Social media star Abood Al Jumaili at Derry Martin McGuinness Gaelic Games Blitz

Former Iraqi refugee turned social media star and GAA ambassador will be taking centre stage at the Martin Mc Guinness Gaelic Blitz next month, it has been revealed.

By Brendan McDaid
Friday, 5th August 2022, 5:33 pm

Abood Al Jumaili left war-torn Baghdad for Ireland in 2008, when he was aged just nine. He fell in love with hurling as a teenager and his many hurling videos posted to social media led to him being appointed as Dublin GAA’s first ever Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador.

Confirming his involvement in this year’s event, a spokesperson for the Martin McGuinness Peace Foundation said: “We are delighted to announce that Abood Al Jumaili has agreed to present the medals at this year’s Gaelic Blitz competition on August 20.

“The competition will see over 1,200 young people competing at under 11.5 boys and girls Gaelic Football and under 9.5 Camogie and Hurling. The games will be played at a number of venues across the city with the finals being hosted in Celtic Park.”

The late Martin McGuinness. (Photo Hugh Gallagher)

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“We would encourage people to come along to support the young people as well as taking the opportunity to meet someone who from a very different background and tradition has embraced Gaelic games.”