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Gaelic Games Canada

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Canada GAA
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Nickname(s):The Maple Leaf County
Province:All
Dominant sport:Gaelic football
County colours:Light blue, white
Website:County board website
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Gaelic Games Canada (GGC), or the Canadian GAA (CGAA), is responsible for Gaelic games across Canada,[1] overseeing approximately 20 clubs.[2][3] "GAA" is the abbreviation for the Gaelic Athletic Association.

It has the same status as one of the county boards of Ireland and is one of over thirty regional GAA executive boards throughout the world. The board is responsible for Gaelic football, hurling, camogie,[4] rounders, gaelic handball, and ladies' Gaelic football teams in Canada.

The CGAA connects with three Gaelic games and cultural organizations: the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) & the Camogie Association (CA) whose headquarters are based in Dublin, Ireland.

One of the more important tournaments for Gaelic football in Canada is the annual Western Canadian Championship. In North American competition, Canadian teams compete in the USGAA Finals, hosted by the United States GAA, an annual Gaelic Games championship between qualifying clubs in North America. The Gaelic games involved include hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football. Matches are held throughout the weekend of the tournament with the winning teams declared the USGAA champions in their respective divisions and sports. Internationally, Canada GAA has sent Canadian teams to the GAA World Games in 2016 and 2019.[5][6]

History

Gaelic games have been played in Canada since before the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in the 1880s, with some sources indicating that hurling games were played in St. John's, Newfoundland in the late 18th century.[7] From the formation of the American County Board in the 1950s, Canadian teams competed alongside teams from the United States.[7] A separate and distinct Canadian County Board was founded in November 1987,[8] and represented upwards of 20 clubs within Canada.[2] The organization has since been renamed, "Gaelic Games Canada" (GGC).

In 2017, Jim Kelly, the Irish ambassador to Canada, was quoted as having said:

...GAA in Canada continues to grow and flourish, bringing together people of all backgrounds to learn and love our national games, to develop a deep sense of community, and to build a strong connection with Ireland.[9]

— Christopher Whan, "Eastern Canadian GAA Championships coming to Twin Elm rugby park Sept. 2", InsideOttawaValley.com (2017-08-28)

Organization

The Canadian County Board of the GAA has overall control of GAA activities in Canada and organized into three divisional boards.[10] These boards, representing different areas of Canada, include the Toronto Board, Western Divisional Board and Eastern Canada GAA Board.[11]

Toronto Division (TGAA)

Established in 1947,[12] the Toronto (or Central) Board covers teams in the Greater Toronto Area. Today, the Toronto Gaelic Athletic Association (TGAA) divisional sub committee organizes Gaelic games clubs and competitions in the Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal areas. As of mid-2020 this included 6 Men's Gaelic football teams, 5 Ladies Gaelic football teams, 2 hurling teams, 2 camogie teams and 3 minor programs.[12]

Western Division (WCGAA)

Founded in May 2003, the Western Canada Gaelic Athletic Association (WCGAA), or Western Division, covers Gaelic Athletics Activities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Many of the clubs in the division have field both men's and ladies' teams. Other clubs are also invited to attend tournaments, even though they are not affiliated with the division, (e.g. Lethbridge Laochra, Seattle Gaels, Fort McMurray, Vancouver Irish, etc), or not affiliated with the GAA (e.g. Vancouver Cougars, Calgary Kangaroos, and Calgary Kookaburras Australian rules football teams).[citation needed]

The main competition in the Western Division is the Western Canadian Championship. Teams also play in local competitions, including the Alberta Cup,[13] which serves as a feeder to the Championship, and is hosted by the individual teams themselves.[14]

Eastern Division (ECGAA)

The Eastern Division Gaelic Athletic Association (ECGAA) divisional sub committee, or Eastern Division, was established in 2014,[2] and covers eastern Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

The primary competition of the Eastern Division is the Eastern Canadian Championships. This competition was first established in 2014, and held in Newfoundland.[15] In 2017, youth games were included at the Championships held in Ottawa.[9]

Clubs

There are clubs in every province of Canada with the exception of New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon.

The following are the GAA clubs of the Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association, (CGAA):[16]

Eastern GAA

Eastern Canada GAA[17]
Eastern GAA Divisional Board
Club City/Province Est. Website
Montreal Shamrocks[5][6]
Armoiries du Québec.svg
Montreal, Québec
1948 Montreal Shamrocks GAC
Les Patriotes de Québec
(Quebec City Patriotes)[6]
Armoiries du Québec.svg
Québec City, Québec
Halifax Gaels GAA[6]
Arms of Nova Scotia.svg
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Avalon Harps
Arms of Newfoundland and Labrador.svg
St. John's, Newfoundland
PEI Celts[18][15]
Arms of Prince Edward Island.svg
Prince Edward Island
2015
Eire Og Ottawa GAA
Arms of Ontario.svg
Ottawa, Ontario
Éire Óg Ottawa Hurling Club
Arms of Ontario.svg
Ottawa, Ontario
2012[19]
Ottawa Gaels GFC[6]
Arms of Ontario.svg
Ottawa, Ontario

Toronto GAA (Central Canada)

Toronto GAA[20]
Toronto GAA Divisional Board
Club City/Province Est. Website
Durham Emmetts GFC
Arms of Ontario.svg
Durham, Ontario
Michael Cusack Ladies GFC
Arms of Ontario.svg
Toronto, Ontario
Roger Casement's GFC
Arms of Ontario.svg
Brampton, Ontario
St Michael's H&FC[21]
Arms of Ontario.svg
Toronto, Ontario
St. Pat's Canadians
Arms of Ontario.svg
Toronto, Ontario
1968[22]
Le Chéile Camogie Club Toronto
Arms of Ontario.svg
Toronto, Ontario
Le Chéile Camogie Club Toronto
Toronto Gaels GFC
Arms of Ontario.svg
Toronto, Ontario
1987[23] Toronto Gaels GAA
Toronto HC
Arms of Ontario.svg
Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Chieftains
Arms of Ontario.svg
Ontario
St Vincent's GAC[21]
Arms of Ontario.svg
Toronto, Ontario
Clan na nGael HC
Arms of Ontario.svg
Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Gaels GAA
Cuala Sarsfields
Arms of Ontario.svg
Ontario
2020[24]
Durham Robert Emmets
Arms of Ontario.svg
Ontario
Na Piasaigh
Arms of Ontario.svg
Ontario
2010[25]

Western Canada GAA

Western Canada GAA[27]
Western Canada GAA Divisional Board
Club City/Province Est. Website
Red Deer Éire Óg[28]
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Red Deer, Alberta
Calgary Chieftains/Chieftainettes[29]
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Calgary, Alberta
1977
Edmonton Wolfe Tones
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Edmonton, Alberta
Vancouver Celts GFC
Arms of British Columbia.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver Harps GFC
Arms of British Columbia.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
JP Ryans Hurling Club (ISSC)
Arms of British Columbia.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
ISSC Shamrocks (Camogie)
Arms of British Columbia.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
2021
ISSC Pearse (Camogie)
Arms of British Columbia.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
2021
Fraser Valley Gaels GFC
Arms of British Columbia.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
Cú Chulainn GAA Club
Arms of British Columbia.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver Éire Óg GAA Club
Arms of British Columbia.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
Fort McMurray Shamrocks[29]
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Alberta
Edmonton Wolfe Tones[29]
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Alberta
Calgary Fianna
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Alberta
St Finnian's
Arms of British Columbia.svg
British Columbia
Fraser Valley Gaels[30]
Arms of British Columbia.svg
British Columbia
Winnipeg Trinity
Arms of Manitoba.svg
Manitoba
Regina Gaels
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Saskatchewan

Tournaments

Canadian tournaments

Canadians who participation in Gaelic Games have a number of opportunities to compete at the local, provincial, and inter-provincial level, within Canadian borders.[citation needed]

These include the Western Canadian Championship, which is a tournament for Canadian Gaelic football teams.

North American tournaments

In North American competition, Canadian teams compete in the USGAA North American Championships, hosted in America by the United States Gaelic Athletic Association (USGAA).

International tournaments

GAA World Games

Canada GAA has sent Canadian teams to the GAA World Championships in the past, including the 2016 Etihad Airways GAA World Games.[citation needed] For the 2019 Renault GAA World Games, thirty-four Montreal Shamrocks were selected to represent Canada. This competition was hosted in Ireland in July 2019.[6][5] It was the largest delegate from 1 club in Canada.[citation needed] This included the following:

References

  1. ^ Murray, Robert (19 August 2013). "Shamrocks try their hand at hurling". Fort McMurray Today. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "World GAA - Canada". gaa.ie. Gaelic Athletic Association. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  3. ^ Lawlor, Damian (24 June 2020). "Milestone day for GAA clubs as pitches re-open". RTÉ.ie. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  4. ^ "What is Camogie?". montrealshamrocks.com. Montreal Shamrocks. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  5. ^ a b c GAA (12 August 2019). "Renault GAA World Games - Canada GAA". youtube.com. OfficialGAA. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Gaelic football provides opportunity of a lifetime for three West Prince women". www.theguardian.pe.ca. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b "USGAA History". usgaa.org. US Gaelic Athletic Association. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  8. ^ "About Us - GAA in Canada". gaelicgamescanada.com. Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  9. ^ a b Whan, Christopher (28 August 2017). "Eastern Canadian GAA Championships coming to Twin Elm rugby park Sept. 2". InsideOttawaValley.com. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Divisional". gaelicgamescanada.com. Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  11. ^ Harding, Gail (31 August 2018). "P.E.I. women's Gaelic football team to play debut games this weekend". CBC News.
  12. ^ a b "About the Toronto GAA". torontogaa.com. Toronto GAA. Archived from the original on 15 July 2020.
  13. ^ "A piece of Ireland found in Red Deer". Red Deer Advocate. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  14. ^ Howlett, Trevor (30 May 2013). "Shamrocks bringing Gaelic football tournament to Fort McMurray". Fort McMurray Today. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
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  17. ^ "Eastern Division (ECGAA)". gaelicgamescanada.com. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  18. ^ Sinclair, Jesara (2 May 2016). "P.E.I.'s Gaelic Football Club, PEI Celts, win first game". CBC News.
  19. ^ "Éire Óg Ottawa GAA". eireogottawahurling.com. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  20. ^ "Toronto Division (TGAA)". gaelicgamescanada.com. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  21. ^ a b "Clean sweep for St Mikes in Toronto | GaelicSportsCast". www.gaelicsportscast.com. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  22. ^ "Around the World in 80 Clubs: St. Pat's Canadians, Toronto (#54)". JOE.ie. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Around the World in 80 Clubs: Toronto Gaels, Canada (#58)". JOE.ie. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  24. ^ "Watch: The new Toronto GAA club with roots in Cork and Dublin". Irish Examiner. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  25. ^ "Around the World in 80 Clubs: Na Piarsaigh CLG, Toronto (#53)". JOE.ie. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  26. ^ "ISSC Vancouver GAA". isscvancouver.com. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
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  28. ^ "A piece of Ireland found in Red Deer". Red Deer Advocate. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
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