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Camán Abú and Peil Abú are the names of the Social and Recreational Hurling and Football games which were launched at this year’s GAA Congress in Mullingar.
They were devised by the National Research Committee on foot of extensive trials which took place in Portumna (Hurling), and Sligo (Football) and at the Waterford I.T . Sports Campus (Hurling and Football).
There has been a very positive response from participants who have derived a great sense of achievement, fun and enjoyment from their involvement.
Camán Abú is effectively a non-contact ground Hurling game which is played with a modified hurling sliotar.
The big difference between Peil Abú and Gaelic Football is that players wear tags and a player who is tagged (caught in possession) has to hand over possession of the ball to the opposition. New footballs – a different one for indoors and outdoors – have been developed for the game.
Teams can be made up of male and female players on the basis that each team has an equal number of female players on the field at the same time. Players (apart from where Camán Abú and Peil Abú are organised within a Post-Primary School) should be over 16 years of age and participate at their own risk.
The Association is currently in the process of establishing Camán Abú and Peil Abú centres on the basis that activities are supervised by a trained volunteer coordinator.
If a Club, College or Company is interested in getting involved, the proposed coordinator should contact the Games Development Section, Croke Park on 01-8658622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.