The All-Ireland GAA Championship
Posted by Neil Hand on the 19th of June 2015 at 15:34:11
An Irish Summer is a pretty thing to behold. Long evenings, warmer temperatures, long weekends, festivals & fun. And, who could forget sport. Our own national sports, Gaelic Games, burst into life in the summer months and beyond into early Autumn. The GAA All-Ireland Football & Hurling Championships take centre stage.
Throughout the island of Ireland, the provincial titles are currently being played out. The teams involved in the GAA Championship represent their counties, and aim to claim victory in their province (Leinster, Ulster, Munster & Connaught) before going on to compete for the ultimate prize: The All-Ireland Championship.
Gaelic games, as anyone with an interest in Ireland will probably know by now, are amateur sports with a huge following in Ireland and internationally.
The early stages of the All-Ireland GAA Championship are held throughout the country, with every county competing. Due to the large amount of Irish immigrants, London and New York also have GAA teams, with London even competing in the All-Ireland competition.
The latter stages of the All-Ireland GAA Championship are held at the famous Croke Park Stadium in the heart of Dublin City. It’s a state of the art facility with a capacity of 82,300, making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe. The final of both the All-Ireland Hurling and All-Ireland Football Championships are held there, and it is hallowed turf for fans and players of Gaelic Games alike.
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Dublin this summer, you should definitely catch a game at the grand old stadium. For further information about the All-Ireland, and for tickets, click here.I had the honour of attending an All-Ireland Semi-Final between Dublin and Mayo a couple of years ago, and although Dublin (my county) didn’t emerge victorious, I had a great day out and enjoyed every minute of the experience.
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