Who we are
Raleigh Cú Chulainn Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is a sporting and cultural organization based in the Triangle Region of North Carolina. We play the sports of Gaelic Football, Hurling, and Camogie and are affiliated to the South East Division of the North American County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Raleigh GAA is an 501c3 organisation.
Raleigh GAA’s mission is to promote the playing Gaelic games across the Triangle region and to represent the Triangle competitively in the North American championships.
Raleigh Cú Chulainn GAA club was founded in 2012 and played its first competitive football game at Connolly’s Cup Tournament hosted by Charlotte GAA on June 16th, 2012. The club then hosted the Charlotte GAA in the first ever Gaelic Football game played in Wake County, North Carolina on July 21st, 2012. The Wake & District Pipes & Drums played as both teams marched around the field in a pre-match celebration of history being made in Raleigh.
In 2013 the club expanded to include Hurling, Ladies Gaelic Football, and Camogie. Raleigh hosted its inaugural Hurling tournament in June of 2013, the Thomas Burke Cup. June 2013 also marked the first tournament win for the Cú Chulainn Football team – the Peach Cup 7’s in Atlanta, GA.
Our football team continued to grow and in 2014, won the Junior B championship at the North American GAA Nationals in Boston. Also noteworthy in 2014 was the creation of the North Carolina State University Gaelic Athletic Association (NCSU GAA Facebook link) and the University of North Carolina Irish Sports and Culture Club (UNC GAA Facebook link). While they are separate organizations, both were initiated by members of the Raleigh GAA, and all 3 clubs work closely together to grow Gaelic Sports in the area.
2015 marked the first year Cú Chulainn hosted the first ever Ladies Football match at our home tournament, the Andrew Britton Cup. We also held a Camogie training scrimmage during the Thomas Burke Cup, which the Cú Chulainn Hurling team won.
In 2016 Triangle Irish Sports Youth Association (TISYA) was founded to promote Gaelic Football, Hurling, and Camogie for girls and boys ages 7 through 16 in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. TISYA is affiliated to Raleigh GAA and is a result of the club’s tireless efforts through the years to encourage kids of all ages to play active sports.
Throughout the club’s short history we have been committed to promoting Irish culture and ethos in the triangle area. We have been actively involved in Raleigh’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 2013, had booths at Raleigh’s annual Irish Music Festival and continue to support other Irish clubs and societies in the area.
The club currently practices and hosts home games on the Raleigh Vipers Rugby club’s pitch in southeast Raleigh. For more information on where and when we play, check out our “Fixtures” and “Training” tabs above.