Sevens attracts 48 teams

KERRY and Tyrone will be strongly represented at this year’s Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland football sevens in Dublin on Saturday week.

Former All-Ireland club champions Castleisland Desmonds will be flying the Kingdom flag, while Tyrone will be represented by three teams; 48 teams will take part.

At yesterday’s launch in Croke Park, Kilmacud Crokes (football) chairman Pauric McMenamin said it was a matter of great pride that a competition launched 33 years ago had become one of the main showpieces of the All-Ireland final weekend.

The tournament takes place in Stillorgan, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the Kilmacud grounds in Glenalbyn. A charity game will be played between a team of politicians and a Jimmy Magee Allstars selection.

The draw is as follows:

Group 1 - Castleblaney Faughs; St Mary’s, (Sligo); Clan na Gael; (Tyrone), Gracefield.

Group 2 - Corofin; Lucan Sarsfields; Slaughtneil; St Davog’s.

Group 3 - Caltra; Longstone; Leixlip; Denn.

Group 4 - Killererin; Downpatrick; Glenullin; Cortown.

Group 5 - Castlewellan; Tullamore; Tourlestrane; An Tochair.

Group 6 - Mullaghbawn; Allenwood; Athlone; Parnells (London).

Group 7 - Kilmacud Crokes; Radar; Clonduff; Bannow-Ballymitty.

Group 8 - Ballina Stephenites; Clan na Gael; Armagh); Wrathfully; St Patrick’s (Louth).

Group 9 - Bryansford; Skryne; St Enda’s (Tyrone); Bray Emmetts.

Group 10 - Ballinascreen; Rhode; St Olaf’s (Dublin); Castleisland Desmonds.

Group 11 - Aodh Ruadh; Kilmainhamwood; St Gall’s; Clashmore/Kinsalebeg.

Group 12 - Arles-Kilcruise; Kilcoo; Kingscourt; Clonguish.

Venues: Glenalbyn - groups 1/2: St Benildus College - groups 3/4: Silverpark - groups 5/6/7/8: Clonkeen College - groups 9/10/11/12.

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