DERRY has been confirmed as the host city for the 2023 GAA World Games.
The five-day event will feature matches over four days in the Derry centre of excellence in Owenbeg from July 24-27 next summer, with a day of finals taking place in Croke Park on July 28.
Planning has commenced for the event which will be the fourth staging of the GAA World Games since 2015 and it is anticipated that upwards of 2,000 players will travel as part of 100 football, hurling, camogie and ladies football teams participating, and it will represent an influx of up to 4,500 people into Derry next summer.
The growth and development of World GAA continues to make strides with 460 clubs in existence outside of Ireland and promoting Gaelic games all over the globe.
Competitions in the GAA World Games are provided for native-born Irish players as well as non-native Irish who have taken up the games in their locality.
The GAA World Council made the decision on the host city on Friday, after a high calibre shortlist of submissions were reviewed from Derry, Waterford and Cavan.
“I am delighted to see the return of the GAA World Games confirmed for the 2023 calendar and look forward to what will be a fantastic event in Derry next July and a setting that I am certain all of those traveling to take part will enjoy,” commented Uachtarán Larry McCarthy.
“These games play an important role in the ongoing growth and development of Gaelic games worldwide and are of great significance to the clubs and the communities that make up World GAA and are an acknowledgement and support for their promotion of the GAA. I’m sure that confirmation of the host city will sharpen the preparations for GAA clubs in every corner of the globe to be ready to be at their best in 2023.”
Niall Erskine, GAA World Council chairperson, added: “I am pleased to announce Derry, with its storied history and vibrant cultural scene, has been chosen to host the 2023 GAA World Games. The ever-impressive playing facilities at Owenbeg, comprising of a 48-acre site, will be a hub of activity come Monday July 24 and will certainly cater for the needs of all of the GAA clubs coming home to participate.
“Plans are about to be set in train to ensure the games are as successful as the games of 2019.”