1884 Handball is included in the G.A.A. Charter as one of the sports to be promoted by the new Association. 1923 The first Handball Championships are sponsored by the G.A.A. in Softball and Hardball. 1924 The Irish Handball Council is established to promote, develop and organise the game.
The earliest written record of a handball game is in the town statutes of Galway, which in 1527 forbade the playing of ball games against the walls of the town. On the west coast of Ireland, Galway had many trading links with Spain, especially the Basque regions, where the similar game of Pelota is played.
History. Since its foundation in 1884, the charter of the Gaelic Athletic Association has included handball as one of the sports to be promoted by the association. In 1924, the "Irish Handball Council" (rebranded as GAA Handball in 2009) was established to promote and develop the game.
Handball was included in the GAA Charter of 1884 as one of the sports to be promoted by the new Association. In 1924 Comhairle Liathróid Láimhe na hÉireann (the Irish Handball Council) was established to promote, develop and organise the sport. In the same year the 'Irish Amateur Handball Association' was founded.
When the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded in 1884, handball was one of the Irish sports they wanted to promote. Although not as widely popular as other national games such as Gaelic football and hurling, GAA handball is a growing sport in Ireland.
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The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA; Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael [ˈkʊmˠən̪ˠ ˈl̪ˠuː(h)xlʲəsˠ ˈɡeːl̪ˠ]; CLG) is an Irish international amateur sporting and cultural organisation, focused primarily on promoting indigenous Gaelic games and pastimes, which include the traditional Irish sports of hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, Gaelic handball and rounders.
In The 1800,s Handball was played in almost every village in Ireland. Good players travelled around the Country and played for purses and drew big crowds to see the games . One such player was William Baggs from Tipperary. He was unbeatable and was the Irish Professional Champion from 1870 - 1880.
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