Experience Gaelic Games – lesson in Gaelic football, hurling and handball

Address: Sessions take place at Na Fianna GAA Club, Mobhi Road, Dublin 9

Our top sports in Ireland are Gaelic Football, Hurling and Handball – very different to rugby and football and unique to Ireland. Our games are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Many groups are interested in watching games when they are in Dublin but our season doesn’t always allow for this – so now we are bringing these famous sports to your groups by private lesson with Experience Gaelic Games so they can see what they are all about – skills required and rules etc.

The team at Experience Gaelic Games offers groups the opportunity to visit at a local GAA club and have them engage with a truly fantastic side of Irish sporting culture. They provide a great fun and very enjoyable session taking part in something uniquely Irish!

Packages

There are 3 packages available

Package 1: 3 hour session

This would cover 3 – 4 hours of activity, water served throughout, 3 sports of Hurling, Football and handball, all equipment, facilities, plus trainers etc

Package 2: New Longer package – 4 Hour session

This would involve a 3 hour activity session, plus a 1 hour Croke Park Museum Tour
Activities would be done as Package 1. Then there would be a break. The group would then go to Croke Park Stadium which is located a 15 minute walk from the activities location. At Croke Park the group will take part in a stadium and museum tour.

Package 3: 3 hour session plus accompanied visit to a local match

This would cover 3.5 hours of activity, water served throughout. 3 sports of Hurling, Football and handball, all equipment, facilities, plus trainers etc. Group will then attend a local match fixture.

Note

This could be a different day / time. It depends on club timetables etc. Location TBA also. The group will be accompanied by a guide to the game to explain everything during the match and the supplement covers this and a contribution to the team.

Please note that due to fixture schedules, availability etc. of local teams, match venue locations are not normally known until late and also normally they will not take place on the same day as the Gaelic games session. Groups will need to factor in transport costs as games may not be local depending on fixture schedules.

Overview – How the session would work

Firstly groups are introduced to our unique games that are Gaelic Football, Hurling and Handball. They are shown lots of video footage and talk with the group about what sports they play etc. The group are then taught the three Irish Sports – Gaelic Football, Hurling and Handball

The activities are great fun – each group has a 10:1 trainer ratio with them and after they are taught the basics of each sport – the organisers will play mini matches with the group. The activities are suitable for all fitness levels.

Where is it based?

The session is run in a real Gaelic Club, called “Na Fianna”, only a 5 to 10 minutes bus journey from Dublin city centre. The number 4 and 9 buses stop directly opposite the club. Groups can take a bus from O’Connell Street – just a few minutes’ walk from all Celtic Group Hostels.

What do the group need?

All they need are flat shoes, preferably runners, tracksuit/shorts.
There are changing rooms & communal showers on site (just remember to bring a towel).

What are the facilities?

All games are played on all weather pitches, so they won’t get dirty or mucky.
Handball is played inside.

Opening Times

Operates all year.

Notes

Groups must be prebooked in advance. Min 30 persons per group to qualify for group rates.

For more unique cultural experiences check out our Irish Experiences section online.