Since Sky Sports secured the rights to air the Gaelige Games back in 2014, it seems to have created a big stir this end of the water. For the native Irish sports, some of the oldest standing in the entire world, was brought to a British audience for the first time. They marvelled at the physicality of the game, the tribal devotees for each county team, the sheer number of supporters throughout the country and the players dedication, to think they do all this without pay but rather honour for their county team.
Encouraging visitors to take part, have a go, experience Gaelige Games through interactive fun is a relatively new aspect of Ireland’s tourism offering – so pick up a Gaelige football (that’s right hands allowed), try Handball and the ultimate Hurling (sliotar and hurley provided) and get involved in these ancient Irish sports. To get a real sense of the immensity of these sports; a visit to the GAA’s Croke Park Stadium and attached museum is a must - 80, 000 capacity congregates here throughout the season with a climax to the All Ireland final, held third week of September every year.
Optional - Gaelige Games Experience
ICT has teamed up with Trabolgan to bring you a unique offering to your Holiday Village stay. Perhaps your group would like the opportunity to partake in a Gaelige Games Experience. These sessions are not only a great insight into the Irish sporting world; they double as great group ice-breakers, great interactive day with the grandkids and for families in general – allowing them to really connect with Ireland and create a great memory of their time here. All light-hearted fun, with genuine local insight for visitors, try your hand at the native Gaelige sports which have ancient origins, yet still a thriving following throughout the island of Ireland.
• 3 nights Half Board at Johnstown Estate, Enfield
• Return ferry crossing from the UK
• Half / Full day informative and interactive Introduction to the Irish national Gaelige Games: Gaelige Football, Hurling, Hand Ball
• Guided tour of Croke Park: Stadium and GAA Museum