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Watch Gaelic football and hurling during your English course in Ireland

The 2 most popular sports in Ireland are Gaelic football and hurling. 

Irish football (also known as Gaelic football) is played by 15 players. The objective is to score goals by kicking or throwing/punching the ball.


Hurling is a game unique to Ireland, with origins in Ireland’s ancient Celtic culture. It is similar to hockey, with two teams of 15 players each.


If Ireland is your destination to study the English language, you must try to see a Gaelic football and/or Hurling match.




Croke Park Stadium
Jones Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, Ireland
Croke Park, is the largest stadium in Ireland and located in Dublin. It’s the main stadium to host Gaelic matches and it is used by the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association). The stadium also hosts music concerts, with a capacity of over 82,000.


The stadium is located only 30 minutes' drive from Dublin's city centre and CES Dublin - a family-run school, offering wide range of courses, including exam preparation and teacher training.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh
An Mhuiríne, Ballintemple, Corcaigh, Ireland
The home of Cork GAA in County Cork, the stadium is used to host important Gaelic Football and Hurling championships. It was officially opened in 1976 and recently re-developed. The seating capacity is 45,000 (4th largest Gaelic Football stadium in Ireland). It is also used to host music shows and big events.


Páirc Uí Chaoimh is situated only 15 minutes' drive from Cork English College, one of Ireland’s premier English language colleges. They offer high quality language courses for adults as well as young learners.

Semple Stadium
Bohernave Road, Gortataggart, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Around 1-hour from Cork, Semple Stadium is the home of hurling and Gaelic football for Tipperary GAA in County Tipperary. It is the 2nd largest stadium in Ireland, with a capacity of just over 46,000.