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Education in County Kildare

Second Level - Gaelic Football

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Gaelic Football - Introduction

The Gaelic Athletic Association (G.A.A.) was founded on November 1st 1884. It is a national organisation established to revive and nurture traditional, indigenous pastimes.

Within six months of that famous first meeting, clubs began to spring up all over Ireland and people began to play the games of Hurling and Gaelic Football and take part in Athletic events with pride. From 1925 the G.A.A. handed over the organisation of Athletics to a separate organisation.

The G.A.A. has over 2,500 clubs in Ireland alone. The playing of Gaelic Games is based on the G.A.A Club, and each of the 32 Counties in Ireland have their own Club competitions, culminating in County Winners in championship and league. Club units outside of Ireland have their own league and championship competitions with the format dictated by the number of players and clubs available.

Inter-county teams are selected from the best players from the clubs in every county. The county is a geographical region in Ireland, and each of the thirty-two counties in Ireland organises it's own GAA affairs through a County Board. The county teams play in their respective Provincial Championships at all grades, and if successful will go on the play in the All-Ireland series.

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In Kildare there are over 50 Clubs (53), namely, Allenwood, Ardclough, Athgaravan, Athy, Ballykelly, Ballymore, Ballyteague, Broadford, Cappagh, Carbury, Caragh Castledermot, Castlemitchel, Celbridge, Cil Eide, Clane, Clogherinkoe, Coill Dubh, Confey, Eadestown, Eire Og, Ellistown, Geraldines, Grangenolvan, Johnstownbridge, Kilcock, Kilcullen, Kill, Leixlip, Maynooth, Milltown Monasterevin, Moorefield, Na Finna, Naas, Naomh Brid, Nurney, Rathangan, Rathcoffey, Ratheens, Rheban, Rosglas, Round Towers, Sallins, Sarsfields, St Cocas, St Edwards, St Kevins, St Laurances, Straffan, Suncroft, Two Mile House

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2001 Leinster and All Ireland Senior Football Championships
2001 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
National Football League 2000/01
National Hurling League 2000/01


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