INPHO/Cathal Noonan Croke Park will host some of the finals in this year's Féile na nGael competition.
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Dublin hosts the 42nd Féile na nGael competition with this year’s opening group games starting this afternoon.

OVER 2500 children will descend on Dublin this weekend for the commencement of this year’s Féile na nGael, an underage GAA festival that encompasses events in hurling, camogie and handball.

The opening hurling and camogie group games take place in venues around the capital this afternoon before the annual parade involving all the competing teams starts in Croke Park, heading up to Mountjoy Square before moving down to O’Connell Street.

The group action continues tomorrow morning and afternoon before the semi-finals take place tomorrow evening at 7pm in both hurling and camogie. There are six divisions in hurling and four divisions in camogie with the finals to be held in Croke Park and Parnell Park on Saturday morning and afternoon.

The competing clubs in the prestigious Division 1 boys hurling competition include visiting teams De La Salle from Waterford, Sarsfields of Cork, Tipperary’s Kilruane McDonagh’s, Galway outfit Clarinbridge, Kilmaley from Clare, Limerick’s Patrickswell and James Stephens of Kilkenny, who won this competition in 2008.
The Dublin representatives in Division 1 are St Brigid’s, Naomh Éanna, Ballyboden St Enda’s, Na Fianna, Cluain Tarbh, Faughs, Whitehall Colmcille, St Vincent’s and Kilmacud Crokes.
In Division 1 of the girls camogie competition, the clubs travelling to Dublin include Cranford-Monaseed of Wexford, Cork team Aghabullogue, Crecora from Limerick, Davitts of Galway, Kilkenny’s Piltown, Newport-Ballinahinch of Tipperary, Derry’s Slaughtneil and Dunloy of Antrim.

The Dublin representatives in Division 1 of this competition are Good Counsel, Ballinteer St John’s, Na Fianna, St Vincent’s, St Judes, Lucan Sarsfields, Ballyboden St-Enda’s and St Brigid’s.

Meanwhile handball fans can view the new facilities this weekend that have been constructed at CityWest.

As Handball Ireland prepares for the world championships this September, Féile teams will be competing at the venue where 30 new courts have been recently constructed.

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