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The Gaelic Games Experience - Dublin, Ireland


The Gaelic Games Experience - Dublin, Ireland

story by: Jo Wedlock

The Gaelic games are high intensity sports played in Ireland under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Gaelic football and hurling are the two main games but there are plenty of other favorites including Gaelic handball and rounders or for women, camogie (kind of like a women’s version of Hurling but with slightly different rules).

These days the Gaelic games are a draw card for tourism and family tree enthusiasts.  Often various clans hold their gatherings around the Gaelic games with the aim to encourage visitors from far flung countries such as Australia and New Zealand to head to Ireland (and Scotland) to join in the gathering and stay on for the games.

You could be mistaken for thinking that the Gaelic games are a bit like the highland games, with wood chopping, dancing and the like – not true!  This is high intensity football, hurling and the like at a very professional and serious level – think of the English premier league football and translate that across to Ireland!

If you are thinking of holidaying in Ireland and love your sport, try to time your trip to take in some of the games. The Gaelic Games are at the core of Irishness and hold a place in the heart of Irish culture and those who wish to experience it.

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