The Gaelic Athletic Association (Cumann L├║thchleas Gael) was founded in 1884 to revive and promote traditional Irish sports and pastimes, such as Gaelic football and hurling.

Barryroe (Barra Rua) GAA hurling ball and stickPhoto: RNLI/Nathan Williams
Barryroe (Barra Rua) GAA hurling ball and stick

Today, there are more than 2,200 local clubs across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, promoting these sports, Irish culture, and health and wellbeing in our communities.

Even at the highest level, the players are still amateurs. The biggest matches of the year, the All-Ireland football and hurling finals, sell out the 82,000-seater Croke Park in Dublin as skilled players fight for the pride of their counties.

The current All-Ireland champions are Dublin (football), Tipperary (hurling), Cork (ladies' football) and Kilkenny (camogies, which is women's hurling).