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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the games played?
When does the season run?
What is the GAA?
Are injuries common?
Are there any professional leagues?
Why do people play?
Who plays?
How can I get involved in playing?
What is the greatest prize in Gaelic Games?
 

Where are the games played?
Gaelic Games are predominantly played in Ireland. In the Boston, games are played at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. The North American finals are played in different cities on different years.   This year they will be played in Boston.  The North American Finals are always played over the Labor Day weekend.

When does the season run?
Our season runs from April 20 to October 1.

How much does it cost?
$150 per player or a maximum of $300 per family.

What is the GAA?
The Gaelic Athletic Association is the governing body of the Gaelic Games of Hurling and Gaelic Football.  It is a totally amateur, non-profit, community-based organisation whose remit includes the promotion of Irish culture as expressed through sport, poetry, song, dance, and music.

Are injuries common?
No. Believe it or not, you are more likely to be injured in a game of soccer than in a game of hurling because of the higher likelihood of a collision of the lower legs in soccer. Physical contact in gaelic games is limited to a shoulder-to-shoulder charge with the player in possession of the ball. Your training in hurling will consist mostly of learning how to protect yourself. Helmets can prevent head injury, but your stick is your main means of self-preservation.

Are there any professional leagues?
No. Although the All-Ireland championships look like major professional events, the only reward that the players get is the honour of winning. It is this that makes the GAA such a unique organisation. It remains free of the corrupting influence of out-of-control players' salaries and transfer markets.

Why do people play?
GAA club and county teams represent their local community. It is the honour of representing one's community that spurs people on to play, and the fact that the players on a team represent the area in which the team is based means that the following is loyal and fanatical. At local club level, people play for various reasons. They play because it is fun, it is a sociable activity, it is a challenge, to improve fitness and health, and for recognition for their achievements.

Who plays?
Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 participate in our league.

How can I get involved in playing?
Easy. Just go to our Board of Directors page and contact us from there.

What is the greatest prize in Gaelic Games?
The most prestigious prizes in Gaelic Games are the inter-county All-Ireland Championships. For football the prize is the Sam Maguire cup. In Hurling it is the Liam McCarthy cup. These two finals are Ireland's equivalent of the Superbowl, and the two All-Ireland finals are huge national occasions. They are attended by the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and the Irish President, as well as any visiting VIPs and foreign dignitaries who may be in the country at the time.