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Gaelic Games Europe

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The European Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael na hEorpa) or Gaelic Games Europe is one of the international units of the GAA (outside Ireland), and is responsible for organising Gaelic games in continental Europe. Gaelic Games Europe is also responsible for the European Gaelic football, hurling, camogie and ladies' Gaelic football teams which compete every three years at the GAA World Gaelic Games.

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The first evidence of Gaelic games in Europe dates back to a hurling match in 1774 in Belgium, various games were played across the continent after that with their frequency increasing in the late 20th century. While sporadic attempts were made to form clubs and organise competitions, the first four clubs were organised into a ‘County’ Board at a meeting in 1999 organised by Joe McDonagh, the then President of the GAA. Since then, rapid growth has resulted in almost 90 clubs spread across 20 countries, catering for over 4,000 players who play camogie, hurling, men’s & ladies football, handball and rounders competitions from Oulu near the Arctic Circle in Finland to Gibraltar beside the Mediterranean and from the tiny Channel Islands to big cities such as Moscow in Russia. The European County Board (ECB) changed its name to Gaelic Games Europe at the Annual Convention in Leuven (Belgium) in November 2016.



Gaelic Games Europe governance structures promote inclusion, democracy and a volunteer culture. Every member is equal and every registered club can influence policies. Any member can submit a motion to their club's annual general meeting suggesting new policies, amendments to an existing policy or propose changes to the playing rules. If approved, the motion is discussed at the Gaelic Games Europe Annual Convention.

Annual ConventionEdit

Every club can send delegates to the Annual Convention which is the main decision making body for Gaelic games in Europe. Delegates discuss issues, decide on motions and elect the Management Committee. Motions to change GAA playing (or other governance) rules, if approved, are then submitted to the Annual Congress of the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association or the Camogie Association which take place every year in Ireland.

Management Committee (MC)Edit

Meets monthly by video conference and has responsibility for implementing policies and managing all activities between Annual Conventions. Many other work groups and sub-committees report to the MC. The 20 members are elected/appointed at Annual Convention and each has a specific role and responsibility for certain tasks.

Executive CommitteeEdit

This is a sub-committee of the MC and is responsible for dealing with important correspondence and any issues that may arise between MC meetings where urgent action is required. It also prepares some items for the next MC meeting, pays close attention to financial issues and the MC may delegate tasks to it. The Executive Committee must report on any decisions it makes at the following MC meeting. The Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer are 'ex-officio' members with two others being elected.

Work Groups & Sub-CommitteesEdit

There are also other sub-committees and groups, some of which are in the process of being established. These include:

Work Groups

  • Finance Work Group (Chair, Treasurer, Asst. Treasurer + 2 members)
  • Sponsorship Work Group (Sponsorship Officer + 5 members)
  • Development Work Group (Vice-Chair and the Games, Club and Youth Development Officers)


The sub-committees will assist various MC officers who will lead the relevant sub-committee, along with one other member appointed by the MC and one representative elected/appointed by each of the five Divisions (regions). The MC Chair & Secretary are 'ex-officio' members of most sub-committees.

  • Coaching & Games Development Committee *      
  • Club Development Committee*
  • Youth Development Committee *
  • Public Relations & Marketing Ctte
  • Health & Well-being Committee
  • Culture Committee
  • Referees Administration Committee
  • 'code' committees for camogie and hurling.

(*=coordinated by Development Work Group)

Competitions Control Committee (CCC)Edit

The Competitions Control Committee (CCC) is responsible for all aspects of running our competitions and games, including planning dates and venues for fixtures, appointing referees, dealing with disciplinary issues and transfers. The CCC is chaired by the Vice-Chair of the MC, the Secretary of the CCC is the Asst.Secretary of the MC. Other members are the 'code' officers (handball, football, hurling, camogie and ladies football), along with a representative from each Division (region).

Hearings CommitteeEdit

This committee deals with discipline issues when a party does not accept a penalty proposed by the CCC. They request a 'hearing', where the CCC presents their case, the defending party responds, witnesses are heard and then the Hearings Committee makes a decision. The committee has five members who cannot be members of the MC or CCC.

Appeals CommitteeEdit

If a defending party is not satisfied with a decision of the Hearings Committee, they can submit an appeal to this committee. The Appeals Committee hears from all parties and witnesses as well as considering any other evidence before making a decision which is final. The committee has five members who cannot be members of the MC, CCC or Hearings Committees.

Divisions (Regions)Edit

Currently, clubs across Europe are assigned to one of five 'divisions' (regions). During 2018/19, clubs in each Division will set up a 'Divisional Committee' which will be responsible for organising competitions and developing Gaelic games in their own region. The Management Committee (MC) may also delegate other tasks and each Division will appoint a representative to the CCC and most MC sub-committees. Currently there are five Divisions, two of which are divided into 'sub-divisions' :

Benelux: Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany (western lander)

Central-East: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany (eastern & southern lander), Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland

Nordic: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden


  • Andalucía: Gibraltar, Spain (Andalusia);
  • Galicia: Spain (Galicia);
  • Central: Portugal, Spain (rest of country)


  • Bretagne: France (Brittany);
  • Federal: Channel Islands, France (rest of country)

Competition formatsEdit

In GAA terms 'Europe' comprises all of continental Europe (excluding Ireland & Great Britain) with great distances between each team, so Gaelic Games Europe has various competition formats. Since 2006, men's and ladies football competitions have been played on a regional basis. Europe is divided into five regions: Benelux, East and Central, Iberia, North West and Nordic. Each team plays in its regional competition with the top teams qualifying for the European Senior Championships. Some regions also have sub-regional structures with their own local competitions (Brittany, Galicia, Andalusia).

All men's and ladies football teams can also play in the European Championships (11-a-side) held as a one-day event with teams seeded into different grades (Men: Senior, Intermediate and Junior / Ladies: Championship, Shield & Plate). The 'Premier' championships are for 15-a-side teams in men's and ladies' football played over a number of weekends in Maastricht, where there is a full-size GAA pitch, with the winners representing Europe in the All Ireland Club Championships. Other matches such as internationals (which have featured France, Italy, Germany, Galicia and Brittany) are also played, along with 'Cup' competitions usually confined to teams in one country e.g. Finland and Germany. The European camogie and hurling championships are organised with teams from across Europe playing together on a 4/5 'round' basis.

Many competitions feature a system of 'rounds', with each round played in the form of a one-day tournament, with three to five rounds played annually to determine the new champion in each region (football/ladies football) as well the European Camogie and Hurling Championships which are played over five rounds. A tournament is competed in a single day with teams playing in groups before moving to knock-out stages (or in a round-robin format) leading to a final. Semi-finals and other ranking games can be played if needed to determine the rankings of every team present on the day. Each team gains a number of points depending on its ranking at each tournament (25 points for the winner, 20 points for the runner-up, etc.). After each tournament, points gained are added to those accrued in previous rounds and after the final round the overall rankings determine the competition winner for that season.


The principal officers and the year of their election/appointment at the Annual Convention are as follows:

Year Chairperson Club Secretary Club Treasurer Club GAA Central

Council Delegate*

2018 Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels John White (from Feb.2019)

JJ Keaney (to Feb.2019)

Zürich Inneoin

Madrid Harps

Daire Kivhehan München Colmcilles Marie-Therese Dockery GSC Luxembourg
2017 Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels JJ Keaney Madrid Harps Daire Kivhehan München Colmcilles Marie-Therese Dockery GSC Luxembourg
2016 Brian Sheehy München Colmcilles Deirdre Kelleher (from Feb.2017)

JJ Keaney (to Feb.2017)

Den Haag

Madrid Harps

Daire Kivhehan München Colmcilles Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels
2015 Brian Sheehy Zürich Inneoin Marie-Therese Dockery GSC Luxembourg Daire Kivhehan München Colmcilles Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels
2014 Brian Sheehy Zürich Inneoin Marie-Therese Dockery GSC Luxembourg Daire Kivhehan München Colmcilles Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels
2013 Brian Sheehy Zürich Inneoin Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Daire Kivhehan München Colmcilles Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels
2012 Brian Sheehy Zürich Inneoin Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Daire Kivhehan München Colmcilles Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels
2011 William Cashin Belgium GAA Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Daire Kivhehan München Colmcilles
2010 William Cashin Belgium GAA Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Daire Kivhehan München Colmcilles
2009 William Cashin Belgium GAA Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Ciaran McGuill Paris Gaels
2008 Eileen Jennings Paris Gaels Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Ciaran McGuill Paris Gaels
2007 Eileen Jennings Paris Gaels Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Ciaran McGuill Paris Gaels
2006 Stephen Dillon Amsterdam GAC Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Ciaran McGuill Paris Gaels
2005 Stephen Dillon Amsterdam GAC Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Ciaran McGuill Paris Gaels
2004 Stephen Dillon Amsterdam GAC Tony Bass Maastricht Gaels Ciaran McGuill Paris Gaels
2003 Paul Larkin Munich Colmcilles GAA Herve Guichard Ar Gwazi Gouez Ciaran McGuill Paris Gaels GAA
2002 Barry Moroney Guernsey Gaels GAA Eamon O'Brien GSC Luxembourg Ciaran McGuill Paris Gaels
2001 Mark Scanlon - Barry Moroney acting Chair Paris Gaels Cathal Lynch Brussels GAA Barry Moroney Guernsey Gaels GAA
2000 Mark Scanlon Paris Gaels Ann Donnelly Paris Gaels
1999 Mark Scanlon Paris Gaels Ann Donnelly Paris Gaels

Note: * Europe were granted representation on the GAA Central Council from March 2013 Note: * European County Board formed at the end of 1999 and the first officers served for 1999 and 2000

Gaelic football (men)Edit

European Senior Football Championship (11-a-side)
Title holdersAmsterdam GAC (1st title)
First winnerParis Gaels
Most titlesDen Haag (4 titles)

Senior ChampionshipEdit

Year Winner Runner-up
2018 Amsterdam GAC Cumann Warszawa
2017 Cumann Warszawa GSC Luxembourg
2016 GSC Luxembourg Jersey Irish
2015 Paris Gaels
2014 Belgium GAA
2013 Guernsey Gaels Belgium GAA "A"
2012 Belgium GAA
2011 Guernsey Gaels Den Haag
2010 Den Haag Paris Gaels
2009 Den Haag Paris Gaels
2008 Belgium GAA Paris Gaels
2007 GSC Luxembourg
2006 Den Haag
2005 Paris Gaels
2004 München Colmcilles
2003 Paris Gaels
2002 Den Haag
2001 Paris Gaels
European Intermediate Football Championship (formerly 'European Shield')
Title holdersLiffre (1st title)
First winnerMaastricht Gaels
Most titlesCopenhagen (3 titles)

Intermediate Championship (formerly 'European Shield')Edit

Year Winner Runner-up
2018 EGHB Liffré [1]Frankfurt Sarsfields
2017 Earls Of Leuven Den Haag
2016 EGHB Liffré Eindhoven/Maastricht/Hague (combined team)
2015 Vienna Gaels
2014 Amsterdam GAC
2013 Vienna Gaels Amsterdam "B"
2012 Malmo
2011 Amsterdam GAC Copenhagen
2010 Copenhagen Frankfurt Sarsfields
2009 Copenhagen Frankfurt Sarsfields
2008 Copenhagen
2007 Ar Gwazi Gouez (Rennes)
2006 Maastricht Gaels Amsterdam GAC
European Junior Football Championship
Title holdersMunchen Colmcilles (1st title)
First winnerFrankfurt Sarsfields GAA
Most titlesAugsburg, Clermont, Frankfurt, Lorient, Munich, Rennes, Slovaks (1 titles)

Junior "A" ChampionshipEdit

Year Winner Runner-up
2018 München Colmcilles Lorient
2017 Lorient GAC München Colmcilles
2016 Clermont GFC
2015 Rómhánaigh Augsburg Óg
2014 Ar Gwazi Gouez (Rennes)
2013 Slovak Shamrocks Belgium "B" (*disqualified)

European Premier Football Championship (15-a-side)Edit

European Premier (15s) Football Championship
TrophyCroke Park Hotel Cup
Title holdersAmsterdam (4th title)
First winnerGuernsey
Most titlesAmsterdam (4 titles)
Year Winner Runner-up
2018 Amsterdam GAC Eindhoven Shamrocks
2017 Amsterdam GAC GSC Luxembourg
2016 Amsterdam GAC
2015 Amsterdam GAC
2014 Amsterdam GAC
2013 Guernsey Gaels Zurich Inneoin

Ladies' FootballEdit

European Ladies Gaelic Football Championship
Title holdersWarsaw (1st title)
First winnerBelgium GAA
Most titlesBelgium GAA (10 titles)

Past winnersEdit

European Ladies Senior Gaelic Football ChampionshipEdit

Year Winner Runner-up
2018 Cumann Warzawa Belgium GAA
2017 Belgium GAA A Coruna
2016 Belgium GAA Holland Ladies
2015 Belgium GAA
2014 Belgium GAA
2013 Belgium GAA Holland Ladies
2012 Belgium GAA
2011 Belgium GAA Munich
2010 Belgium GAA
2009 Belgium GAA Paris Gaels
2008 Belgium GAA
2007 Paris Gaels
2006 GSC Luxembourg
2005 Holland Ladies
2004 GSC Luxembourg
2003 GSC Luxembourg
2002 GSC Luxembourg
2001 Belgium GAA

European Premier ladies Football Championship (15-a-side)Edit

European Premier (15s) Ladies Football Championship
Title holdersBelgium/Holland (1st title)
First winnerBelgium
Most titlesBelgium, Belgium/Munich (2 titles)
Year Winner Runner-up
2018 Belgium GAA/Holland Ladies
2017 Belgium GAA / Munich Collmcilles (combined team) Holland Ladies
2016 Belgium GAA / Munich Collmcilles (combined team) Holland Ladies / Luxembourg (combined team)
2015 Belgium GAA Holland Ladies
2014 Belgium GAA Holland Ladies


European Hurling Championship
Title holdersBelgium (7th title)
First winnerDen Haag
Most titlesBelgium (7 titles)

Past winnersEdit

European Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Year Winner Runner-up
2018 Belgium GAA
2017 GSC Luxembourg Belgium GAA
2016 Belgium GAA GSC Luxembourg
2015 Belgium GAA
2014 Belgium GAA Den Haag
2013 Belgium GAA
2012 Den Haag
2011 Inneoin Zurich Den Haag
2010 Belgium GAA GSC Luxembourg
2009 Belgium GAA GSC Luxembourg
2008 GSC Luxembourg Belgium GAA
2007 Den Haag GSC Luxembourg
2006 Inneoin Zurich Belgium GAA
2005 Inneoin Zurich Munich Colmcilles
2004 Inneoin Zurich Munich Colmcilles
2003 Den Haag Inneoin Zurich
2002 Den Haag Inneoin Zurich


European camogie Championship
Title holdersBelgium (8th title)
First winnerLuxembourg
Most titlesBelgium (8 titles)

Past winnersEdit

European Camogie ChampionshipEdit

Year Winner Runner-up
2018 Belgium GAA
2017 Belgium GAA GSC Luxembourg
2016 Belgium GAA GSC Luxembourg
2015 Belgium GAA
2014 Belgium GAA
2013 Belgium GAA Paris Gaels
2012 Paris Gaels Belgium GAA
2011 Belgium GAA Zurich Inneoin
2010 Belgium GAA GSC Luxembourg
2009 GSC Luxembourg
2008 GSC Luxembourg

Affiliated ClubsEdit

These are the affiliated clubs as August 2018.[1]Brittany (France), Galicia and Andalucia (Spain) have their own competitions. Teams hailing from these regions play both locally and in their regional competitions (North-west and Iberia).

GAA Clubs in Europe
Club Colours City Country Region Website
Vienna Gaels          Vienna   Austria Central-East
Belgium GAA          Bruxelles   Belgium Benelux
EC Gaelic Club (Junior Club) Bruxelles   Belgium Benelux
Earls of Leuven          Leuven   Belgium Benelux Facebook page
Prague Hibernians GFC          Prague   Czech Republic Central-East
Copenhagen GAA          Copenhagen   Denmark Nordic
Helsinki Harps GAA          Helsinki   Finland Nordic
Jyväskylä GAA          Jyväskylä   Finland Nordic [2]
Oulu Irish Elks GAA          Oulu   Finland Nordic
Azur Gaels          Antibes   France Northwest
Burdigaela Gaelic Football          Bordeaux   France Northwest
Gaelic Football Bro Leon              Brest   France (  Bretagne) Northwest
Clermont GFC          Clermont-Ferrand   France Northwest
GFC Pays de Coutances          Coutances   France Northwest
Gwenrann Football Gaélique          Guérande   France (  Bretagne) Northwest
Kerne Football Gaélique          Quimper   France (  Bretagne) Northwest
Gaelic Football Bro-Dreger              Lannion   France (  Bretagne) Northwest Facebook page
EGHB Liffré              Liffré   France (  Bretagne) Northwest footballgaelique.usliffre
Lille GAA          Lille   France Northwest Facebook page
Lorient GAC          Lorient   France (  Bretagne) Northwest
Lugdunum CLG          Lyon   France Northwest
Nava Gaelic Football              Naives-Rosières   France Northwest Facebook page
Nantes Football Gaélique          Nantes   France (  Bretagne) Northwest
Niort Gaels          Niort   France Northwest
Paris Gaels          Paris   France Northwest
Provence GF              La Fare-les-Oliviers   France Northwest
Ar Gwazi Gouez          Rennes   France (  Bretagne) Northwest
GF Bro Sant-Brieg          Saint-Brieuc   France (  Bretagne) Northwest
Tolosa Gaels          Toulouse   France Northwest
Gwened Vannes          Vannes   France (  Bretagne) Northwest
Rómhánaigh Augsburg Óg          Augsburg   Germany Central-East Facebook page
Berlin GAA              Berlin   Germany Central-East Facebook page
Cologne Celtics          Cologne   Germany Benelux Facebook page
Darmstadt GAA          Darmstadt   Germany Benelux Facebook page
Dresden GAA Club          Dresden   Germany Central-East
Düsseldorf GFC          Düsseldorf   Germany Benelux Facebook page
Frankfurt Sarsfields GAA          Frankfurt   Germany Benelux
Hamburg GAA          Hamburg   Germany Benelux Facebook page
München Colmcilles          München   Germany Central-East
Setanta Berlin GAA          Berlin   Germany Central-East
Stuttgart GAA          Stuttgart   Germany Central-East Stuttgart GAA
Gibraltar Gaels          Gibraltar   Gibraltar Iberia
Guernsey Gaels              Saint Peter Port   Guernsey Northwest
Jersey Irish Saint Helier   Jersey Northwest
St. Stephens Budapest          Budapest   Hungary Central-East
Padova Gaelic Football          Padova   Italy Central-East
S.S. Lazio Calcio Gaelico          Rome   Italy Central-East Facebook page
Ascaro Rovigo Gaelic Football          Rovigo   Italy Central-East
Gaelic Sports Club Luxembourg          Luxembourg   Luxembourg Benelux
Amsterdam GAC              Amsterdam   Netherlands Benelux
Eindhoven Shamrocks GFC          Eindhoven   Netherlands Benelux Facebook page
C.L.G. Den Haag          The Hague   Netherlands Benelux
Holland Ladies (only ladies)          The Hague/Amsterdam/Eindhoven   Netherlands Benelux
Maastricht Gaels          Maastricht   Netherlands Benelux
Oslo GAA          Oslo   Norway Nordic
Cumann Warszawa          Warsaw   Poland Central-East Facebook page
Moscow Shamrocks          Moscow   Russia Central-East Facebook page
A Coruña Fillos de Breogán          A Coruña   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia Facebook page
Ártabros de Oleiros          Oleiros   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia
Barcelona Gaels          Barcelona   Spain (  Catalonia) Iberia
Gaelicos do Gran Sol Barcelona   Spain (  Catalonia) Iberia
Bráithreachas              A Estrada   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia
Irmandinhos              A Estrada   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia
Dorna GAA Illa de Arousa   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia
Herdeiros de Dhais Lalin   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia
Madrid Harps          Madrid   Spain Iberia
Madrid Youths (only youths)          Madrid   Spain Iberia
Costa Gaels              Marbella   Spain (  Andalusia) Iberia
Mecos Fútbol Gaélico          O Grove   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia
Auriense Gaelic Football Ourense   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia
Pontevedra GAA          Pontevedra   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia Facebook page
Compostela FG          Santiago de Compostela   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia
Estrela Vermelha          Santiago de Compostela   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia Facebook page
Éire Óg Sevilla          Sevilla   Spain (  Andalusia) Iberia
Sitges Eagles Sitges   Spain (  Catalonia) Iberia
Celtic Tres Cantos Tres Cantos (Madrid)   Spain Iberia
Sant Vicent GAA          Valencia   Spain Iberia
Keltoi Vigo Vigo   Spain (  Galicia) Iberia
Slovak Shamrocks          Bratislava   Slovakia Central-East Facebook page
Gothenburg GAA          Gothenburg   Sweden Nordic gothenburggaa
Malmö GAA          Malmö   Sweden Nordic Facebook page
Stockholm Gaels          Stockholm   Sweden Nordic
Viking Gaels amalgamation for hurling only   Sweden Nordic
Basel    Switzerland Central-East
Geneva Gaels              Geneva    Switzerland Central-East Facebook page
Zürich Inneoin          Zürich    Switzerland Central-East

See alsoEdit


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