Destination Buenos Aires for All-Star hurlers

The GAA has today announced that the GAA All-Stars tour will return to Buenos Aires in December when the 2008 and 2009 hurlers travel to the Argentine capital for the second time in eight years.

The GAA has today announced that the GAA All-Stars tour will return to Buenos Aires in December when the 2008 and 2009 hurlers travel to the Argentine capital for the second time in eight years.

The tour last visited the South American city, which has strong Irish links, back in 2001 and the same city provides the destination for this year's tour.

Travel arrangements and dates will be finalised shortly and the 2009 line-up of players will be selected in the weeks after this year's All-Ireland SHC final.

GAA President Christy Cooney said: "We're delighted to be able to confirm that the GAA All-Stars tour will call on Buenos Aires this year, meaning it will become one of the few destinations to host the tour for a second time since the scheme's revival back in 2000.

"The decision to return to the city will be warmly welcomed by our players and the Irish community in that city after the positive experiences of the 2001 tour.

"Members of that community have fascinating links with the game of hurling and it's fitting that they will get another chance to witness in the flesh some of our finest players in action so far from home.

"We also view the decision to proceed with the tour at what is a challenging time in light of the current challenging economic situation as a further commitment to player welfare and we look forward to seeing so many of our top hurlers in South America in the run-up to Christmas."

Since the tour's revival in 2000 when the footballers travelled to Dubai, the GAA All-Stars, have travelled to Buenos Aires (2001), San Diego (2002), Hong Kong (2003), Arizona (2004), Singapore (2005), Dubai (2006), New York (2007), and San Francisco (2008).

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