Gaelic Games Overtake Soccer As Ireland's Favourite Sport

Gaelic Games Overtake Soccer As Ireland's Favourite Sport

Gaelic games - which encompasses Gaelic football, hurling, ladies football and camogie - has overtaken soccer as the nation's favourite sport according to the Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index 2018.

21 per cent of the 1,000 person survey identified Gaelic games as their favourite sport. That was two points ahead of soccer.

For the previous eight years of the survey, soccer had come out on top. However, it has seen a steady decline from 26 per cent in 2013 while Gaelic games has gained six per cent in that same period.

Other findings from the survey saw the Irish men's rugby side named as Team of the Year and November's victory against the All Blacks ranked as the greatest Irish sporting achievement of 2018.

For the fourth time in the last six years, Katie Taylor was named as Ireland's most admired sports star. Conor McGregor, who came out on top in this category for the past two years, finished outside the top ten with just two per cent of the vote. Taylor garnered 19 per cent.


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