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Sport in Ireland

Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe and thus has a large area where a number of sports can be played. Traditionally, Ireland loved playing what is known as Irish hurling. It is a fast-paced game that is enjoyed by around 23% of the total population next only to Gaelic football at 34%. Hurling is traditionally Irish and is considered as the fastest field sport in the whole world. These sports are the two main sports of Gaelic games, traditional sports organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The other two Gaelic Games sports are Rounders and Gaelic Handball.

The Irish national football team has played in the FIFA World Cup three times (1990, 1994 and 2002) and the European Championships twice, with the most recent in 2012.

As with most European countries, Ireland loves football but they are also one of the very few countries that has an amateur rugby league competition. Rugby is played even in the school level in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Ireland has competed in the Summer Olympic Games since 1924 and the Winter Games since 1992. Their very first Olympic medal came in 1928 when Pat O'Callaghan took the gold for the Men's hammer throw after throwing the hammer at a distance of 168'7”, four feet beyond Ossian Skiold (Sweden) and Malcolm Nokes (Great Britain), the crowd favorites. O'Callaghan even used the Swede's hammer for this throw to tilt the psychological advantage to his favor.

Hurling is a popular sport in Ireland Hurling is a popular sport in Ireland

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Ireland.

Popular sports of Ireland (see more)

Traditional or Regional Sports

Ireland's Sporting Success

Great athletes from Ireland

Ireland Sports trivia

Ireland at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Ireland

Upcoming sporting events in Ireland

Annual sporting events held in Ireland

Sporting Facilities in Ireland


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