Striving & Surviving - GAA Members Abroad
While Gaelic Games are being enjoyed by an ever increasing number of people around the globe, it is often the support network offered by the GAA’s international clubs that makes Irish emigrants seek out these little pieces of Ireland abroad.
In 2013, to coincide with the successful International Rules series in Perth, An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Liam O’Neill, and Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. launched a new resource designed to offer additional support to Irish people making the transition to life in Australia whether by choice or through economic necessity.
This role was reinforced by the research into the Irish diaspora published recently by the Clinton Institute in UCD highlighting the invaluable social, emotional, occupational, and recreational support offered by GAA clubs abroad. The report highlighted that “whether in Australia, Asia, or Argentina, the GAA has replaced the Irish pub as the central cultural hub through which all generations of Irish meet, network, and share their lives” and that the GAA “is a striking instance of an organisation that is adapting successfully to the shifting vectors of diaspora networking and need.”