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Gaelic games are the traditional sports played in Ireland. The two main Gaelic games are Gaelic football and Hurling, both of which are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Other games organised by the association include Rounders and Gaelic handball.

Women's versions of Hurling and football are also played, Camogie organised by the Camogie Association of Ireland and Ladies' Gaelic football organised by the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association. While women's versions are not organised by they are closely associated with the GAA.

During the late 19th century, Gaelic games in Ireland were dying out. This decline was stopped and reversed by the GAA and the Irish national Gaelic Revival. Today they are the most popular games in Ireland.[1] Despite an economic downturn, 2009 attendances are up 11% on 2008.[2]

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Gaelic football

Gaelic football is the most popular of the Gaelic games and is played by teams of 15 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The primary object is to score by driving the ball through the goals. The team with the highest score at the end of the match wins. The female version of the game is known as Ladies' Gaelic football and is very similar to the men's game with a few minor rule changes

Hurling

Hurling is a stick and ball game played by teams of 15 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The primary object is to score by driving the ball through the goals or putting the ball over the bar and thereby scoring a point. Three points is the equivalent of a goal. The team with the highest score at the end of the match wins. It is over three-thousand years old, and is said to be the world's fastest field game, combining skills from lacrosse, field hockey, and baseball in a hard-hitting, highly skilled game. The female version of the game is known as Camogie and is very similar to hurling with a few minor rule changes.

Rounders

Rounders is a bat and ball game which is played in Ireland; a similar version is played in England. Rounders is the least popular of the GAA Gaelic games and is organised by a sub division of the GAA known as the Rounders Council of Ireland. It is similar to softball.

Gaelic handball

Gaelic Handball is a game where two players use their hands to return a ball against a wall. The game is similar to American handball; Gaelic handballers play against their US counterparts.

Other Gaelic games

  • Other Gaelic games such as gaelic athletics have nearly or completely died out.
  • Pastimes such as Road bowling, a sport played in Ireland for a long time, could be considered Gaelic games.
  • Although not Irish, the Scottish sport of Shinty could be called a Gaelic game, as it is part of the Scottish Gaelic culture and shares common roots with Hurling.

See also

D. P. Moran

References

  1. ^ "GAA attendance figures". http://www.gaa.ie/files/04arstat.pdf. Retrieved 2006-11-27.  
  2. ^ [1] GAA buck recession trend - RTÉ.

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Gaelic games are the traditional sports played in Ireland. The two main Gaelic games are Gaelic football and Hurling. Both are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Other games organised by the association include Rounders, Gaelic handball. During the late 19th century, Gaelic games in Ireland were dying out. This decline was stopped by the GAA and the Irish national Gaelic Revival. Today they are the most popular games in Ireland.[1]

Gaelic football

Gaelic football is the most popular of the gaelic games and is played by teams of 15 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The object is to score by driving the ball through the goals. The team with the highest score at the end of the match wins. It combines the skills of soccer and basketball in a fast-paced, high-scoring contact sport.

Hurling

Hurling is a stick and ball game played by teams of 15 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The primary object is to score by driving the ball through the goals. The team with the highest score at the end of the match wins. It is over three-thousand years old, and is said to be the world's fastest field game, combining skills from lacrosse, field hockey, and baseball in a hard-hitting, highly skilled game.

Rounders

Rounders is a bat and ball game which is played in Ireland; a similar version is played in England. Rounders is the least popular of the GAA gaelic games and is organised by a sub division of the GAA known as the Rounders Council of Ireland. It is similar to baseball.

Gaelic handball

Gaelic handball is a game where two players use their hands to return a ball against a wall. The game is similar to American handball; Gaelic handballers play against their US counterparts.

Other Gaelic Games

Other Gaelic Games such as gaelic athletics have nearly or completely died out. Pastimes such as Road bowling, a sport played in Ireland for a long time, could be considered Gaelic games.

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