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The Irish Collegiate Handball Association (ICHA; Irish : Comhairle Ard-Oideachais Liathróid Láimhe) is the national governing body for third-level handball in Ireland. It is composed of students and former students. Twenty-one handball clubs are affiliated at present. The ICHA organises 3 intervarsity handball championships each year in 60x30, 40x20 Team and 40x20 Singles, with events held at various locations throughout the year. The defending champions as of 2013 are:
Each year, the ICHA organises a trip to the United States Collegiate National Handball Championships. This tournament generally takes place in the third week in February, and are organised by the USHA (United States Handball Association). As a registered student in an Irish college, in order to be eligible for this tournament you must also be a registered member of the ICHA. The maximum number of years a player can attend this competition is four.
On October 19–22, 2006, World Pro Handball produced a live webcast of the Simple Green U.S. Open of Handball, in which former Irish Collegiate player Paul Brady defeated Naty Alvarado, Jr. in a tiebreaker to win US$20,000 in prize money.
Other former Collegiate players, such as Tony Healy and Eoin Kennedy, have been successful playing on the US Pro-Stop tour.
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Gaelic games are sports played in Ireland under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Gaelic football and hurling are the two main games, while other games organised by the GAA include Gaelic handball and rounders. Women's versions of hurling and football are also played: camogie, organised by the Camogie Association of Ireland, and ladies' Gaelic football, organised by the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association. While women's versions are not organised by the GAA, they are closely associated with it.
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Gaelic handball is a sport where players hit a ball with a hand or fist against a wall in such a way as to make a shot the opposition cannot return, and that may be played with two (singles) or four players (doubles). The sport, popular in Ireland, is similar to American handball, Welsh handball, fives, Basque pelota, Valencian pilota, and more remotely to racquetball or squash. It is one of the four Gaelic games organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). GAA Handball, a subsidiary organisation of the GAA, governs and promotes the sport.
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The following is an alphabetical list of terms and jargon used in relation to Gaelic games. See also list of Irish county nicknames
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