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Is This The Best Setting In The World For A GAA Tournament?

Is This The Best Setting In The World For A GAA Tournament?

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All eyes will be on Croke Park this Sunday but when it comes to impressive backdrops, Inis Óirr trumped the capital when they played host to the All Islands All Ireland tournament last weekend.

Nine islands, namely Clare Island, Inis Meáin, Bere Island, Inis Mór, Whiddy Island, Aranmore, Inis Óirr, Inishturk and Inishbofin, took part, with Clare Island winning their third All Ireland title in a row.

They beat Inishbofin 1-6 to 0-5 in the final, who had reached their first final for ten years. While obviously disappointed, Inishbofin player Luke Murray was in good spirits when he chatted to us, saying, 'The football is fiercely contested on the day, but above all the weekend serves as a rare opportunity for island people to come together and socialise. Friendships are forged, rivalries are renewed and everyone enjoys themselves immensely.'

He's already looking forward to travel to Aranmore for next year's tournament. Thanks to Victoria Nic Ghearóid, Simon Cloonan, Grainne Kelly and Shirley Atsyspro for these photos from the tournament.

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The wonderful pitch on Inis Óirr.

the wonderful pitch on inis óirr

Inishturk v Inis Óirr

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Inishturk v Inis Óirr

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Clare Island winners arrive home

clare island winners arrive home

Clare Island Ladies v Inis Meáin

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Alec Brown, Arranmore piper for the games

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Alec Brown, Arranmore piper for the games, played the national anthem to begin tournament

Whiddy Island Ladies v Inis Meáin

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Inishbofin v Whiddy Island

Inishbofin v Whiddy Island

Spot the ball: Throw-in of the final, Clare Island v Inishbofin

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Inishturk v Inis Óirr

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Inishbofin team, finalists for the first time in ten years

Inishbofin team, finalists for the first time in ten years!

Clare Island, winners

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Mark Farrelly
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Balls Media Audience Development Manager. Former Miss World 1997 contestant.

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