The ability of Páidí O’Sé to attract sporting, commercial and Governmental engagement has not dimmed since his tragic passing. Details were announced on Tuesday of the 24th Comórtas Peile Páidi O’Se tournament to take place later this month.
The event was launched in Dublin by members of the O’Sé family and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a reception in the Burlington Hotel.
The sponsors of the tournament this year include Eurospar, Cuisine de France, Irish Life, The Gathering, Lee Strand Co-op and Newstalk Radio.
This year’s invitational Ladies and Men’s GAA football tournament will take place from 22nd -24th February all over the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry and will involve no fewer than 48 teams drawn from 13 counties across Ireland as well as 15 teams from England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Wales and Belgium.
“The Comórtas was my Dad’s personal contribution to The Gathering initiative and the football tournament was his annual effort to promote the Kerry Gaeltacht and West Kerry region that he loved so much,” said O’Sé’s son Padraig. “He would have been delighted to see the efforts by all the teams and our main partners Eurospar and Cuisine de France to remain committed to the tournament this year and long may it continue in his honour.”
The tournament will attract over 1,300 participants to the region and is an eclectic mix of sport, music, friendship, a photographic exhibition in the family pub in Ventry and a special memorial mass on the Sunday morning.
“As an Irish owned, locally based supermarket group, Eurospar is delighted and proud to be supporting this wonderful community initiative,” said CEO Leo Crawford. “This year’s event will be particularly poignant as we honour and celebrate the life of Páidi.”
It is a remarkable feat to pull off such an international gathering and is particularly noteworthy in following growing international practice of giving equal billing to women’s sport throughout the weekend.