The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, boasting over 2,300 clubs within the 32 counties of Ireland. The GAA is a volunteer led, community based organisation and is celebrated as one of the world’s greatest amateur sporting associations. It promotes Gaelic games such as hurling, football, camogie, handball and rounders.
Keen sportsman and political activist Patrick Nally, was eager to use the Phoenix Park as a place for sporting events. He claimed that despite the size of the park, many athletes and sports clubs were not utilising the vast open spaces. Michael Cusack, founder of the GAA and friend of Nally agreed. In 1881, Cusack held his own 'Cusack's Academy Sports Day' in the Phoenix Park to encourage national sporting events. The park is now home to seven GAA pitches that are typically used for Gaelic football, hurling and camogie.
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