New book celebrates 40 years of Feile na nGael

A new publication commemorating the Féile competition on the occasion of its 40th staging has just been published. It recalls the history of the competition since its inception through the voices of many of those who have been central to the competition across the various venues during the past four decades.

A new publication commemorating the Féile competition on the occasion of its 40th staging has just been published. It recalls the history of the competition since its inception through the voices of many of those who have been central to the competition across the various venues during the past four decades.

Highlights will include a feature on Division 3 winners of the inaugural File in 1971, Dungiven from Derry who were hosted by Moneygall, the home club of the File founder Semus Riain.

The publication will examine the history of File, the numbers and the people involved. What precisely does hosting File entail and what makes it a successful event?

Other major features of the publication will be a look at the recent winners including Kilmacud Crokes and Castleknock whose wins have mirrored the recent revival in Dublin hurling. These successes will be placed in the context of the general revival of Dublin hurling and those involved in the successes of these clubs will tell their stories. An interview with Anthony Daly, the current Dublin hurling manager, will examine his views on Dublin's hurling development.

This years winners, Turloughmore of Galway, will also feature strongly, as will the James Stephens club of Kilkenny, who have an unrivalled record in File. Also featured will be a breakdown of finalists from all divisions over the last forty years of the competition.

An interview with Paudie Butler, National Hurling Development Coordinator, will address not only the significance of File as a promotional outlet for hurling, but will also examine his views on the future of hurling and the extent to which it can progress.

Also included will be forewords from Uachtarn na hEireann Ms Mary McAleese, Uachtarn CLG Christy Cooney, and of course the sponsors, Coca-Cola. Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ms. Mary Hanafin T.D. also includes a message.

Many of the participants in File over the decades have gone on to great achievements at adult level. A selection of such players will recall their File memories, such as Brian Whelehan of Offaly, a member of the Team of the Millennium, Cork's Tom Cashman, Tipp's Bobby Ryan and former Clare supremo Ger Loughnane.

Priced at just €6.95 / Stg5.80, the publication is A4 in size and contains 64 full-colour pages. Centre-page full-size photographs of some of the featured clubs will surely adorn many a wall throughout the land. The publication will be made available to every participant in this year's File, as well as being widely available throughout the country, through sale by participating clubs, in which case profits generated will revert directly to those clubs. It will also be distributed to newsagents nationwide.

For information on availability or to order a copy, please email feile2010@ireland.com