|Formation||1 November 1884|
|Purpose||Management and promotion of Gaelic handball|
|Headquarters||Croke Park, Dublin|
|The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)|
|Limited full-time staff|
GAA Handball Ireland (Irish: Liathróid Láimhe C.L.G. na hÉireann) is the governing body for the sport of Gaelic handball in all of its codes in Ireland. Handball is one of the four Gaelic games organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Its headquarters is located in Croke Park, Dublin. There are approximately 200 handball clubs in Ireland.
The national committee of GAA Handball is Ard Comhairle (the central council) on which the president sits as chairman. As in the parent organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the president is elected every three years. As of 2020, Dessie Keegan was serving as the president of the organisation,having taken over from Joe Masterson from Offaly who had been president since 2017.
GAA Handball oversees four forms or codes, two domestic:
and two international as played in Ireland:
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.
From the 1940s to the 1970s, handball was popular in the Republic of Ireland. As years went by, handball lost its popularity.Since the re-branding of the Irish Handball Council in 2009 to GAA Handball, the sport has seen an increase in popularity including through the organisation's promotion of the One Wall code in schools. As part of this initiative, several hundred one-wall courts have been built in schools across Ireland. In 2012 Ireland hosted the World Handball Championships in the Citywest International Events Arena in Dublin, where a multi-court complex was erected to host the greatest International Handball event in history, with over 30 countries and 2,000+ competitors in attendance.
During the 2012 World Handball Championships, a new unified International Federation for the sport worldwide was established, the World Wall Ball Association (WWBA).
There are many handball competitions that are run in Ireland. In 40x20, the main competitions are County, Province, and All-Ireland Championships plus the 40x20 Irish Nationals. In 60x30 Softball and Hardball. The main competition levels are County, Province, and All-Ireland Championships. In 2011 GAA Handball Ireland launched the 60x30 Nationals and this competition was held in July.In One-Wall handball, the main competition in Ireland is the Irish One-Wall Nationals, and this has been held in Breaffy House Sports Arena, Castlebar, since 2009. Competitions are also held during the year by various handball clubs around the country.
As with the Irish competitions, there are many international one-wall and 40x20 competitions, the main one being the World Handball Championships which are run every 3 years. In 2012, the 'Worlds' was held in Ireland, in the Citywest International Events Arena in Dublin.The 2015 competition was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The two codes of handball played in the World Handball Championships are 40x20 small court and One-Wall. In the 2009 World Handball Championships, players from Ireland won the 40x20 Senior Men's Singles (Paul Brady), Ladies Senior Singles (Aisling Reilly) and Ladies Doubles competitions (Fiona Shannon, Sibeal Gallagher).
GAA Handball were granted planning approval in late 2017 to build a National Handball Centre at Croke Park.
As of February 2019, the centre was under development.The centre, located at the southeast corner of the stadium on Sackville Avenue, was close to completion as of early 2021, with the final minor stages of building delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The new centre contains three 4-Wall handball courts - including a three sided glass wall show court with amphitheatre style seating for a capacity of 500 spectators, a Softball show court with seating capacity for 200 spectators and three 1-Wall courts. It also contains offices for GAA Handball staff, a bar and cafe, and a community centre. The centre was used as a testing centre by Ireland's national health service, the Health Service Executive, during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of early 2021, the centre had not yet been officially opened by GAA Handball.
In late 2010, GAA Handball announced that it was to launch a new TV show on TG4 featuring highlights of the biggest competitions that were held over the last couple of months. In mid to late December of that year, TG4 premiered the first ever edition of the GAA Handball show and it was followed by a six-part series that was broadcast in January, 2011. Following the broadcast of the six episodes, a new series commenced on Monday 2 January 2012 with the opening 2 of the 8 episodes, and again every Monday night, on TG4 in January 2012. Further television coverage was shown on RTÉ, TG4, TV3 (Ireland) and Sky Sports for the 2012 All Ireland 40x20 Open Championships and for the 2012 World Championships. GAA Handball Ireland also puts coverage of the sport on to the video-sharing website YouTube
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