WIT Arena prepares to host Renault World GAA Games

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The initial stages of the games will be played at the state-of-the-art WIT Arena from Monday 29 July to Thursday 1 August and is free to all. The finals will take place on Friday, 2 August in Croke Park.

The initial stages of the games will be played at the state-of-the-art WIT Arena from Monday 29 July to Thursday 1 August and is free to all. The finals will take place on Friday, 2 August in Croke Park.

Entry is free to everyone and it promises to be an action packed few days that WIT is very excited to host in the WIT Arena

More than 85 teams from across the world are coming to Waterford to participate in the Renault World GAA Games and WIT has a major part to play. 

The initial stages of the games will be played at the state-of-the-art WIT Arena from Monday 29 July to Thursday 1 August and is free to all. The finals will take place on Friday, 2 August in Croke Park.

The event itself will be a celebration of sport and community, with the opening parade taking place in the city on Sunday, 28 July from 6.30pm.

Global games

This is the third-ever staging of what is a major international festival and celebration of Gaelic Games participation all over the globe. The unique feature of the Renault GAA World Games is that there is competition for Irish-born and also native-born (non-Irish born) teams representing more than 10 regions round the world.

What's on

Overall schedule

Schedule by sport

WIT at heart of proceedings

Waterford Institute of Technology President, Prof Willie Donnelly speaking of the event stated: "The Institute is delighted to host the World GAA games. The GAA has a special place in the history and culture of Ireland, linking parishes to counties and provinces. The World GAA games is a celebration of the new multicultural Ireland, extending the link across Europe, the US, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, Britain, Australasia, India, Asia and the Middle East.

"The games provide an opportunity for many to come home, and for others to experience Ireland for the first time. It will no doubt be a carnival of sport with WIT and the WIT Arena at the heart of proceedings. We are very proud to be involved in such an event, and look forward to giving players, mentors, officials and of course supporters a great WIT welcome."

To further enhance local involvement, all GAA clubs in Waterford have been twinned with visiting teams, and will host their respective teams on the Tuesday evening of the event  30 July.

WIT Arena manager John Windle emphasised the magnitude of the event stating how "it is one of the largest sporting events to be hosted in the Arena to date. It has ensured that bed spaces in the city are at capacity for the duration in what is guaranteed to be a unique occasion that will capture the imagination of the people of Waterford".

Free attendance

He encouraged spectators to come out and experience the games first hand. "Entry is free to everyone and it promises to be an action packed few days that we are very excited to host here in the WIT Arena."

Attendance is free, with ample parking available at the WIT Arena/Waterford Greenway car parks at WIT's West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford.


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