Galway Hospice has been chosen as the charity partner of the first ever International Hurling Festival, sponsored by Aer Lingus, in partnership with Etihad Airways.
Tickets for the festival, which will take place throughout County Galway this September, are now on sale, and all proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the charity, which provides palliative care to cancer patients throughout Galway City and County.
“Galway Hospice is delighted to have been chosen as beneficiary of the Aer Lingus in partnership with Etihad Airways International Hurling Festival. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding the Galway Hospice home care and day care services which depend entirely on voluntary contributions,” said Michael Craig, Fundraising Manager of Galway Hospice.
The International Hurling Festival will see 16 overseas teams participating in the competition including teams from New York, San Francisco, Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Australia.
The tournament also helps to promote the game of hurling in developing regions by including teams such as Buenos Aires, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and a European team comprised entirely of non-Irish nationals.
The qualifying games will take place in Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Gort with the finals being staged at Pearse Stadium on Saturday, 21 September. This unique festival will also bring together the ‘Best of Irish’ with food, craft and entertainment also taking place at the stadium on the day of the final.
“There are teams and supporters travelling to Galway from all over the World for the first ever International Hurling Festival this September. We hope that hurling and GAA fans across the country will also make the trip to Galway and show their support for the travelling teams,” commented Declan Kearney, Director of Communications at Aer Lingus.
“With Under 18s enjoying free entry, and adult tickets priced at just €5, it’s a very affordable way to enjoy what should be a superb few days of hurling and also support a great local cause in the Galway Hospice,” he added.
The Galway International Hurling Festival, sponsored by Aer Lingus, in association with Etihad Airways, will run from Wednesday, 18 to Saturday, 21 September 2013. For more information log onto www.hurlingfestival.com, like www.facebook.com/aerlingushurling, or follow www.twitter.com/AerLingusFest.