List of Gaelic games competitions

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Gaelic games competitions are competitive events, organised either by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) on its own or in association with other organisations in which Gaelic games or a set of compromise rules are played.




The following are competitions contested by GAA county teams;


  • All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (Sam Maguire Cup) – Played in summer and autumn, it is a modified knockout competition contested by representative county teams selected from clubs within a county. Includes the Provincial championships and a qualifier series for teams knocked out of their provincial championship, giving them a second chance to reach the quarter finals. Most prestigious competition in Gaelic football.
  • National Football League – Played in spring, contested by representative county teams. Teams are divided into four divisions based on their performances from the previous year, resulting in the top four or two teams depending on what division entering a knockout phase.
  • All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship – Knockout competition for players under the age of 21.
  • All-Ireland Minor Football Championship - Knockout competition for players under the age of 18.
  • All-Ireland Junior Football Championship - Knockout competition for the second adult team.
  • Hastings Cup – Regional Under 21 football competition, organized by Longford County Board.[1][2]
  • O'Byrne Cup – Winter competition for Leinster county and university teams.
  • Dr. McKenna Cup – Winter competition for Ulster county and university teams.
  • McGrath Cup – Winter competition for Munster county and university teams.
  • FBD Insurance League – Winter competition for Connacht county and university teams, the winners play New York.
  • Tommy Murphy Cup – Secondary competition for teams knocked out of the early rounds of the All-Ireland Senior Championship, it was abolished in 2008.[3]
  • Owen Treacy Cup – Winners of Tommy Murphy Cup v North American select team, it was only played once in 2006.






Competitions organised by Higher Education GAA for teams based at third-level education institutions.



Secondary schools[edit]



  • Hogan Cup – All-Ireland football competition for provincial school championship winners
  • Connacht Championship – Connacht senior A football championship for secondary schools
  • Leinster Championship – Leinster senior A football championship for secondary schools
  • Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Championship) – Munster senior A football championship for secondary schools
  • MacRory Cup (Ulster Championship) – Ulster senior A football championship for secondary schools
  • Frewen Cup - Munster junior football championship for secondary schools



  • Feile Peil na nÓg

Competitions outside Ireland[edit]

North American Youth Competitions[edit]

New York City[edit]

North American Board area[edit]

The four major divisions of the North American GAA each have a divisional championship in each code and each grade. Divisional winners, and sometimes runners-up, go on to the North American finals which are played over the Labor Day weekend in September.



  • Northern California Collegiate Hurling Championship
  • Midwest Collegiate Hurling Championship

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mayo have the edge in Hastings Cup quarter-final". Sligo Champion. February 2, 2001. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fixtures". Kilkenny GAA. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tommy Murphy Cup 'dead in the water', says GAA boss". Irish Independent. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2011-03-01.