To help foster Irish sports and culture and to get them better organised. It was actually initially named the Gaelic Athletic Association for the Preservation and Cultivation of our national Pastimes. Within weeks it was shortened to the Gaelic Athletic Association.
The GAA was founded to promote Gaelic games which needed reorganisation. The GAA was founded in 1884 in the town of Thurles. Initially they wanted to resume the ancient Tailteann Games and establish an organisation for promoting athletics. Hurling and Gaelic football eventually became the main two sports that the GAA promotes. The following goals were set out:
To foster and promote native Irish pastimes.
To open athletics to all social classes.
To aid in the establishment of hurling and football clubs which would organise matches between counties.
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GAA stands for Gaelic Athletic Association
Thomas St. George McCarthy was a Kerryman, but was a policeman in Templemore at the time. He was one of the seven founders of the GAA.
Feohanagh-Castlemahon GAA was created in 1890.
Miltown Malbay GAA Club was created in 1892.
That would be an impossible task. There are over 2500 clubs in Ireland alone, and hundreds more overseas. Consult the GAA website below:
Aherlow GAA was created in 1885.
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