An International Gaelic Football Match You Say?

Mark Farrelly
By Mark Farrelly
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You might think there's no such thing as international GAA matches but by God it happens all right. Last weekend Galicia and Brittany faced each other in the second annual match between the two nations.


The Galician community in western Spain took to Gaelic football like ducks to water when Wences Zapata set up a club in A Coruña in 2010 after he fell in love with the sport while holidaying in Ireland. Corunna Breogan's popularity led to another football club, ‘Artabros de Oleireos’, being set up last year, and the pick of these two teams travelled together to the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient to represent the Galician nation.

The Breton region of France boasts a longer history of Gaelic games, with its first club founded in Brest in 1998. These days there are 11 clubs in Brittany and their best players were chosen to face Galicia, all hoping to avenge last year's loss.

And that they did – beating the Galicians 3-12 to 1-8 in front of a crowd of over 400. Of course the result isn't the main story to come out of this match; the obvious popularity of the idea makes us wonder if we might well we see a GAA World Cup in years to come?

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