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Love of the Irish: why are Gaelic games so popular in Asia?

By Rebecca Root

22 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Gaelic football, hurling, camogie are among some Irish sports that have found a willing audience among women in South East Asia who love these sports for their inclusive and social vibe.

In a floodlit field, 20 women run the length of a pitch kicking, bouncing and passing the ball in a game of Gaelic football. Sweating it out, players with more experience “buddy up” with new members to show them the basic skills before they take to the pitch.

It’s a weekday training session much like any other, except that it’s taking place in the humidity of Bangkok, where Gaelic games – including hurling, handball, rounders, and camogie – are surging in popularity.

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