From Croke Park to Kerins O'Rahillys

The GAA has confirmed that the launch of the 2010 GAA Football Championship will take place in the Kingdom, home of the 2009 All-Ireland winners, when Tralee Club Kerins O'Rahilly hosts the event on Tuesday May 4. As part of the Association's ongoing commitment to elevate the profile and work of our Clubs across the Country the event moves from Croke Park to the County that captured the title in 2009.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana and Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Ó Dufaigh will both attend the event and players from all four Provinces will also be in attendance to mark the occasion.

The GAA President said: "We have placed a special emphasis on the importance of our Clubs at every turn over the past 12 months by assisting them to devise their own plans and strategies and by listening to their needs and concerns through the Ag Éisteacht programme, which has seen us visit Clubs across the country.

"The decision to take the launch event for the 2010 GAA Football Championship on the road and crucially to one of our Club units, is a further indication of our commitment to that approach.

"It is fitting that we should go to scenic Kerry, the home of the defending champions and I think our decision to host the event in Kerins O'Rahillys is an acknowledgement of the excellent work that they have overseen both on and off the field over a prolonged period.

"I am looking forward to the event and the official lift off of a championship that I have no doubt will illuminate our summer."