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Sports in Ireland

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If you are fond of sports, you are not likely to get disappointed in Ireland. Several types of sports are available to expats in different cities.

Sport is very widespread in Ireland like in most European countries. Indeed, the Irish population is very keen about several types of sports, be it live or broadcast on television. There are almost as many sportsmen as sports fans across the country. Hence, you can easily view your favorite sports matches or practice them. Note that Ireland regularly takes part in major sporting events such as the Olympics, World Cup Rugby, etc.

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Traditional sports are the most popular in Ireland, namely Gaelic football and hurling, as well as football, rugby, hockey, among others.

Football

Gaelic football is undoubtedly the most popular Irish sport. It is regulated by the Gaelic Athletic Association and represented at the national level by regional and county teams. Each team consists of 15 players, generally amateurs. Gaelic football is played with hands and legs while dribbling and making passes.

Note that Ireland participates every two years in a football competition against Australia whose football is closer to Gaelic football. Ireland also holds the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship every year.

Hurling

Hurling is usually practiced by men while Camogie is played by women. The rules are the same on both sides and are quite similar to those of Gaelic football, but including a stick, just like in field hockey. Most Irish schools and colleges have their own hurling team. Major hurling competitions are generally held from May to September and the finals take place in the capital city by the end of September.

Rugby

Rugby is one of Ireland's most popular sports, particularly at university level. The country has a national team with the different counties' best players. The Celtic League, that is the Irish Rugby Championship, is held every year involving Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Italian teams. Ireland also participates in the Rugby World Cup.

Football

The Irish are also football fans. This sport, however, is less popular than Gaelic football and hurling. Football is regulated by the Irish Football Association with Derry City, Shelbourne FC, ​​Shamrock Rovers FC and Bohemians FC being the most prestigious teams. The best Irish players often leave their teams for British and Scottish teams.

Golf

Ireland is also famous for its hundreds of golf courses, including the Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portmarnock and Ballybunion. Indeed, golf is very famous in Ireland, both for Irish and tourists, whether beginners or professionals. Local and international competitions are broadcast on TV. Note that the country has several world golf champions, namely Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, among others.

Other sports

Due to Ireland's mild climate, you can also enjoy many other sports such as horse riding, racing, fishing, among others. Fencing, wrestling and wrestling amateurs will also be delighted with the WWE. Moreover, you will find gyms and wellness centers where you can register in most major Irish cities.

In coastal areas, you can practice several water sports such as sailing, rowing, diving, windsurfing, swimming, surfing, and many more.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Sports directory
Ireland.com www.ireland.com
Sport Club 321 www.sportclub321.com

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