It is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and is one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world. Deeply embedded in Irish culture, it is centred around community, respect culture and lifelong participation. The Gaelic Games is made up of 4 sports - Football, Hurling Camogie and Handball.
Gaelic football is similar to soccer except you are allowed to handle the ball. It’s played on a large pitch with H shaped goals at either end. Like hurling, a goal is worth three points and an “over” (getting the ball over the crossbar but between the uprights) is worth one point.
Hurling and Camogie are both hugely popular sports, and rank as the fastest paced field sport in the world and so require a phenomenal level of skill, great fitness and mental strength to play. Men play hurling and women play Camogie. It is best described as a cross between field hockey and lacrosse and is played with a stick and ball.
Gaelic Handball is a really simple ball game played in an indoor or outdoor alley – just like the internationally better-known sports of squash or racquetball but without the racquets.