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What is GAA?

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is a community-based volunteer organisation promoting Gaelic games, culture and lifelong participation.

We welcome everybody to be part of our Association. Our vision is that everybody has the opportunity to be welcomed to take part in our games and culture, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to keep a lifelong engagement with our Association.

The GAA has over 2,200 in all 32 counties in Ireland and over 400 clubs promoting activities of the GAA all over the world.

For more information you can take a look at the official GAA website here.

What is Gaelic Football?

This exciting sport combines the skills and scoring of basketball, the impact of rugby and the speed of some of the world’s fastest sports. Gaelic Football is Ireland’s most popular spectator sport and, not surprisingly with the spread of the Irish diaspora, it’s been exported all over the world. The fast paced and dynamic game of Gaelic Football offers all players, regardless of background or experience, an exciting challenge and a welcoming community.

Click here to see some Gaelic Football in action and learn about the rules.

What is Hurling /

Camogie?

Hurling is a distinctly Irish field invasion game played with a stick, called a hurley, and a ball called a sliotar. The ladies’ version of the game is called Camogie but the rules are very similar. Hurling is known as the fastest field game in the world and is like a cross between hockey, lacrosse and baseball. The sliotar can be struck on the ground using the hurley or raised and struck in the air.

Hurling is older than the recorded history of Ireland. It is thought to predate Christianity, having come to Ireland with the Celts. It has been a distinct Irish pastime for at least 3000 years. The earliest written references to the sport in Brehon law date from the fifth century.

Click here to see the game of Hurling in action and learn about the rules.