GAA

The All-Ireland Championships and National Leagues are the highlights of the GAA Calendar. With 32 Counties in Ireland, as well as London and New York from the Britain GAA Provincial Council and World Games taking part, there is plenty of competition in the four most popular sports of Hurling, Gaelic Football, Camogie and Ladies Gaelic. Both Club and County honours are to sought, and in the GAA the season is split into a National League usually playing over the Winter Months followed by the All-Ireland Championships, usually fought out over the summer. The All-Ireland Club Finals take place around St. Patrick’s Day, and the All-Ireland County Championships in September.

Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football is one of the four original GAA Charter Sports of 1884, and the most popular, played to the highest level throughout the 32 Counties as well as 14 Counties around the World. It is 15-a-side and Goals (worth 3 Points) are scored as well as Points (Over the Bar – worth 1 Point). it is organised like most GAA Games on a County, Provincial and All-Ireland basis with Club Competitions providing the bedrock of the game, and the best club players representing their counties. Within both Club and County Competitions there is the League (usually run over the winter months) and the Championship (usually run over the summer months).

Featured Image: Photo Contributor: Dirk Hudson (2020) 14th August 2020, Dublin, Ireland. Various county team jerseys hanging up in the players dressing room under the Cusack Stand in Croke Park Stadium, located in Jones’ Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin. [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/14th-august-2020-dublin-ireland-various-1800336604 [Accessed 26 July 2022]

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GAA Gaelic Football

Hurling

Hurling is an ancient Gaelic Irish Sport, and one of the four Charter GAA Sports of 1884. It is played with a Hurl or Hurley (stick) and a sliotar (ball) and is one of the fastest team sports in the world. It is 15-a-side and Goals (worth 3 points) are scored as well as points (over the bar – worth one point). It is organised on a Club and County basis like most GAA Sports and has County, Provncial and All-Ireland Championships. Within both Club and County Championships there is the Hurling League (usually run over winter) and the Hurling Championship (usually run over summer). There are about 12 Top Level (Division 1) Counties that play for the Liam McCarthy Cup, as well as the Joe McDonagh Cup (Division 2), Christy Ring Cup (Division 3), and Nicky Rackard (Division 4) and Lory Meaghar Cups (Division 5). Outside of Ireland there are 14 Counties that also play Gaelic Football and sometimes Hurling, with London, Warwickshire and Lancashire taking part in the lower levels of the All-Ireland Championships.

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Irish GAA Stamp
Irish GAA Stamp

Camogie

Camogie is the ladies version of Hurling, with slightly different rules to suit them. It is also 15-a-side and is scored by either goals (worth 3 points) or points (over the bar – worth one point). It is played with a Camog (stick) and ball. It is organised, like most GAA sports on a Club and County basis, with County, Provincial, and All-Ireland Championships. The season is divided in both Club and County into a Camogie League (usually played over winter) and a Camogie Championship (usually played over summer).

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Ladies Gaelic Football

Ladies Gaelic Football, as its name suggests is the Ladies version of Ireland’s most popular sport, and can boast almost as much popularity, with 50,000 recently turning up at Croke Park for the Ladies Gaelic Football All-Ireland Championship Final. It is organised, like most GAA sports on a Club and County basis, with County, Provincial and All-Ireland Championships. The season is divided into a Football League (usually held over winter) and a Championship (usually held over summer). The scoring is similar to Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie, with a goal (worth 3 points) and a point (over the bar – worth one point). It is also 15-a-side like Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie.

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Connacht GAA

This is the GAA.world Archive of Connacht GAA Provincial and County Championships. It is an Ongoing Project and is part of the Eirball.ie – Irish, North American and World Sports Archives

Connacht GAA is the smallest of the four GAA Provinces, containg five counties: Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim. As well as organising their own County Championship and League each of the five counties sends the County Champions to represent them in the Connacht GAA Club Championshp. Below you will find links to the Results, Tables and Statistics of each of the five counties on the four main GAA sports: Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Gaelic.

CLG Liatroim / Leitrim GAA

CLG Ros Comáin / Roscommon GAA

CLG Sligeach / Sligo GAA

Sligo GAA is one of five traditional members of the Connacht GAA Provincial Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The four traditional sports of the GAA are Hurling, Gaelic Football, Handball and Rounders. Camogie is a Ladies version of Hurling and Ladies Gaelic is a Ladies version of Gaelic Football. In addition there are newer sports such as Poc Fada.

Leinster GAA

This is the GAA.world Archive of Leinster GAA Provincial and County Championships. It is an Ongoing Project and is part of the Eirball.ie – Irish, North American and World Sports Archives

There are 12 Counties in Leinster: Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Longford, Meath, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Wexford, as well as County Fingal which was created by the GAA in order to promote Hurling in non-traditional areas (in this case North Dublin).

Munster GAA

This is the GAA.world Archive of Munster GAA Provincial and County Championships. It is an Ongoing Project and is part of the Eirball.ie – Irish, North American and World Sports Archives

Munster GAA is one of the four Provincial Councils of the Gaelic Athletic Association, featuring the Counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Waterford. Each of these counties has its own County Championship and League in each of the four main sports: Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Gaelic. As well as the County Championships, the Provincial Councils organise the County and Club Provincial Chamionships. See below for links to the Results, Tables and Statistics associated with each of the six counties.

Ulster GAA

This is the GAA.world Archive of Ulster GAA Provincial and County Championships. It is an Ongoing Project and is part of the Eirball.ie – Irish, North American and World Sports Archives

Ulster GAA is one of 4 Provincial Councils of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland, covering the counties of Antrim, Down, Armagh, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan. Each of these Counties has its own County Championship and League, the winners of which compete for the Ulster Provincial Club Championship. See below for links to the Results, Tables and Statistics of each of the Ulster GAA Counties in Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Gaelic.

Britain GAA

This is the GAA.world Archive of Britain GAA Provincial and County Championships. It is an Ongoing Project and is part of the Eirball.sport – Irish All-Sports Archives

There are two GAA Provincial Councils outside Ireland: the World Games comprising New York, United States, Canada, Australasia, Europe, Asia and Middle East GAA Councils; and the Britain GAA Provincial Council comprising the GAA Counties of London, Warwickshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire and Scotland. Both have County Championships and Provincial Championships in Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Gaelic, although not all as yet have Hurling, Camogie or Ladies Gaelic Football Championships.

All-Britain Championships

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CLG na hAlban

CLG Londain / London GAA

London GAA Crest

Hertfordshire GAA

Hertfordshire GAA Crest

CLG Contae Warwick / Warwickshire GAA

Yorkshire GAA

Yorkshire GAA Crest

Americas GAA

All-American Games

New York GAA

United States GAA

Canada GAA

Gaelic Games Canada Crest
Gaelic Games Canada Crest

Argentina GAA

Buenos Aires Hurling Club.

Europe GAA

Gaelic Games Europe runs Gaelic Football competitions from Galicia in Northwest Iberia to Russia, and from Scandinavia to Italy. It includes at present the Gaelic Football Leagues in Brittany (Breizh) and Galicia (Galega) which are played entirely by Natives in a Celtic Revival.

All-Europe Games

Brittany GAA

Within Europe GAA, there are two Countries / Regions where the Gaelic Football is played entirely by Native Bretons in small towns and villages like in Ireland: Brittany (NW France) and Galicia (NW Iberia – Spain/Portugal). These two Celtic Countries both have Men’s and Women’s Leagues played on a weekly basis, rather than in tournaments like in the other World Games Counties.

Galicia GAA

Within Europe GAA, there are two Countries / Regions where the Gaelic Football is played entirely by Natives in small towns and villages like in Ireland: Brittany (NW France) and Galicia (NW Iberia – Spain/Portugal). These two Celtic Countries both have Men’s and Women’s Leagues played on a weekly basis, rather than in tournaments like in the other World Games Counties.

World GAA

Between 1900 and 1908 inculsive the Home Champions (32 Counties) played London for the All-Ireland Championship in both Gaelic Football and Hurling. The first International GAA played was the Tailteann Games of 1924-1932, and this was followed by the 1947 All-Ireland Football Final, which was held in New York. In the 1950s the St. Brendan’s Cup finals were held between New York and the National Football League & National Hurling League winners. In the 1960s there was the World Championship Cup between New York & The All-Ireland Champions.

From thereon New York & London played in the All-Ireland Championship in Football and London, Warwickshire & Lancashire in the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard & Lory Meaghar Cups in Hurling. The World Games is the latest development in the GAA’s World Programme: It is essentially a Provincial Championship for the Americas (New York, United States & Canada in Americas – Native Cup) & World Counties (Europe, Australasia, Asia & Middle East – Irish Cup) with development programmes in Russia, Africa, Caribbean, Latin America & Argentina.

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Asia GAA

Middle East GAA

Africa GAA Development

Development GAA

Gaeltacht GAA

About Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta

Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta is an All Ireland Football Championship held annually since 1969 between Club sides from the Gaeltacht Areas of Donegal (Ulster), Galway and Mayo (Connacht), Kerry, Cork and Waterford (Munster) and Meath (Leinster). [Reference: 8]

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