The GAA’s first ever series of national ‘Open Nights’ will take place across the country over the next two days as part of the promotional and marketing plan accompanying the 2012 football and hurling championships.
Sligo’s Connacht championship win over New York at Gaelic Park last weekend was the first action of this year’s championship competitions and the weekend after next will see games played in Leinster (football and hurling), Connacht (football), Munster (football) and Ulster (football).
For the first time ever county teams will make themselves available in a co-ordinated programme of events over two nights to meet with local journalists and supporters. GAA President Liam Ó Néill encouraged GAA supporters to avail of the rare opportunity to meet the players that will star in this year’s championships. He said: “This is just one initiative that we are organising which we hope will remind people that our championship competitions have started. We acknowledge the co-operation of our counties, players and managers is helping us to organise this on a national basis and we are confident that large numbers will avail of the opportunity to meet the players that will illuminate our championships between now and September”.
“The emphasis on these events – much like our games – is family fun and a host of different activities will take place around these meet and greet events”.
In Mayo tours have been organised around the redeveloped McHale Park while Armagh and Tipperary are both hosting ‘Beat the Goalkeepers’ competitions for young fans. In Dublin the players will judge crossbar challenges and in Kildare and Carlow players will oversee training and coaching drills.
The vast majority of the events take place tomorrow evening but a number of counties have chosen to host their night this evening because of club fixtures and the availability of county players.
For details on specific events, visit county board websites and follow their updates on social media.