This year’s All-Ireland Hurling Weekend will begin, as it has for the last forty one years, on All-Ireland Saturday morning in Stillorgan, Dublin where many of the country’s top club hurling sides will compete in their ownAll-Ireland tournaments.
The One Direct All-Ireland Hurling Sevens, organised by Kilmacud Crokes G.A.A. Club and kindly sponsored by One Direct, was launched in Croke Park on Tuesday 27th August by Liam O’Neill, Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael.
Since its inception in 1973, this competition been graced by some of the greatest players and teams hurling has known. Names such as D.J. Carey, Jamesie O’Connor, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, John Leahy, Donal Og Cusack, Ollie and Joe Canning, are just a selection from the All-Star recipients that have taken part in the tournament. Proud club sides from all over the country, including Sarsfields(Cork), Feakle (Clare) and last years winners Mullagh (Galway) have all claimed the One Direct Cup, one of the most coveted prizes in club hurling.
Sevens Saturday is now as much a part of the All-Ireland weekend for many hurling followers as the trip to Croke Park itself. The day is about more than winning and losing. It has become a focal point for conversation, celebrations, for memories and the great tales of the heroes and characters of the game.
The Sevens form of the game emphasises good accurate striking, maintenance of possession and clinical score-taking. The All-Ireland Sevens games are invariably high scoring and physically tough encounters with the latter stages of the tournament being as tightly contested as any championship final.