Sean Cavanagh, the 3-time All-Ireland winner with Tyrone may have retired from inter-county football but he was on hand yesterday to launch this year’s Volkswagen All-Ireland Senior Football Sevens tournament, which will take place in Kilmacud Crokes GAA club on Saturday 16th September, on the eve of the All-Ireland football final.
For over forty years, Kilmacud Crokes along with the support of neighbouring Naomh Olaf’s, have hosted Ireland’s premier sevens competition.
It is fully established as a permanent fixture in the GAA calendar with top teams from around the country descending on the Stillorgan club to compete for the All-Ireland title that has been won by some of the most successful clubs in Ireland, including St. Galls from Antrim and Corofin from Galway.
Volkswagen Sevens TV will also make a return this year with highlights shown on social media channels throughout the day.
“All-Ireland final week is always a very special, unique time in the Irish sporting calendar and we are very excited to be a part of the All Ireland Senior Football Sevens this weekend in Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club,” said Gerrit Heimberg, Director for Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
“We are especially pleased to be able to provide Volkswagen Sevens TV once more as we know it was a very popular feature last year, providing people across the country with a chance to see the highlights in near real time.”
“We have 35 dealers nationwide and can see first-hand the important role the GAA plays in communities across Ireland.”
Speaking at the launch of the competition Sean Fox, Chairman of Kilmacud Crokes Football said “We are very proud of the long and successful history associated with this tournament.”
“The interest and popularity of the competition have grown annually and it’s great to have an iconic brand such as Volkswagen on board again this year. I am really looking forward to seeing some fantastic football skill coming out in full force today.”
Throw in for the first game takes place at 10.30am on Saturday 16th September and each team will play a minimum of three games before the winners’ advance towards the final event which takes place that evening in Stillorgan.
The GAA, as well as All Ireland Championship sponsors AIB and eir are among the more than 220 organisations that play an active part of the Sport for Business community.