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In the early years of Gaelic Football games were played between different parishes, and could last for hours on end. Wrestling was part of the game until people complained that the game was too rough. Wrestling was not allowed after 1886.
The number of players varied from place to place but by 1887 the number was reduced to 21. In the 1892 All-Ireland there were 17 on each side and in 1913 it was again reduced to 15 players on each team. The ball can be kicked, hand passed or fisted. If the ball makes it’s way into the goal (net)
that is 3 points or over the bar for one point. However prior to 1895 a goal was 5 points.The games length varied also, from 60 minutes to 80 minutes and nowadays 70 minutes. The All-Ireland Final (our super-bowl) is always played at Croke Park.
In the early years of Hurling date back some 3000 years when the mythical tribe of the Firbolg defeated the Tuatha De Danann. The most famous hurler in Irish history was Setanta, who killed an Irish Wolfhound with one shot of a sliotar (hurling ball) Anglo-
Irish Chieftains supported the game and paid players to be on their team. An Puck Fada is a competition whereby the hurler will cover a distance in as few strokes as possible. Some believe this is how golf originated.
Today hurling is stronger in Munster than in any other part of Ireland although you will find clubs and counties participating all over the country. The number of players and scoring is similar to Gaelic Football. The All-Ireland Hurling Final is always held in Croke Park.
The Gaelic Athletic Association The G.A.A.
The Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in Ireland in 1884 by Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin to allow ordinary Irish people to compete in athletics and to revive interest in our National sports. It included Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie (ladies hurling) and handball.
The GAA now has over 350 clubs outside of Ireland. There are over 4,000 registered players in North America. You can also find Gaelic Football being enjoyed in China, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and all across Europe.
We will follow the All-Ireland Championship for both Gaelic Football and Hurling. Additionally we will spotlight Irish