- Gaelic games
Gaelic games are the traditional sports played in
Ireland. The two main Gaelic games are Gaelic footballand Hurling, both of which are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association(GAA). Other games organised by the association include Roundersand Gaelic handball. 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. [cite web|url=http://www.gaa.ie/files/04arstat.pdf|title=GAA attendance figures|accessdate=2006-11-27]
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. It combines the skills of soccer and basketball in a fast-paced, high-scoring contact sport.The female version of the game is known as
Ladies' Gaelic footballand is very similar to the men's game with a few minor rule changes
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
Camogieand is very similar to hurling with a few minor rule changes.
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 like
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.
D. P. Moran
* [http://www.askaboutireland.ie/show_narrative_page_by_place.do?page_id=2226 THE SÉAMUS Ó CEALLAIGH COLLECTION - Limerick sports history and Gaelic games]
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