Iomain Cholmcille Conamara 11 - 12 October 2013
Iomain Cholmcille, the international shinty/hurling competition between Irish speakers from Ireland and Gaelic speakers from Scotland will be held in Connemara this year. The sixth annual staging of the competition will be held in Mícheál Breathnach G.A.A grounds in Inverin, Co. Galway on Saturday, the 12th of October. Since its inception in 2007, shinty players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have battled it out, under compromise rules, with hurlers from the Mícheál Breathnach club in Connemara for ‘Corn Cholmcille’. In 2012, for the first time, ‘Fir Uladh’, a team comprising Irish speakers from Ulster, also took part in the competition and ‘Fir Uladh’ will again be partaking in this year’s event in Connemara.
Since the inaugural event in Oban in 2007, this competition has been held on three occasions in Scotland and twice in Ireland. The Micheál Breathnach club have been victorious on three occasions but it is the Scots who are currently in possession of ‘Corn Cholmcille’ after their second triumph in Portree on the Isle of Skye last year.
The competition receives support from ‘Colmcille’, an initiative which aims to foster and develop cultural links between Ireland and Scotland. According to ‘Colmcille’ this shinty/hurling exchange has been effective at the level of sport, language and community.