It is expected that up to 8,000 people, between teams and supporters, will visit Erris for the tournament which gets under way this Friday evening, June 4, and concludes on Monday afternoon with the senior final.

Coinciding with the Comórtas will be a visit by the President of the GAA Christy Cooney who will officially open the club’s pitches and clubhouse, which have been developed over the past two years at an estimated cost of €1.2 million. Mr Cooney will perform the official opening at 1pm on Monday.

Eleven junior clubs and eight senior clubs will take part with six clubs also registered for the ladies competition. The clubs are drawn from London, Belfast, Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Meath.

As well as the football, Cumann Béal an Mhuirthead has organised a number of fringe events including golf, rod angling, walks, question time, currach racing, céilithe and traditional music sessions.

“There is a record number of teams taking part this year,” said John Gallagher, Club Chairman, “and we expect anything up to 10,000 people to visit. It will provide a welcome economic boost to all of Erris.”

Shell E&P Ireland Limited are this year’s main sponsors of the Comórtas, along with Údarás na Gaeltachta, Raidió na Gaeltachta and TG4.