popularity of the games as well as 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 October 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, October 24th culminating in the finals at 6pm on Sunday, 25th October.
Prior to the tournament, the 9th annual Asia-Pacific Irish Business Forum (‘APIBF’) will be held on Friday, October 23rd in the Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Oriental Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai bringing together Irish business people in the Asia region and those with an interest in Irish business. Guest speakers on the day will be Aogán Ó Fearghail, Tadhg Kennelly and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh in addition to a number of keynote speakers involved in Irish businesses in the region.
Director General of the GAA, Paraic Duffy 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 2015 Asian Gaelic Games 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: “This year represents a significant milestone as we mark the 20th Anniversary of the Asian Gaelic Games. Over the past two decades, the games have continued to grow from strength to strength, and this year we hope to welcome the highest ever number of participants to Shanghai 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.”
Managing Director of Fexco’s Dynamic Currency Conversion division, Denis Cleary, said: “We are delighted once again to partner with the Asian County Board to sponsor this truly international community linked GAA sporting event. This sponsorship is a natural fit for Fexco as the passion, relationships and professionalism of the games are reflected in our own core values. I would like to commend all those involved in the organisation of this event, especially the Asian County Board, and would like to wish all participating teams the very best of luck in October.”
About the Asian Gaelic Games
The Fexco Asian Gaelic Games is an annual tournament held under the aegis of the Asian County Board. The event brings together clubs from all over the Asia region in a two-day tournament in which Men’s, Ladies & Juvenile teams compete for top honours in football, hurling and camogie Over the course of the two days up to 180 matches are played across a number of pitches and the number of teams and standard increases every year.
The Fexco Asian Gaelic Games is a 9-a-side tournament with matches lasting 14 minutes each. The tournament has been running since 1996 and moves from city to city each year – they have been hosted in Manila, Singapore, Phuket, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Penang, Bangkok, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. There are ten trophies up for grabs over the weekend along with individual All-Stars, MVP & Club awards to be won. The top teams in the competition compete for the Derek Brady Cup, the Ladies Cup, Hurling Cup and Camogie Cup.
Now in its 20th year, the Fexco Asian Gaelic Games has grown to be the premier Irish event in the Asia region and is the highlight of the calendar for the Irish in Asia & the Gulf. Since 2007 the event has been coupled with the Asia-Pacific Ireland Business Forum (www.apibf.com).