19 February 2018
By Elaine Murphy
Buttevant beat Lyre of Banteer 0-8 to 1-3 in an all Cork Junior Men’s final at the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé 2018, the famed club Gaelic football tournament and festival which took place last weekend in the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry.
Lyre overcame Éire Óg of London and Team Germany to reach the final against Buttevant who beat Round Towers of London and Seoul Asian Gaels of South Korea.
Baile Bhuirne’s Naomh Abán, last year’s winners, defended their title in the intermediate ladies competition, losing to Blessington of Wicklow and Cavan’s Gowna.
Comórtas Chairman Pádraig Ó Sé, commented, “We are delighted that Cork took some silverware with them. Buttevant might now take inspiration from Knocknagree who were last year’s Junior title winners and look where that got them. The festival has that combination of all that’s great about the GAA, lovely scenery, and friendly locals that makes it a winning formula. We cannot do this without are sponsors, Lidl Ireland as well as Lee Strand Milk, EJMenswwear.com and Kerry County Council Tourism Unit as well as the support of local GAA clubs who provide their pitches and also our Comórtas volunteers.”
The football festival, which welcomed over 1,000 players, mentors and supporters to West Kerry last weekend,was officially launched by German Ambassador to Ireland Mrs. Dieke Potzel and Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Brendan Griffin, T.D at Mercy Mounthawk School GAA pitch in Tralee last Saturday where they met the 50 strong men’s and ladies Team Germany, made up of six German GAA clubs.