18 Dec 2017
Sydney Olympic Park will be awash with the luck of the Irish during the weekend of 10-11 November 2018, when the inaugural Sydney Irish Festival will be held at Sydney Showground.
The two-day event will feature a fusion of Irish art, culture, music, dance, food and drink and it will culminate with a competitive Hurling match at Spotless Stadium between two championship-winning teams, each vying for the 2018 Wild Geese Trophy.
Of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin and known as the fastest field sport in the world, the game of Hurling dates back to the seventh century and the event at Sydney Olympic Park will mark the first time a full format and sanctioned competitive Hurling game will be played outside Ireland.
Hurling skills clinics and Hurling player autograph sessions will be available to attendees of the Festival, where there’ll also be a massive variety of other family-friendly entertainment such as traditional Irish dance performances, comedy and live music, amusement rides, myriad kids’ activities and even a Guinness Book of Records attempt to make the world’s biggest Irish stew.
Day two of the Festival (11 November) will commence with a Big Irish Brunch and further entertainment before the 3.30pm Hurling match for the 2018 Wild Geese Trophy.
The Sydney Irish Festival – including the competition for the Wild Geese Trophy – will be presented at Sydney Olympic Park by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Paul Sergeant Events (PSE).
GAA President, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, who was recently in Australia, said: “Hurling is a warrior sport – it’s very, very different to any other sport you may have seen. It’s fast, combative and incredibly skillful and we’re delighted to be given the opportunity to bring a full blooded, competitive game to Australia as part of the Sydney Irish Festival. The Irish are immensely proud of the game of Hurling and the players are excited to make the trek to play in what will be one of the highest quality displays of the game. I urge everyone, whether you’re Irish or not, to get to the Festival and experience one of the world’s great games.”
Tickets to the Sydney Irish Festival are now on sale. For more information, visit sydneyirishfestival.com