Gaelic Games Ireland

Gaelic Games Ireland 2018

Croke Park

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Whether you are traveling from Dublin Airport, Kerry Airport, Shannon Airport, Dublin City or any Irish destination taking the time out to experience a bit of irish culture is a must! GAA is part of Irelands history, and trust us it is one of the most exciting sports around.

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Throughout the year both club and county Gaelic (GAA) games dominate the sporting calendar but if you ae lucky enough that your trip to Ireland should fall between May and September, you will physically notice the atmosphere of excitement, you’ll over hear the heated debates and you won’t be able to miss the colourful array of jerseys and taking over the city streets Ireland. All this because it's GAA championship season! If you know you’re going to be in Ireland during these months we would suggest getting a ticket for any of the games, just to experience GAA first hand.

About Gaelic:

Formed in the late 1800’s in Thurles, Co Tipperary the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is not just a sport’s governing body, it also holds communities together.

Over 125 years later, the association has grown hugely and now encompass the whole country with every town, village or parish having a club and each county having teams that compete on the national stage, the GAA Championship.

The GAA is a way of life for many in Ireland with the greatest events being the All-Ireland Senior Championships in hurling, football and camogie.

Every county hopes to rise to victory in the September finals in Croke Park Stadium and lift the Liam McCarthy (hurling), Sam Maguire (football) or the O’Duffy (camogie) cups.


The Senior Football Championship is broken down into provincial qualification rounds (Ireland has four provinces – Ulster, Munster, Connaught and Leinster) It is played between two teams of 15 players on a rectangular grass pitch. The objective of the sport is to score by kicking or punching the ball into the other team's goals (3 points) or between two upright posts above the goals and over a crossbar above the ground (1 point).

Gaelic football is the most popular sport in Ireland in terms of attendance, and the final of the All-Ireland Senior Championship, held annually at Croke Park, Dublin, draws crowds of more than 80,000 people.


Hurling is commonly known as the fastest game on grass. Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin, administered by the GAA.

The game has prehistoric origins, has been played for over 3,000 years, and is considered to be the world’s fastest and one of the most dangerous gameplay sport.

One of Ireland’s native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, number of players, and a lot of terminology.

There is also a similar, equally fast paced game for women called camogie. It shares a common Gaelic root with the sport of shinty which is played predominantly in Scotland.

Croke Park Stadium:

Experiencing a match in Croke Park Stadium is exhilarating. From the atmospheric historic grounds, the easy fun in the stands, to the thrilling games unfolding on the hallowed turf, you are sure to be swept away by the pure pleasure of match day.

Ideally located on the north side of Dublin just 1km from the city centre, easily gotten to in your Car Rental Ireland Car, the stadium has been expanded and redeveloped many times since it opened over 100 years ago. It is now the third largest stadium in Europe with a match day capacity of 82,300.

There you have it, everything you need to know about GAA, now you just need to decide which County team you support!

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