Irish Quidditch Teams to Compete for Victory at the Irish Quidditch Cup
Get ready to start celebrating Irish quidditch because on January 12, the best Muggle quidditch team in Ireland will be crowned at the Irish Quidditch Cup!
The three teams taking part in the competition are the Dublin Draíochta Dragons, a team of former Dragons, and an amalgamation of the Mid-Leinster Moontrimmers and the Limerick Lycans. Last year, the Dublin Draíochta Dragons topped the table and will be looking to do so again since a victory at the tournament will guarantee them more than just the Irish Cup.
The three teams are fighting not only for the right to call themselves the champions of Ireland but also for a coveted spot at the European Quidditch Cup. The European Quidditch Cup will allow the best teams in Europe to meet and play elite quidditch as regional clubs instead of in a national squad, such as at the International Quidditch Association World Cup.
For the first time, the Cup has been split into two divisions: Division One and Division Two. The top 32 teams in Europe will head to Harelbeke, Belgium, on May 11–12 while the next best 16 teams will compete in Warsaw, Poland, on April 13–14. Division Two is being billed as a slot to develop teams on the edge of joining the very best by providing a powerful opportunity to play against fantastic teams from across Europe all operating at a similar level.
Ireland has a guaranteed spot in Division Two that will see the winning team compete against other European teams, including teams from Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
The Irish Cup won’t only feature the three competing teams to play, though. With the all-important matches due to finish early on in the day, the second part of the day will consist of a fantasy tournament where anybody is able to play in a mixed team.
Kevin Daly, President of Quidditch Ireland, has stated that he believes that the Cup will showcase the quidditch talent growing within Ireland.
The Irish Quidditch Cup will now show the tactical facets of our different clubs as they are all hungry now for a spot amongst the best clubs in Europe and the tournament will serve as an example for Ireland as a spot for future sporting events.
The event is taking place at Trinity College Dublin and will be free to watch! You can check out further information about the event here.