November 1, 1884

The Gaelic Athletic Association was found on this day in 1884. As part of the Gaelic Revival movement, taking place in the late 19th century, the GAA was founded as not just any sporting organization. The intent was to “foster a spirit of earnest nationality” as a means of “saving thousands of young Irishmen from becoming mere West Britons.” It was an effort to preserve Irish culture. The GAA was backed by the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Sports promoted by the GAA include hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, handball and rounders. The GAA also supports Irish language, music and dance.

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