FAQ's
This list of frequently asked questions is geared for an audience not familiar with Gaelic Games and is intersted in some general information about the sport - both in Ireland and the Bay Area.

Where are the games played?
Gaelic Games are predominantly played in Ireland. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the local championship games are played on Treasure Island where we have 3 brand new fields and a clubhouse. Go to TreasureIslandGAA.com for more information.
The North American finals are played in different cities on different years. The North American Finals are always played over the Labor Day weekend.


When does the season run?
The local GAA season runs from April through August. April is when the teams start to recruit and warm up with some light training sessions. April sees the start of the St Patrick's Cup, a warm-up tournament with smaller teams and more relaxed rules that help the teams to get warmed up for the proper championship, which runs from June through to August.

In Ireland, the inter-county All-Ireland championships run from May through September. The club All-Ireland championship runs through the winter and the finals are played on St Patrick's Day.


What is the GAA?
The Gaelic Athletic Association is the governing body of the Gaelic Games of Hurling and Gaelic Football. It also governs such games as Rounders and Handball. It is a totally amateur, non-profit, community-based organisation whose remit includes the promotion of Irish culture as expressed through sport, poetry, song, dance, and music.

For more please visit www.gaa.ie


Are injuries common?
No. Believe it or not, you are more likely to be injured in a game of soccer than in a game of hurling because of the higher likelihood of a collision of the lower legs in soccer. Physical contact in gaelic games is limited to a shoulder-to-shoulder charge with the player in possession of the ball. Your training in hurling will consist mostly of learning how to protect yourself. Helmets can prevent head injury, but your stick is your main means of self-preservation.


Is it co-ed?
There are some co-ed games at underage level in certain age groups depending on participation levels. There are no co-ed competitions at adult level, at least not yet!


Are there any professional leagues?
No. Although the All-Ireland championships look like major professional events, the only reward that the players get is the honour of winning. It is this that makes the GAA such a unique organisation.


Why do people play?
GAA club and county teams represent their local community. It is the honour of representing one's community that spurs people on to play, and the fact that the players on a team represent the area in which the team is based means that the following is loyal and fanatical. At local club level, people play for various reasons. They play because it is fun, it is a sociable activity, it is a challenge, to improve fitness and health, and for recognition for their achievements.


Who plays?
Our games can be played by anyone, but are mostly played by Irish people, including some who visit the US for the summer, mainly students on summer work visas. There is a growing contingent of American-born players who really are the future of the Association in the United States. Three of our clubs, the Celts, Eire Og and the Sons of Boru, are mostly made up of American-born players. We are keen to get more American-born people into our games. We are also actively promoting our games within the US Colleges where they promote games in both Football and Hurling.


How can I get involved in playing or watching the games?
It depends on your level of skill. If you are a total beginner, go to our contact page and use the form to send us a request for more information and we will discuss your needs. If you are an experienced player, go to our clubs page and have a browse through the websites of the local clubs to see what suits you.


What is the greatest prize in Gaelic Games
The most prestigious prizes in Gaelic Games are the inter-county All-Ireland Championships. For football the prize is the Sam Maguire cup. In Hurling it is the Liam McCarthy cup. These two finals are Ireland's equivalent of the Superbowl, and the two All-Ireland finals are huge national occasions. They are attended by the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and the Irish President, as well as any visiting VIPs and foreign dignitaries who may be in the country at the time.