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  • Sat 07 Mar 2015
  • 2:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 3B 2015
    Warwickshire vs. Sligo Páirc na hÉireann
  • 2:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 2B 2015
    Donegal vs. Meath Letterkenny
  • 3:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Tipperary vs. Clare Semple Stadium, Thurles
  • 3:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 1B 2015
    Offaly vs. Waterford O Connor Park, Tullamore
  • 4:45pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 2B 2015
    Armagh vs. Kildare Athletic Grounds
  • 5:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 1A 2015
    Dublin vs. Cork Páirc an Chrócaigh
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Dublin vs. Tyrone Páirc an Chrócaigh
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Meath vs. Westmeath Páirc Tailteann
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Cavan vs. Kildare Kingspan Breffni Pk
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Armagh vs. Fermanagh Athletic Grounds
  • Sun 08 Mar 2015
  • 12:45pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 1B 2015
    Wexford vs. Limerick Innovate Wexford Park
  • 12:45pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 2A 2015
    Derry vs. Carlow Celtic Park
  • 12:45pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    Antrim vs. London Ballycastle
  • 1:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 2A 2015
    Wicklow vs. London Arklow
  • 1:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 2A 2015
    Kerry vs. Westmeath Austin Stack Park
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    Offaly vs. Leitrim O Connor Park, Tullamore
  • 2:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 3B 2015
    Leitrim vs. Longford Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada
  • 2:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 1A 2015
    Galway vs. Kilkenny Pearse Stadium
  • 2:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 1A 2015
    Clare vs. Tipperary Cusack Park, Ennis
  • 2:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 2B 2015
    Mayo vs. Down Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar
  • 2:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 3A 2015
    Fingal vs. Roscommon Swords
  • 2:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 3A 2015
    Louth vs. Monaghan Dowdallshill, Dundalk
  • 2:00pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 3A 2015
    Fermanagh vs. Tyrone Brewster Park
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Donegal vs. Monaghan Letterkenny
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Cork vs. Kerry Páirc Uí Rinn
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Laois vs. Roscommon Portlaoise
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Down vs. Galway Páirc Esler, Newry
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Sligo vs. Louth Markievicz Park
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    Longford vs. Waterford Glennon Brothers Pearse Park
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    Carlow vs. Wicklow Netwatch Cullen Park
  • 2:30pmAllianz Hurling
    League Roinn 1B 2015
    Antrim vs. Laois Ballycastle
  • 2:30pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Derry vs. Mayo Celtic Park
  • 2:30pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Wexford vs. Limerick Innovate Wexford Park
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Biggest-ever GAA weekend in Europe

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This weekend promises to be the biggest yet in European GAA as 700 players from 45 countries take part in five tournaments spread across the continent, from the green fields of France to the “calcio” pitches of Italy.

“Our games are growing at a staggering rate, and it is no longer just an Irish phenomenon – Europeans are really taking the games to their hearts,” says Brian Clerkin, PRO of the European County Board.

The gospel of Gaelic games has now spread to 70 competitive clubs in 20 different countries, with a further 20 clubs in development in towns and villages throughout Europe.

“The ex-pats who set up these clubs away from home are giving way to a new breed of player, drawn from the local regions,” says Clerkin. “In some cases, as much as 50% of the players are non-Irish, but to look at them you’d never know, given the level of commitment and skill.”

One such example is Raffaello Franco, President and Founder of Rovigo GAA (pictured above), the first GAA club in Italy.

Raffaello came to Ireland for his honeymoon two years ago and went to Croke Park for a game - he left Ireland with an O’Neills ball and a dream to set up his own GAA club in Italy, and two years in to his project and his team about 90% Italian players are going from strength to strength as they embrace every code that GAA has to offer.

In its short history, the club have had a Poc Fada competition and tested handball, and have even trained their own GAA referees - in Italian. They finished third in their first-ever tournament, and with the dedication and passion the future looks very bright indeed.

Raffaello has said that he is fascintated and obsessed with the sport he calls it “a very complete game, a challenging game and both a physical and tactical test” (Raffaello Franco, President and Founder Rovigo GAA, Rovigo, Italy).

“These massive success stories could not happen without the love or passion that the people in Europe have for Gaelic games. Every week we see stories that show us you don’t have to be born in Ireland or brought up with the games to be good at them or have a love for them,” says Clerkin, a veteran of European GAA.

“The commitment, sacrifice, dedication and participation is the same as any club back home. The clubs may be a little smaller but they are true trailblazers creating a presence and exposing new sports to new lands and new people all the time ”

This weekend will see tournaments in Gothenburg, Padova, Luxembourg, Vienna and Ploufragan.

Photo: The attached picture shows the players of Padova (in white) and Rovigo GAA, with the Italian referees in the middle.




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