Gaelic Games Europe

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Gaelic Games Europe
Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael na hEorpa
Province: Overseas County
Nickname(s): GGE
County colours: Blue & Yellow
Ground(s): Sportspark West,
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Regular kit

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.

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 five clubs were organised into a ‘County’ Board at a meeting in 1999 organised by the late Joe McDonagh, the then President of the GAA. Since then, rapid growth has resulted in 85 clubs spread across 15 countries, catering for over 3,000 players who play camogie, hurling, men’s & ladies football, handball and rounder 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.

Competitions format[edit]

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, football competitions have been played on a regional basis. Europe is divided into five regions: Benelux, East and Central, Iberia, North West and Nordic. From February to August, each team plays in its regional competition with the top two teams qualifying for the European Champions Cup which is limited to 12 teams and played off in one day. Some regions also have sub-regional structures with their own local competitions (Brittany, Galicia, Andalusia).

All teams can also play in the European Men's and Ladies Football Championships (11-a-side) held as a one-day event with teams seeded into different grades (Men: Senior, Intermediate and Junior / Ladies: Championship & Shield) and the 'Premier' championships which are for 15-a-side teams in mens and ladies football 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 for teams in Finland and Germany.

Many competitions feature a system of rounds in the form of tournaments with three to eight rounds played annually to determine the new champion in each region (football/ladies football) as well the European Camogie and Hurling Championships. A tournament is competed in a single day with pool stages or in a round-robin format leading to a final. Semi-finals and ranking matches can be played if needed to determine a ranking 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 determine the championship winner at the end of the season.

Gaelic football (men)[edit]

European Senior Football Championship (11-a-side)
Founded 2001
Title holders GSC Luxembourg (2nd title)
First winner Paris Gaels
Most titles Den Haag (4 titles)

Past winners[edit]

Senior 'A' Championship[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up
2016 GSC Luxembourg Jersey Irish
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 Brussels Belgium Paris Gaels
2007 GSC Luxembourg
2006 Den Haag
2005 Paris Gaels
2004 Munich Colmcilles
2003 Paris Gaels
2002 Den Haag
2001 Paris Gaels
European Intermediate Football (formerly 'Shield') Championship
Founded 2006
Title holders Irmindinhos a Estrada (1st title)
First winner Maastricht Gaels
Most titles Copenhagen (3 titles)

Intermediate Championship (formerly 'Shield')[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up
2016 Liffre Eindhoven/Maastricht/Hague (combined team)
2013 Vienna Gaels Amsterdam "B"
2012 Malmo
2011 Amsterdam Copenhagen
2010 Copenhagen Frankfurt Sarsfields
2009 Copenhagen Frankfurt Sarsfields
2008 Copenhagen
2007 Ar Gwazi Gouez (Rennes)
2006 Maastricht Gaels Amsterdam

Junior Championship[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up
2016 Liffre, France Eindhoven/Maastricht/Hague (combined team)
2013 Belgium "B" Slovak Shamrocks

European Premier Football Championship (15-a-side)[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up
2016 Amsterdam
2015 Amsterdam
2014 Amsterdam
2013 Guernsey Gaels Zurich Inneoin

Ladies' Football[edit]

European Ladies Gaelic Football Championship
Founded 2001
Title holders Belgium GAA (10th title)
First winner Belgium GAA
Most titles Belgium GAA (10 titles)

Past winners[edit]

European Ladies Gaelic Football Championship[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up
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]

Year Winner Runner-up
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 holders Belgium GAA
Most titles Belgium GAA

Past winners[edit]

European Hurling Championship[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up
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 Brussels GAA
2007 Den Haag GSC Luxembourg
2006 Inneoin Zurich Brussels GAA
2005 Inneoin Zurich Munich Colmcilles
2004 Inneoin Zurich Munich Colmcilles
2003 Den Haag Inneoin Zurich
2002 Den Haag Inneoin Zurich


European Hurling Championship
Title holders Belgium GAA
Most titles Belgium GAA

Past winners[edit]

European Camogie Championship[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up
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 Clubs[edit]

These are the affiliated clubs as August 2016.[1] Brittany (France) and Galicia (Spain) have their own leagues and selections. Teams hailing from these two regions play both locally and in their national leagues (France 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
Prague Hibernians GFC          Prague  Czech Republic Central-East
Copenhagen GAA          Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Nordic
Tallinn GAA          Tallinn  Estonia Nordic
Helsinki Harps GAA          Helsinki  Finland Nordic
Jyväskylä GAA          Jyväskylä  Finland Nordic [1]
Oulu Irish Elks GAA          Oulu  Finland Nordic
Azur Gaels Antibes  France Northwest
Burdigaela Gaelic Football          Bordeaux  France Northwest
Gaelic Football Bro Leon              Brest  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest
Clermont GFC          Clermont-Ferrand  France Northwest
GFC Pays de Coutances          Coutances  France Northwest
Gwenrann Football Gaélique          Guérande  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest
INSA Rennes (university club) Rennes  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest
Kerne Football Gaélique          Quimper  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest
Gaelic Football Bro-Dreger              Lannion  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest Facebook page
EGHB Liffré              Liffré  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest footballgaelique.usliffre
Lille GAA          Lille  France Northwest Facebook page
Lorient GAC          Lorient  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest
Lugdunum CLG          Lyon  France Northwest
Nava Gaelic Football              Naives-Rosières  France Northwest Facebook page
Nantes Football Gaélique          Nantes  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest
Niort Gaels          Niort  France Northwest
Paris Gaels          Paris  France Northwest
Futbol Gaelique Provence Provence  France Northwest
Ar Gwazi Gouez          Rennes  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest
GF Bro Sant-Brieg          Saint-Brieuc  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest
Tolosa Gaels          Toulouse  France Northwest
Gwened Vannes          Vannes  France (Flag of Brittany.svg Bretagne) Northwest
Rómhánaigh Augsburg Óg          Augsburg  Germany Central-East Facebook page
Berlin GAA              Berlin  Germany Central-East Facebook page
Cologne Celtics          Cologne  Germany Central-East Facebook page
Darmstadt GAA          Darmstadt  Germany Central-East Facebook page
Dresden GAA Club          Dresden  Germany Central-East
Düsseldorf GFC          Düsseldorf  Germany Central-East Facebook page
Frankfurt Sarsfields GAA          Frankfurt  Germany Central-East
Hamburg GAA          Hamburg  Germany Central-East Facebook page
München Colmcilles          München  Germany Central-East
Gibraltar Gaels          Gibraltar Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar Iberia
Guernsey Gaels              Saint Peter Port Flag of Guernsey.svg Guernsey Northwest
Jersey Irish Saint Helier Flag of Jersey.svg Jersey Northwest
St. Stephens Budapest          Budapest  Hungary Central-East
Padova Gaelic Football          Padova  Italy Swiss-Italy
S.S. Lazio Calcio Gaelico          Rome  Italy Swiss-Italy Facebook page
Ascaro Rovigo Gaelic Football          Rovigo  Italy Swiss-Italy
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 (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia Facebook page
Ártabros de Oleiros          Oleiros  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia
Barcelona Gaels          Barcelona  Spain Iberia
Gaelicos do Gran Sol Barcelona  Spain Iberia
Bráithreachas              A Estrada  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia
Irmandinhos              A Estrada  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia
Granada Gaels Granada  Spain Iberia
Dorna GAA Illa de Arousa  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia
Herdeiros de Dhais Lalin  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia
Madrid Harps          Madrid  Spain Iberia
Madrid Youths (only youths)          Madrid  Spain Iberia
Costa Gaels              Marbella  Spain Iberia
Mecos Fútbol Gaélico          O Grove  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia
Auriense Gaelic Football Ourense  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia
Pontevedra GAA          Pontevedra  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia Facebook page
Compostela FG          Santiago de Compostela  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia
Estrela Vermelha          Santiago de Compostela  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg Galicia) Iberia Facebook page
Éire Óg Sevilla          Sevilla  Spain Iberia
Sitges Eagles Stiges  Spain Iberia
Celtic Tres Cantos Tres Cantos (Madrid)  Spain Iberia
Sant Vicent GAA          Valencia  Spain Iberia
Keltoi Vigo Vigo  Spain (Flag of Galicia.svg 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
Geneva Gaels              Geneva   Switzerland Swiss-Italy Facebook page
St. Gallen GAA          St. Gallen   Switzerland Swiss-Italy
Zürich Inneoin          Zürich   Switzerland Swiss-Italy

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