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What is Gaelic Football & Hurling?

Gaelic Football & Hurling are traditional Irish field sports and two of the five Gaelic games promoted by Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association.

Both games are gaining more and more popularity in the U.S. due to its fast pace, high skill and its all action features. The advent of online video has also helped to capture the imagination of American audiences. Please visit our Videos & Tutorials page for more info.

The Raleigh GAA Club was established in Spring 2012 to promote Gaelic sports in the Triangle area of North Carolina. The goals of the  club are to:

  • introduce the sport of Gaelic Football, Hurling & Camogie to our community,
  • continue to grow our local league, and
  • participate successfully in inter-state, state and national tournaments.

For further details about Gaelic Football please click here.

For further details about Hurling  please click here.

Who can play?

Anyone over the age of 16 who wants to get involved is most welcome. No experience necessary!

We are a friendly and socially active club. We are always excited to meet new people and teach them the game. We welcome anyone interested in learning a new sport, whether the goal is to compete at a high level or get in shape while meeting new people.

Our members have a wide variety of experiences, from beginners to County level (top Irish level) and all players with experience are more than happy to show you the basics of the game.

What do I need to play?

Just bring some athletic gear – shirt, shorts, socks and cleats/atheltic shoes and we’ll provide you with a Gaelic football or a hurl & helmet to get you started. If you choose Gaelic Football no further equipment is needed. However if you are more passionate about Hurling then you will have to purchase a helmet. The hurls will be provided by the club, although you can purchase your own hurl as well.

Do you guys play in any competitions?

The great aspect of choosing to play Gaelic Football and/or Hurling is that you can make it as social or as competitive as you like. If you just want to come along on a weekly basis to hit the ball around and hang out after practice, then great.

If you want to come and play in some of the games and tournaments that we are involved in, then even better. We are a part of the South East Division of North American County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association and in 2013 we will travel to Atlanta and Charlotte, as well as hosting games and tournaments right here in Raleigh. See our calendar for full details.

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely. If you think someone else may be interested in giving it a try. Then bring them along too. It is how most people got started.

How expensive is it or how safe is it?

Gaelic Football & Hurling are not expensive sports to play and are not dangerous. We’ll show you the correct techniques to ensure  your safety on the field. We’ll provide the initial equipment to give it  a try, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money when getting started.

Where do I sign up?

Drop us a message to enquire about more details, go straight to our Join Our Club page or go to our Training page to find out when and where we practice Also, check our calendar of events to find out what is happening next.

You can also join our facebook page for all the latest news!