GAA Members Abroad
While Gaelic Games are being enjoyed by an ever-increasing number of people around the globe, traveling abroad for an extended period of time brings with it great opportunities but also many challenges. 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. This role was reinforced by the research into the Irish diaspora published 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.”
We have developed resources to provide some guidance for assist our members on their travels:
Striving and Surviving Australia Guide - which aims to assist members who are thinking of or who have traveled to Australia
GAA Tournament Ready Toolkit - which is tailored as much as possible to those Gaelic Games players across Europe, Asia, Australasia, the Middle East, North America, and Great Britain, who are gathering together to play multigame tournaments.
Links to our International Clubs can be found on the World Games section of our website WORLD GAMES
You can also access the Irish Diaspora Directory developed by the Department of Foreign Affairs HERE