What comes to mind when you think of Ireland?
Rain? Lots of green? Nice scenery? More rain? St. Patrick’s Day? That strange dark beer they call Guinness? Or maybe all of the above! What you probably don’t think of are ‘Gaelic Games’ or Irish sports. Ireland has a number of indigenous sports which are hugely popular in Ireland. The two main sports are ‘Gaelic Football’ which closely resembles Australian Rules Football and ‘Hurling’ (or ‘Camogie’ as it’s called for the ladies) which is a bit like hockey played in the air.
There are approximately 2,000 GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) clubs in Ireland, basically every village has one (or more) which is pretty impressive for a country with a population of under 5 million. Croke Park, Ireland’s biggest GAA stadium holds 90,000 people which again is quite remarkable considering Gaelic games are fully amateur sports run entirely by volunteers. Outside of Ireland there are a further 500 GAA clubs spread over the 4 corners of the world. The Hague is home to Den Haag GAA offering both Gaelic football and hurling for both adults and children. Den Haag GAA has been affiliated to Croke Park stadium in Dublin since 1999 and is one of the four founders of ‘Gaelic Games Europe’ (gaelicgameseurope.com) which is the officially recognised governing body of Gaelic games in Europe (outside of Ireland and the UK). and currently totals over 90 clubs
Den Haag GAA are offering a (free) Gaelic Football workshop for all children aged 4 – 16 on Saturday 13th October 14:30 – 18:30 , no experience necessary (you do need to register!). Bring your children along to try out a new sport and make new friends! We’ll finish up with drinks and snacks so it’s also a great opportunity for you to meet new people. If you want to see some of the skills we’ll be teaching please visit learning.gaa.ie/footballskills
For further information and registration please contact the club at the email above.