Singapore trip for hurling All-Stars

Singapore has been confirmed as the venue for the Vodafone GAA All-Stars tour in January.

Singapore has been confirmed as the venue for the Vodafone GAA All-Stars tour in January.

The All-Star hurlers of 2004 and 2005 will fly to Asia on Wednesday, January 18 and will return a week later.

The highlight of the visit will be an exhibition game between the two selections to be played at the Singapore Polo Grounds on Saturday, January 21. This All-Star team from a nominations list of 45 players will be announced on Wednesday, November 23.

The visit is being hosted by the local GAA club, the Gaelic Lions. With a multi-national membership, the club enjoys an excellent profile in Singapore and works closely with other local and Irish community groups.

Singapore is the latest venue to host the All-Stars since the tours were revived under Vodafone's sponsorship in 2000. The All-Star hurlers have travelled to Buenos Aires, Phoenix and Las Vegas, while the footballers have visited Dubai, San Diego and Hong Kong.

President of the GAA Sean Kelly said: "The footballers' visit to Hong Kong (last January) was a wonderful experience to witness the enthusiasm and the drive of the Irish community and indeed the local community in Hong Kong for Gaelic Games and I am assured that we will enjoy an even more rapturous reception in Singapore."

Helen Marks, Head of Brand and Marketing Communications with Vodafone Ireland, said the company was delighted with the choice of venue. "As well as providing a reward for the players, these tours reach out to Irish communities across the world. The appreciation of the presence of the great players of Gaelic Games is extraordinary."

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