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The Gathering Dublin concludes with Ireland defeating Wales in basketball

We could not have asked for a better conclusion to the Gathering Dublin then what we saw two Saturdays ago, in the National Basketball Arena, in Tallaght. Irish men and women came together to take on Welsh select squads in games of basketball as part of The Gathering Shield and had decisive victories in both games. The Irish Women's Premier League All-Stars defeated the Welsh select squad 90-34, while the Men's Premier League All-Stars defeated their counterparts 90-47.

And thus it brings a conclusion to our year of events. The day before The Gathering Shield we had a bridge Gathering in Citywest Hotel and Conference Resort, which saw a variety of national and international visitors competing for the overall cash prize. And that was just one weekend!

We had nearly 40 events over the year, from Baseball to Cricket, with three games of American Football in Tallaght Stadium with free admission for roaring fans. We had family Gatherings, artistic Gatherings, Poker Gatherings and Kickboxing Gatherings. A lot of different sports, a host of interesting tournaments and many, many satisfied visitors.

It's been a great year for us at The Gathering Dublin, welcoming our international visitors and seeing the local communities get involved. A big thanks to all our volunteers who helped out at the tournaments and a fond goodbye to the sporting organisations who helped make it happen. We've already got tournaments lined up for the next two years that spun out of what was run this year, so let's hope that in the near future we can once again work together and show the world the spirit of competition and friendliness of character that the Irish are famous for!

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Slán abhaile to all our visitors travelling home!

 

Greendell Falcons from Canada to participate in Gathering Bowl in Ireland

 

For immediate release 10th June 2013

 

This August, the Greendell Falcons will be traveling to Ireland with over 50 players, coaching staff, team officials and parents.  The trip is a first for the club with the players and club fundraising for nearly a year in advance of the trip. The Falcons “Euroteam” consists of players from 16-19 years of age pulled from two different age divisions or teams within the Falcons Football club.

 

The Greendell Falcons Football Club is a community centre-based program and has been in existence for close to 40 years. Their program offers "Canadian rules" football to players starting at the age of 7 years, all the way to 22 years. 

 

Their club has a diverse make up of nationalities and backgrounds including players from the English and French Communities, Congolese and other African Countries, as well as Aboriginal and Metis athletes, and even some born in Ireland!

The Community Centre base makes the program accessible to everyone. A large number of players may never again travel outside of Canada.  The chance to travel to Ireland and experience the culture and history is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the majority of the players, which has them very excited. 

 

Yvonne Hansen Convenor of Greendell Falcon Football Program and an Irish native, commented on the skills that will be learned and the excitement amongst the travelling team, “We are all looking forward to the many tours planned for our team while in Ireland, as well as having the chance to see how we can adapt to "American rules" kitted football.  While the basic game is the same, there are a lot of adjustments that we need to make in our play for the "American" game, some of which are very foreign to our players and coaches.  A smaller field and less players on the field are only a couple of differences we need to adapt to. The Falcon Euro Team is comprised of players from two of our teams, the older players from our 15-17 year old team, and the younger players from our 18-22 year old team, and without exception the players are extremely excited about participating in this new opportunity.”

 

Comment from IAFA

 

You can see the Greendell Falcons play in the Gathering Bowl at Tallaght Stadium from the 30th of August, 31st of August and 1st of September 2013.

 

Admission is FREE, but pre registered tickets are available from mid July on www.americanfootball.ie.

 

For further information log on to www.thegatheringdublin.com.

 

ENDS

 

For media queries: 

Yvonne Hansen
Convenor
Greendell Falcon Football Program
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 204-253-6713 / 204-232-5335

 

For media queries within Ireland:

Sarah Brooks

Tourism Executive
South Dublin County Tourism Ltd.
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 Europe's American Football Elite Gather on the Gridiron

14th June 2013

On the 29th & 30th June, four of Europe's best amateur American Football clubs will battle it out to win the title of Western European Champion in the 2013 Atlantic Cup.

This is the fifth year of the Championships and this year is being hosted by the Irish American Football Association (IAFA) in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin.  IAFA is also proud to host these Championships as part of The Gathering Dublin in association with South Dublin County Council, South Dublin Tourism and The Gathering Ireland. The Atlantic Cup is one of three events IAFA is hosting as part of The Gathering Dublin.

Founded in 2008, the Atlantic Cup is a regular fixture in the European Federation of American Football (EFAF) calendar.  This year 4 teams are taking part - the Amersfoort Untouchables from the Netherlands, the Brussels Tigers from Belgium, Northern Ireland’s Belfast Trojans and local team Trinity College Dublin. This is the first year that two Shamrock Bowl Conference teams – Belfast and Trinity College - have contested the tournament. The Brussels Tigers and Belfast Trojans have both posted an impressive 100% win record in their domestic leagues.

The semi-finals will take place on Saturday 29th June and the Final and 3rd place play-off on Sunday 30th

Tickets for this event are available from www.eventbrite.ie/event/7065736809/22100 or the IAFA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/iafaireland.  As this event is part of The Gathering Dublin, tickets are free of charge to open the event up to as many people from around Ireland and Europe as possible.

Full details of all fixtures and further information on all four teams are available on the IAFA website at www.americanfootball.ie.

For more information on the Gathering Dublin www.thegatheringdublin.com.

ENDS

 

Information for media

Irish American Football Association

The Irish American Football Association is the NGB for American Football in Ireland. Recognised by both the Irish Sports Council and EFAF, its remit is to manage American Football activities in Ireland, including two leagues, 17 full-contact teams and officiating and promote the sport around the country. IAFA is hosting three events as part of The Gathering Dublin; the Atlantic Cup 2013, Shamrock Bowl XXVII (Irish Championship game) and the Gathering Bowl, a festival-style event with teams from the US.

European Federation of American Football

EFAF is a pan-European organisation responsible for the management and promotion of the sport of American Football across its 32 member Federations.  EFAF runs a number of events for all levels of American Football and represents more than 120,000 players across Europe at an International level.  Further information can be accessed at www.efaf.de 

The Gathering Dublin

The Gathering Dublin organised by the South Dublin County Tourism as part of the Gathering Ireland series of events.  Its goal is to encourage visitors from the US and Europe to come to Ireland and experience all South Dublin has to offer by engaging with local groups and associations to promote their activities.  

Further details are available at www.thegatheringdublin.com

For media enquiries, please contact the IAFA Director of Communications Russell Kerley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Atlantic Cup Event Coordinator Maurice Cosgrave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Gathering Dublin enquiries, please contact Sarah Brooks, Tourism Executive at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01 4149339. 

 

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) - Sport National Wheelchair Basketball Cup

The IWA-Sport will host their National Wheelchair Basketball Cup this June 22nd in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

The event which will be jointly hosted by the IWA-Sport, Gathering Dublin, Basketball Ireland and South Dublin County Sports Partnership, will welcome teams from across the country to the home of Irish Basketball.

Speaking about the event, Mark Barry, Sport Development Officer, IWA-Sport said,

“This tournament is a great opportunity for the wheelchair basketball clubs in Ireland to showcase their talent and skill in the National Basketball Arena.”

“IWA-Sport, Basketball Ireland and our six competing teams have invested a lot over the past number of years with their respective development programmes. We are now seeing the results of this as many new up-and-coming players are breaking through from Senior and Junior Development up to their respective Senior Squads.”

On the day, the Paddy Byrne Cup will be contested by the two teams that finish top of the league. The third through to sixth placed teams at the end of the league season will compete for the Martin Greene/Tom Walsh Cup and Gerard Larkin Cup respectively.

Admission: FREE.

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013

Venue: National Basketball Arena.

For further information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.basketballireland.ie

 

Greendell Falcons from Canada to participate in Gathering Bowl in Ireland

For immediate release 10th June 2013

This August, the Greendell Falcons will be traveling to Ireland with over 50 players, coaching staff, team officials and parents.  The trip is a first for the club with the players and club fundraising for nearly a year in advance of the trip. The Falcons “Euroteam” consists of players from 16-19 years of age pulled from two different age divisions or teams within the Falcons Football club.

The Greendell Falcons Football Club is a community centre-based program and has been in existence for close to 40 years. Their program offers "Canadian rules" football to players starting at the age of 7 years, all the way to 22 years. 

Their club has a diverse make up of nationalities and backgrounds including players from the English and French Communities, Congolese and other African Countries, as well as Aboriginal and Metis athletes, and even some born in Ireland!

The Community Centre base makes the program accessible to everyone. A large number of players may never again travel outside of Canada.  The chance to travel to Ireland and experience the culture and history is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the majority of the players, which has them very excited. 

Yvonne Hansen Convenor of Greendell Falcon Football Program and an Irish native, commented on the skills that will be learned and the excitement amongst the travelling team, “We are all looking forward to the many tours planned for our team while in Ireland, as well as having the chance to see how we can adapt to "American rules" kitted football.  While the basic game is the same, there are a lot of adjustments that we need to make in our play for the "American" game, some of which are very foreign to our players and coaches.  A smaller field and less players on the field are only a couple of differences we need to adapt to. The Falcon Euro Team is comprised of players from two of our teams, the older players from our 15-17 year old team, and the younger players from our 18-22 year old team, and without exception the players are extremely excited about participating in this new opportunity.”

Comment from IAFA

You can see the Greendell Falcons play in the Gathering Bowl at Tallaght Stadium from the 30th of August, 31st of August and 1st of September 2013.

Admission is FREE, but pre registered tickets are available from mid July on www.americanfootball.ie.

For further information log on to www.thegatheringdublin.com.

ENDS

For media queries: 

Yvonne Hansen
Convenor
Greendell Falcon Football Program
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 204-253-6713 / 204-232-5335 

For media queries within Ireland:

Sarah Brooks
Tourism Executive
South Dublin County Tourism Ltd.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone +353 (0)1 4149339

 

Baseball Ireland Peter O’Malley Invitational Tournament

For immediate release 05 July 2013

This month baseball teams from the US and UK will face off against the Irish National team in Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland, to honour recent Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Peter O'Malley. The first Peter O'Malley Invitational Tournament will take place in the South Dublin County venue July 12-14. Teams representing the US Navy and the British Baseball League take on the best baseball players in Ireland and an international team of 'all-stars' in Baseball Ireland's contribution to the Gathering Dublin in association with South Dublin County Tourism Ltd in partnership with South Dublin County Council, Fingal Leader Partnership and The Gathering Ireland

Tournament organiser Mike Kindle explained the reason for the tournament's name, "Peter O'Malley's family used to own a team called the Los Angeles Dodgers. We got to know him in the early 90s when we were setting up the Irish Baseball League. He wanted to help the development of baseball in Ireland as he a really proud Irish guy. When he heard about us and developing the sport and that we played our matches on rugby and football pitches, he said, 'that’s enough!' He donated about 140,000 dollars for us to build the facility out in Corkagh Park. He’s a really lovely guy. He stays in constant contact with us with regard to keeping things going and you know, fighting the good fight for us in Irish America."

The tournament will add an international element to Baseball Ireland's traditional midsummer classic, usually consisting of games against a single touring side, as it will see two non-Irish teams playing baseball in Dublin for the first time since 1946, when two American teams returning from service in Britain in WWII played an exhibition game in Croke Park.  Kindle is hopeful the game's appeal can grow in Ireland. "Baseball is the second most widely played field sport on the planet, behind soccer, and there are approximately 120 countries that are affiliated with the International Baseball Federation and actively play internationally.  We're hoping people will see it being played for the first time and get involved, or get their kids playing Little League. I mean who doesn't like to hit something with a bat? It’s the greatest feeling in the world!"

The teams competing at Corkagh Park will be the US Naval Team the Rota Blue Devils; British Baseball League champions the Liverpool Trojans; Los Barbaros, a team representing Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, the USA, the UK, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Slovakia, Germany and other countries. The host team will be the Irish National Baseball Team, who will travel to Vienna, Austria for the European Championships after the tournament. A national youth baseball competition will also be held on Saturday 13th

"South Dublin County is the home of Irish Baseball," said Kindle, "and thanks to South Dublin County Council, Leader, our main sponsors SoftCo and all the Irish companies who are supporting the tournament, it's going to be home to a festival of sport and fun for all the family."

ENDS

 

Peter Kavanagh

Public Relations Officer, Baseball Ireland

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+353 (0)858056795

 

South Dublin will welcome WOMAA World Martial Arts Games in 2013!

20th June 2013

South Dublin County Tourism in partnership with South Dublin County Council, IPB Gathering Fund, Gathering Ireland and Citywest Hotel Conference & Event Centre will welcome the WOMAA World Martial Arts Games from the 9th – 11th of August.

The World Organisation of Martial Arts Games (WOMAA) was founded in1998 with an aim to host an international Martial Arts Tournament every year in a different country. The first games were held in Sydney Australia and they were a great success. The games have since been held in destinations including Spain, Hawaii, England, Mexico, Ireland, America, and Germany growing stronger and stronger year on year. The 2013 event will be welcomed to South Dublin County in August.  

The event is a gathering of martial arts participants, enthusiasts and their families from all over the world.  As 2013 is the year of the Gathering, WOMAA wished to participate in the national programme of festivals and events inviting those with connections or a love for Ireland to enjoy Ireland.

At present participating countries  include: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, England, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Norway, Wales, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Italy, Ghana, Bangladesh, Armenia, Slovenia, India, Portugal, Isle of Man, Jersey Islands, Georgia Republic, Jordan, Azerbaijan, Germany, Nigeria, Hungary, Nepal and Okinawa. The event is also expecting around 800+ international competitors, family members, guests, and spectators over the three day event.

This three day event will be a spectacular display of world class athletes competing in disciplines such as 17 divisions of Gi Grappling, 28 divisions of Freestyle Jujitsu, Full Contact Kickboxing and Mat Sports.

For further information http://womaa1.com.

 

Air Ryan Enterprises presents FlyThemHome.com

For immediate release 19th June 2013

FlyThemHome.com is a new venture from entrepreneur Ciara Ryan to help the Irish Diaspora purchase flights to visit family, friends and loved ones back home in Ireland.

The idea for Fly Them Home came about in the run up to the launch of The Gathering. Ciara Ryan, Founder of FlyThemHome.com had been talking to an old school friend who has been abroad for 5 years. “I thought wouldn’t it be great if all her friends could each donate a little towards her flight. A little from many would amount to a lot, affording her the opportunity to purchase a flight home when she otherwise couldn’t have afforded to.”

Ciara carried out research and discovered no site like this existed solely for flight funding. Given that a recent survey showed 300,000 people have emigrated from Ireland in the past four years, there are a lot of people suffering the pain of separation from their families and friends. A website developer was engaged and this process took approximately eight months. The website has now been live a short period and feedback has been very positive.

So how does it work? Fly Them Home is classed as a ‘Crowdfunding’ website. Crowdfunding explains the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support other people or organisations.

 

 “Our website provides a platform whereby friends, family members, or individuals abroad can create a Flight Fund page in order to raise funds for that flight home. A flight fund page is created by the individual or on behalf of the person abroad and is then promoted through social networking sites and through a unique link that only friends and relatives can see.” Ciara Ryan, Founder FlyThemHome.com

The site can also be used to fly relatives out to the country where their loved-ones have settled. They may wish to start a fund to fly their parents or siblings out to see them. That’s what crowdfunding is. Every small donation from the few amounts to a lot for one. Ciara says, “This is a simple and very cheap way to reunite emigrants with the people who love them most.”

For further information:

Website: www.flythemhome.com / www.airryan.ie  
E-mail: 
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Facebook: Search for Flythemhome.com and stay in touch!

For media information:

Ciara Ryan on +353 (0) 86 4510004

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Notes to editor:

This is the second venture of young entrepreneur Ciara Ryan (29). Ciara from Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland has obtained former success in creating, developing and implementing the Irish Farmer Calendar www.farmercalendar.com, which is now entering its fifth year of business.

 

The Handball Gathering

Organisation: Irish Olympic Handball Association (IOHA)

Event (s) Date (s): Friday August 30th to Sunday September 1st

Detail on your event: The IOHA Handball Gathering will see some of the best Irish Handball players (male and female teams) compete against teams from England, Scotland, Germany and Switzerland in an atmosphere of friendship and fun. The event which is being held in the Arena in Tallaght as part of the 2013 Gathering “Meet and Compete” series being run in association with South Dublin Tourism.

Facts about your Sport/ Activity: Olympic Handball or Handball as it is known around the world is played in over 100 countries. In Europe handball is the most popular ladies team sport while Men’s handball is second only to Football. Shots on goal can reach over 100km per hour ensuring plenty of excitement for players and spectators alike.

Contact Information: For more information on the IOHA Handball Gathering you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the IOHA directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

World’s leading CP International Football Teams get ready for action in South Dublin!

Release Date: 30th April 2013  

Republic of Ireland, USA, Scotland and The Netherlands will do battle from 5th to 11th of May in the inaugural Dublin Gathering CP International Tournament. The fixtures will take place at Peamount United FC, in Newcastle, South Dublin.

The tournament represents some of the highest standard of CP Football in Europe and beyond with The Netherlands ranked 5th, USA currently ranked 9th and Scotland 6th in the world. Republic of Ireland are no strangers to hosting International CP Tournaments having organized the CPISRA European Championships in UCD in 2006 and The St. Patrick’s Day Cup international tournament in 2011 hosted by this years venue Peamount United FC. Both the Netherlands and Scotland return two years after the St. Patricks Cup to Dublin hoping to reverse results against their hosts in 2013.

Throughout 2013 Ireland will open its arms to hundreds and thousands of families and friends from all over the world inviting them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities.

The Dublin Gathering International CP Tournament forms part of the overall strategy of getting Ireland's global diaspora home (and contributing to the local economy) while enjoying a first class International tournament and experiencing the best of local hospitality and attractions at the same time.

The Gathering Ireland is not one single event. It’s an exciting year-long celebration of Ireland, its people and all that is great about its connections, both at home and abroad. The Gathering Ireland invites anyone who has a link to Ireland or just a love of the country, to come to Ireland for a series of events throughout 2013. The Dublin Gathering CP International Tournament was launched last October in South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght by Michael Ring TD the Irish Minister of State, at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Oisin Jordan, National Co-ordinator for FAI’s Football for all programme said ‘’ This event will be a spectacular exhibition of the very high standard of football in international CP football but more importantly line in 2010 the tournament will put CP football on the map in the Irish football community and hopefully this exposure might unearth a number of new players who in the coming years might represent their country at the Paralympics in Brazil 2016. I am really looking forward to the competition and would like to welcome our colleagues from the 3 countries to Ireland and hope they enjoy their time in South Dublin.

Brenda O’Donnell, Director of Sport for Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland said “ this event sees a very welcome return to the calender following a succesfull St Patricks Day Cup 2 years ago.  The competition will provide a huge opportunity for our own players to demonstrate their skills and talents against the top teams in the world.  Undoubtedly there will be plenty of oppurtunities for new players to experience the atmosphere of CP football.  On Behalf of CPSI, I am really looking forward to the competition and would like to welcome USA, Scotland and Netherlands to Dublin and hope they enjoy their time here. 

The Tournament is supported by South Dublin County Council, South Dublin County Tourism Ltd, Fingal LEADER Partnership and Gathering Ireland. Mayor of South Dublin Cllr Cathal King remarked on the international teams in attendance; ‘’I am delighted to invite international teams and visitors to the area to compete in the Dublin Gathering CP International Tournament. South Dublin is Ireland’s premier business, sport and leisure destination. Don’t forget to ‘#MeetToCompete’ if you are attending the event!’’ 

A photo call will take place at Tallaght Stadium at 10.00 am on Friday 11th of May featuring all teams dressed in full match kit. Mayor Cathal King, SDCC and Willie Sheils, SDCC will also be present at this photo call to support the event. All Media are welcome to attend.

Tournament Details are as follows:

Monday 6th May

15.30 Republic of Ireland VS USA

17.30 Scotland VS Netherlands

Tuesday 7th May

15.30 USA VS Scotland

17.30 Netherlands VS Republic of Ireland

Thursday 9th May

15.30 USA VS Netherlands

17.30 Republic of Ireland VS Scotland

Saturday 11th May

13.30 3rd/4th place match

15.30 FINAL

All matches will take place at Peamount United, in Greenogue, Newcastle, Co. Dublin.

Peamount United Club shop will be open for the tournament where hot, cold drinks and confectionary will be for sale. 

Admission to all games is free of charge and all are encouraged to come along, cheer on the ‘boys in green’ and welcome our  visitors to South Dublin for what will be an action packed week of top class CP football in the spirit of Gathering Ireland 2013.

 

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2,900 competitors take part in the Irish Open, Dublin

For immediate release 05.03.13

The Irish Open 2013 took place at Citywest Hotel from the 1st to 3rd of March as part of the Gathering Dublin 2013. South Dublin County Tourism Ltd., in partnership with South Dublin County Council worked with Kickboxing Ireland and the Irish Martial Arts Commission to help support the event. The Gathering Dublin will incorporate almost 40 events in South Dublin County with approximately international visitor numbers of 20,000 from all over the world.

The event is organised every year by the Irish Open Volunteer Committee and Kickboxing Ireland.  Kickboxing Ireland is a National Governing Sporting Body for Kickboxing in Ireland under the Auspices of the Irish Martial Arts Commission. IMAC is a multi-disciplinary martial arts body and currently represents martial arts clubs throughout the 32 counties of Ireland. All profits from the event are donated annually to ISPCC.

‘The ISPCC is a charity very close to my heart and I am so happy that we can contribute to Childline every year’ said Roy Baker, President, Kickboxing Ireland.

Participants from different 36 countries and four continents, including Italy, Austria, Belgium, Chile,  Denmark, Germany, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, United States and Venezuela gathered in the Citywest Hotel, Conference, Leisure & Golf Resort for 3 days of competition.

Kickboxing Ireland and IMAC also announced that Ireland was successful in securing the 2015 Senior World Kickboxing Championships which will attract over 1,000 competitors and in 2016 The Junior World Championships with over 2,500 athletes attending.  This is a huge opportunity for Kickboxing and Martial Arts in Ireland to promote Ireland and Kickboxing nationally and internationally.

Mayor of South Dublin County Cathal King expressed ‘his delight at the dedication of young and old involved in martial arts in Ireland and welcomed the 2,900 competitors with coaches, referees and families from 36 different countries to South Dublin County’.

Mayor Cathal King was accompanied by Minister Leo Varadkar of Transport, Tourism & Sport and Chief Executive Officer Mr John Treacy of the Irish Sport Council.

Further details on the Irish Open click on www.irishopenonline.com

or the ISPCC click on www.ispcc.ie.

For more information on gathering events check out www.thegatheringdublin.com.

ENDS

For media information contact

Sarah Brooks, Tourism Executive, South Dublin County Tourism Ltd

01 4149339 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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