In the dead of winter in 1969 a group of football players from Corca Dhuibhne (Corkaguiney) in Co. Kerry set off on an unlikely journey, 320 miles by road through snow and frost in an old crock of a bus, to play a challenge game in Gweedore, County Donegal. Thus began the great adventure that has been the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta.
From the friendships that were born during that challenge game adventure and the bonds that were built between two Gaeltacht communities, the Gaeltacht Football Competition was born. Today, the competition is one of the largest and most important cultural events in the country.
This book, edited by the journalist Seán Mac an tSíthigh on behalf of the Gaeltacht Football Association, shines a light on the early days of the competition, and gives a fascinating account of the driving circumstances and personalities that built the football movement and these communities. The book also includes fond memories of former players and loyal followers.
An Síol a Cuireadh sa tSneachta gives an insight into the vision, the philosophy and the accomplishments of the pioneers who started the Gaeltacht Football Competition and it gives glimpses of the fun, the festivities and the community that is at the heart of the competition's events and that ensures that the Gaeltacht communities are all the richer and the stronger for it.