The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded in Ireland in 1884 and to this day is one of the strongest and most influential sporting organisations in Ireland, with a growing influence across the world.
The Association encompasses Gaelic Football, Hurling, Handball and Rounders, as well as more cultural aspects of Irish life. It permeates every city, town and village on the island and despite being entirely amateur for it’s entire history, the GAA is an organisation that can stand toe to toe with any sporting organisation in the world.
We will examine the history of the sports prior to 1884 and the growth throughout a tumultuous time in Irish society in the early twentieth century and up to the present day. We will also look at Ladies Gaelic Football and the Camogie Association and how their stories intertwine with that of the GAA.
Work Language: English
Cormac O Malley is a former sports journalist who has reported on all levels and codes of the GAA from primary schools games all the way up to All Ireland final day when the best teams in the country battle it out in front of 83,000 spectators.
Still playing Gaelic Football for his local club, Cormac combines that with administration activity in the club and is able to shine a light on how the Gaa as an organisation works from the grassroots level up.