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GAA tournament launches Kids Free Sports week

Underage GAA competition launches week of fun

St Mary’s GAA club hosted an underage Gaelic Football Blitz on Saturday 24th October, at the Energy Box in Levenshulme.

The event was to launch the Levenshulme Festival sports week, which features a week of free sports activities for school children during the half term break.

Lawrence Hennigan the president of the Levenshulme Festival said “Brenda Harkin and her team of volunteers did a great job of organizing such a fantastic tournament for the children. We were only too happy to support her imitative through funding from the festival"

The festival which is now in its eleventh year is staging one hundred events to mark the 100th anniversary of the village joining Manchester. Before 1909 the village in South Manchester was completely independent of Manchester city council having its own town hall and governed itself.

It is home to the biggest Irish community outside of London but the village is also home to a diverse multicultural community, which the festival fully embraces.

The GAA tournament was to all underage football clubs in the Greater Manchester. There were two competitions, the U10 and U14 Championships.

Six clubs from the local area entered which were Oisins, St. Anne’s, St. Peter’s, St. Lawrence’s, St, Brendan’s and St. Mary’s.

Despite extremely blustery and wet conditions the event was very well attended and spectators packed the sidelines and cheered on all the teams.

Oisin’s were the eventual winners of the U10’s Championship, beating St Lawrence’s in the final. St Mary’s won the under 14’s championship which they have now retained for the third year running. They beat Oisin’s in the final stopping them completing the double.

The shield competition for the runners up was won by St Brendan’s who beat St Lawrence’s in the final to take home the plaque.

More pictures here
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