The Gaelic Athletic Association
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The Gaa is an Irish amateur sporting and cultural organisation, focused primarily on promoting Gaelic games, which include the traditional Irish sports of hurling, camogie (Ladies hurling), Gaelic football, handball and rounders. The GAA also promotes Irish music and dance, and the Irish language.
It has more than 1 million members worldwide. Gaelic football and hurling are the most popular activities promoted by the organisation, and the most popular sports in the Republic of Ireland in terms of attendances.
Since its foundation in 1884, the GAA has grown to become a major influence in Irish sporting and cultural life with considerable reach into communities throughout Ireland and among the Irish diaspora. While Gaelic Football and Hurling were in existence long before 1884. The GAA was set up to revive Gaelic sports and pastimes after been banned for a while during English occupation and to put more structures in place to promote the game and throughout the last 125 years it has governed the games and helped them grow into the truly passionate and skilful feast of sportsmanship it is today.
Croke Park, pictured above, is the GAA's flagship stadium and is known colloquially as Croker. With a capacity of 82,300, it ranks among the top five stadiums in Europe by capacity. Every September, Croke Park hosts the All-Ireland inter-county Hurling and Football Finals as the conclusion to the summer championships. Croke Park holds the All-Ireland club football and hurling finals on every St. Patrick's Day.