The Ladies Gaelic Football Association runs a Gaelic4Girls programme culminating in a
National Blitz Day
aimed at offering new, young players the chance to try the sport.
is also offered across Ireland,
Looking to standardise the rules of similar games being played in Ireland in the 1880s, a man named Michael Cusack convened the first meeting of what would become the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Croke Park, the home of the game in Dublin, was purchased in 1913 and named after Archbishop Thomas William Croke, the first patron of the GAA.
By 1958, Wembley Stadium was being used to host annual exhibition games of Gaelic football in England - more than 40,000 spectators came to watch in 1962.
The New Croke Park, with a capacity of 82,300, opened in 2003 and the GAA celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2009.
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