Stillorgan set for festival of hurling

Hurling enthusiasts from all over the country will flock to Stillorgan on Saturday week - September 1 - for a hurling event that will kick start this year's All-Ireland Hurling finals weekend - the AIB Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Hurling Sevens.

Hurling enthusiasts from all over the country will flock to Stillorgan on Saturday week - September 1 - for a hurling event that will kick start this year's All-Ireland Hurling finals weekend - the AIB Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Hurling Sevens.

The Hurling Sevens tournament has been running since 1973 and is certainly a key event in the GAA calendar.

Clubs from all over the country will converge on the south Dublin venue to battle it out for one of the most prestigious prizes in club hurling.

Forty teams will take part in the senior competition, whilst 16 teams will compete for the Shield.

A host of inter-county players can be seen in action at the Kilmacud Sevens - last year's winners, Erin's Own from Cork, will be represented by some of their key players including Cian O'Connor and Kieran 'Hero' Murphy.

Joe Deane will also tog out on the day for his club Killeagh, whilst John Lee and current Galway captain David Collins will be keen to make a bid for the title with their club Liam Mellows.

Host club Kilmacud Crokes and Dublin Under-21 hurlers Ross O'Carroll and Shane O'Rorke will also line out, whilst Dublin senior hurling captain Philip Brennan will be competing with his club O'Tooles.

Ronan Fallon and Diarmuid Connolly from St. Vincent's will also take part.

Waterford's John Mullane and Brian Phelan, both from De La Salle, will see action, whilst potential Hurler of the Year Dan Shanahan will take the field for his club Lismore.

Adare and Patrickswell will represent Limerick, whilst St. Lachtain's from Kilkenny will also compete.

The group matches are being played in a number of venues around the Stillorgan hub including Saint Benildus College, Clonkeen College and Silverpark on the Leopardstown Road.

The quarter-finals will start at Kilmacud's home ground of Glenalbyn in Stillorgan at 2.30pm, with the main final throwing in at 6.45pm.

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