Sports in Ireland

Sports in Ireland

Sports in IrelandThe Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is a society that was set up in order to protect the games that were traditionally Irish. Their remit also extended to Irish dancing, the language and various musics.

The GAA – Irish culture explored though sport

The sports that the GAA protect are rounders, Gaelic football and hurling, both of which have female versions, in the form of ladies’ Gaelic football and camogie.

The Irish Sport

Rounders is a game similar to a mash up of cricket and baseball. Participants of two teams taking it in turn to bowl the ball at the batters, and inversely as a batter you must hit the ball with a bat, then run around bases which score points for their team. This game is not as widely played s the others, and most popular with children and school, but it is still a game under the GAA flag. Hurling and camogies are the next up, this is a more popular game with large inter county tournaments, both at the county and club levels. This is also a popular game for children, despite the more physical nature of contact. The two teams wear helmets for protections, use hurleys, which could be described as thick wooden hockey sticks, to hit a small leather ball, called a sliother, into the goal, or over the bars directly, between two upright posts. Hitting it over the posts will add 0-01, while scoring a goal is worth 1-00, saying that, 1-00 is equal to 0-03. so say 1-01 is a better score than 0-03. If the points are tied after converting the goals, say if it was 2-04 vs 0-10, whoever has more goals is the winner.The third, and most popular, is Gaelic football. Gaelic football mirrors hurling in many ways, from the points system to the way points are scored from over the bar or into the net, but even passed that they share a very similar media profile, large competitions and one of Dublin stadiums is nearly exclusively used as a Gaelic stadium.
The female versions of both sports are identical in every way, including coverage, as there’s been multiple pushes to equalize the coverage given to both sets of games. Though the female version is not as widely watched both have their merits and end up being on par for performance from their respective athletes.

Other Sports

Apart from these Ireland has a wide variety of sports that most people can engage with, most notably rugby, soccer, golf, and boxing.
In rugby Ireland are considered to be impervious and vicious, acclaimed for our resilience. On a much more national level, the four provinces all have teams, and many schools. Leinster in a multinational multi award winning team that compete with teams from all across the globe.
Our soccer, though less decorated, is still a highly respected team, and many of the players end up as spokes people as their faces are widely known, Shay Given and Robbie Keane are perfect examples of this.
For golf there are a few key personalities who have been acclaimed as golfing greats. Between Padraig Harrington winning multiple iterations of various tournaments, including the Ryder cup, British Open, and the PGA Championship. Graeme McDowell made history being the first Irish man, from either side of the border, to win the U.S. Open.
In boxing we have two national treasures: Katie Taylor and Conor McGregor. Both are held in high regard in the boxing and martial arts combat areas. And even though he may have lost, Conor McGregor is an Irish icon now.

The GAA – Irish culture explored though sport

The sports that the GAA protect are rounders, Gaelic football and hurling, both of which have female versions, in the form of ladies’ Gaelic football and camogie.


The Irish Sport

Rounders is a game similar to a mash up of cricket and baseball. Participants of two teams taking it in turn to bowl the ball at the batters, and inversely as a batter you must hit the ball with a bat, then run around bases which score points for their team. This game is not as widely played s the others, and most popular with children and school, but it is still a game under the GAA flag. Hurling and camogies are the next up, this is a more popular game with large inter county tournaments, both at the county and club levels. This is also a popular game for children, despite the more physical nature of contact. The two teams wear helmets for protections, use hurleys, which could be described as thick wooden hockey sticks, to hit a small leather ball, called a sliother, into the goal, or over the bars directly, between two upright posts. Hitting it over the posts will add 0-01, while scoring a goal is worth 1-00, saying that, 1-00 is equal to 0-03. so say 1-01 is a better score than 0-03. If the points are tied after converting the goals, say if it was 2-04 vs 0-10, whoever has more goals is the winner.The third, and most popular, is Gaelic football. Gaelic football mirrors hurling in many ways, from the points system to the way points are scored from over the bar or into the net, but even passed that they share a very similar media profile, large competitions and one of Dublin stadiums is nearly exclusively used as a Gaelic stadium.
The female versions of both sports are identical in every way, including coverage, as there’s been multiple pushes to equalize the coverage given to both sets of games. Though the female version is not as widely watched both have their merits and end up being on par for performance from their respective athletes.

Other Sports

Apart from these Ireland has a wide variety of sports that most people can engage with, most notably rugby, soccer, golf, and boxing.
In rugby Ireland are considered to be impervious and vicious, acclaimed for our resilience. On a much more national level, the four provinces all have teams, and many schools. Leinster in a multinational multi award winning team that compete with teams from all across the globe.
Our soccer, though less decorated, is still a highly respected team, and many of the players end up as spokes people as their faces are widely known, Shay Given and Robbie Keane are perfect examples of this.
For golf there are a few key personalities who have been acclaimed as golfing greats. Between Padraig Harrington winning multiple iterations of various tournaments, including the Ryder cup, British Open, and the PGA Championship. Graeme McDowell made history being the first Irish man, from either side of the border, to win the U.S. Open.
In boxing we have two national treasures: Katie Taylor and Conor McGregor. Both are held in high regard in the boxing and martial arts combat areas. And even though he may have lost, Conor McGregor is an Irish icon now.





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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