Gaelic Football, Hurling & Camogie
All three sports are managed by the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), and are extremely popular in Ireland. The All-Ireland finals of the inter-county football and hurling competitions take place every September at Croke Park (the headquarters of the GAA) in Dublin in front of a crowd of 82,000 spectators. These finals are the conclusion of the summer championships played throughout Ireland. Each year on St Patrick's Day (March 17th) the All-Ireland club football and hurling finals are played in Croke Park.
These sports are completely amateur, are not about money, but for pleasure and pride to play for one's county. Indeed, a player can not switch teams and would usually play for the same team for his entire career - his county team.
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