Kilkenny All-Stars off to San Francisco

Tommy Walsh, Michael Fennelly, Richie Power, Jackie Tyrell, JJ Delaney, Paul Murphy, Brian Hogan, Michael Rice, Richie Hogan, Eoin Larkin, and John Dalton were among the 2011 GAA GPA All- Stars Hurling Tour sponsored by Opel, which departed for San Francisco on Wednesday.

Tommy Walsh, Michael Fennelly, Richie Power, Jackie Tyrell, JJ Delaney, Paul Murphy, Brian Hogan, Michael Rice, Richie Hogan, Eoin Larkin, and John Dalton were among the 2011 GAA GPA All- Stars Hurling Tour sponsored by Opel, which departed for San Francisco on Wednesday.

The touring party consists of players from the 2010 and 2011 All-Star hurling teams who will play in the tour’s exhibition game under the guidance of team managers Liam Sheedy (2010) and Davy Fitzgerald (2011).

The tour game takes place at Treasure Island on Sunday afternoon (local time), the headquarters of San Francisco GAA, and will be preceded by a special breakfast event held in conjunction with Ireland Reaching Out which aims to connect the Irish diaspora with the GAA’s growing international club network.

33 players from eight counties are traveling. With six players selected on both the 2010 and 2011 All-Stars teams and some players unable to travel, 12 players have been added as replacements.