International students at UL get a taste of GAA with special tournament

Participants with the Limerick Language Centre team during Go Gaelic International Gaelic Football Tournament, University of Limerick  Picture: Gareth Williams

Participants with the Limerick Language Centre team during Go Gaelic International Gaelic Football Tournament, University of Limerick Picture: Gareth Williams

INTERNATIONAL students from higher education institutions all over Ireland have competed against one another in a Gaelic football tournament at the University of Limerick.

Teams of nine male and female players, representing over 25 countries, including Romania, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and India, vied for the title of International Intervarsity Gaelic Football Champions on UL’s north campus pitches.

The event was organised by the UL International Education Division and ‘Go Gaelic’, a Clare-based company that first introduced the students to Gaelic games through a series of tutorials conducted around the country at the start of the Autumn semester.

Limerick Language Centre were the winners on the day, with the UL team running a close second.

The Shield competition was also won by a Limerick side, with LIT taking the honours.

This is the second year of the tournament at UL and numbers have grown considerably since last year’s event.

Yvonne Crosse, of the International Education Division at UL, said the campus welcomes over 2,000 International students  annually and tournaments such as this are a great way to introduce students to Irish culture.