The GAA plays a key role in the social and cultural life of Irish communities abroad and underpins and promotes Irish heritage and identity across the globe.
Role of GAA abroad
- The GAA is the largest Irish organisation abroad. There are now over 400 GAA clubs overseas. These clubs are often the first port of call for many newly arrived Irish emigrants.
- The GAA provides a strong community and social network and, probably more than any other single organisation, helps to sustain a strong sense of community and heritage among our overseas communities.
Emigrant Support Programme funding to the GAA
- Strengthening connections with Irish Communities abroad and promoting links with Irish people and people of Irish ancestry worldwide is a key objective of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Central to achieving this objective is the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP).
- A funding partnership arrangement with the GAA has facilitated ESP support for the GAA’s Games Development Officers in Britain and the US and a Global Games Development Fund. The aim of the Global Games Development Fund is to support GAA projects abroad, outside of Britain and the US, which deliver and promote meaningful developmental games opportunities and which also further the aims and objectives of the ESP.
- funding has also been provided to the GAA for a number of capital projects, By supporting such projects, the Government is helping to secure the long term future of Irish communities overseas and in so doing is investing in the relationship between these communities and home.
You can now watch all the GAA Games, including Championship, League and The Sunday Game (Live and On Demand), on GAAGO