Etihad Airways, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi
Tourism Authority, will bring Abu Dhabi its first taste of Irish
hurling, one of the world's fastest sports, when it hosts the M.
Donnelly Inter-Provincial Hurling Championship final on Saturday 14
March at 4pm.
The Irish inter-provincial final is one of the
biggest matches in the hurling calendar and will take place at the
Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, between Abu Dhabi and Dubai when
Ireland's top two teams battle it out in the Abu Dhabi final.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' executive vice president
marketing and product, said, "This will be an historic occasion
for both the UAE and Ireland and we are honoured to host such a
prestigious event in Abu Dhabi."
"There is a growing Irish
population living in the UAE and I'm sure they will be joined by
hundreds of sports fans on the day to experience
first-hand this amazing sport. Having experienced the
thrill of watching live hurling in Ireland I recommend
any sports enthusiasts to come and watch this fantastic
Christy Cooney, Gaelic
Athletic Association President-elect added, "This will be a novel
experience for our top level hurlers and everyone
involved with the tour. Although some of the best Gaelic
footballers played an All-Stars game in Dubai in 2007
this will be the first time top level hurling has
visited the region."
"It also presents us with another
chance to reach out and interact with the Irish
population in the UAE and especially those involved with
the GAA. We see it as a further extension of the
relationship with Etihad Airways that worked so well
last year over the course of the hurling championship."
Etihad is also a lead sponsor of
the Gaelic Athletic Association Hurling All-Ireland Senior
Championship, the country's premier hurling competition. Twelve
teams compete in a series of knock-out games each summer prior
to the Liam McCarthy Cup in September played in Ireland's capital,
Hurling is a game similar to field hockey and is
played with a small ball and a curved wooden stick, called a
hurley. It is also said to be Europe's oldest field game. The
sport is an integral part of Irish culture and one of the fastest
and most physical sports in the world.
In addition to the
final of the M. Donnelly Inter-Provincial Hurling Championship,
visitors to the Ghantoot Polo and Racing Club will be able to
enjoy a wide variety of entertainment for all the family including
the chance to hit a sliotar the game's ball with a hurley.
Tickets for the final are Dhs100 on the day, but a 25%discount is available to those who buy tickets prior to match day.
Children under the age of 12 gain free admittance.
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