TWO Kilkenny teams will be heading to Dublin for a national blitz this weekend.
Castlecomer and Conahy will be among the 60 clubs who will converge on Portmarnock for the Ladies Gaelic for Mothers blitz on Saturday. The Gaelic4Mothers initiative is an innovative way to introduce mothers and other women who may never have been involved in a sport to playing Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun, non competitive and sociable setting.
Since the idea came to fruition three years ago the initiative has proved hugely popular with women of all ages and has taken off in all 32 counties. While the Castlecomer and Conahy clubs have attracted up to 100 ladies between them, this year also saw the start of Thomastown, James Stephens and Dicksboro Gaelic4Mothers.
The success of the initiative has prompted a name change to Gaelic for Mothers and Others. Women of all ages who are not playing football competitively are welcome to join, regardless of age or ability, with the only requirement being a willingness to have fun while availing of team exercise. Clubs within counties can meet up for blitz days as well as taking part in blitzes and tournaments in neighbouring counties.
Any club wishing to start Gaelic for Mothers and Others in their area or by joining up with neighbouring parishes can learn more by logging on to www.ladiesgaelic.ie or by contacting the Ladies Gaelic Football Association in Croke Park, tel 01-8363156.
Gaelic 4 Girls
Another very successful initiative got underway recently when schools in the North and South of the county were visited to promote Gaelic 4 Girls.
The programme, which runs for eight weeks and is open to girls aged 9 to 13 years, introduces girls to Gaelic football and promotes team activity and a healthy lifestyle. The Graignamanagh programme got underway a fortnight ago, with almost 50 girls joining the fun.
Participants will master the skills of football before taking part in a blitz in Lorrha in Tipperary. Each participant will receive a Gaelic 4 Girls t-shirt at the end of the season. The Graignamanagh co-ordinator is Joe Fox who can be contacted at 087-9504041.
The Castlecomer Gaelic for Girls gets underway today (Wednesday) at Ballycomey from 4 to 5pm and is open to all girls in the locality aged 9 to 13 regardless of standard or experience. The contact for the area is Catriona Normoyle, tel 087-3154662. The cost is E8 per player for the eight-week programme.