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Mums Take to the field as Gaelic4Mothers National Blitz Day Attracts Over 500 Players

Mums Take to the field as Gaelic4Mothers National Blitz Day Attracts Over 500 Players

Forty teams from twenty-five clubs descended on the Malahide Club of St. Sylvester’s, on Sunday 11th October, to take part in the All Ireland Gaelic4Mothers National Blitz Day. Over 530 mums from fifteen counties played in the tournament which started at 1pm.

In excess of 1,000 women around the country have so far registered with their local clubs for the Gaelic4Mothers initiative which has been developed by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to offer mothers and older women an opportunity to play the game in a fun, non-competitive and social environment.

The weekend’s National Blitz was one of the centre pieces of this year’s activity and the size of the event reflects the enthusiasm with which mums from across Ireland have taken to the initiative.

“Gaelic4Mothers has become one of our most successful initiatives and we’re delighted that the National Blitz has attracted so many people,” said Paula Prunty, National Games Development Officer.

“I think the fact that the football is played in spirit of fairplay and offers a real social outlet for mothers has made the programme such a huge hit. The Blitz day was a fantastic day and everyone involved really enjoyed the outing.”

The National Blitz was an event that will live long in the memories of all participants an is summed up by an eager mother, “I never thought I would see the day that I would take up gaelic football at 40 years of age and have my husband and boys come to cheer me on.”

Another mother described the experience as, “It was a great day without the hubby and kids! Great craic and working as a team was wonderful. A great opportunity to play Gaelic football after too many years watching it.”

It is definitely safe to say that all involved are really looking forward to the next event and this National Blitz Day gave them the opportunity to demonstrate that females of any age can be out enjoying the sport.

“October 11th 2009 is one us girls will never forget”

How can I get involved? If your club is interested or you are a mother interested in setting this up in your club,
please contact Paula Prunty, National Games Development Officer,
(01) 8363156 or email: paula@ladiesgaelic.ie

Gaelic4Mothers Hoodies Specially designed one-off Gaelic4Mothers Hoodies are now available.

To purchase your Hoodie please contact Paula on (01) 8363156 or
Email: paula@ladiesgaelic.ie

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