Ladies' Gaelic Football Association

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Ladies' Gaelic Football Association
Cumann Peil Gael na mBan
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Formation 1974
HeadquartersWestward House
Jones Road
Dublin 3
Ireland [1]
Region served
Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
President
Marie Hickey [2] [3] [4]
Parent organization
Gaelic Athletic Association
Website ladiesgaelic.ie

The Ladies' Gaelic Football Association (Irish : Cumann Peil Gael na mBan) is the main governing body for ladies' Gaelic football. It organises competitions such as the All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship and the Ladies' National Football League.

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Foundation

The Ladies' Gaelic Football Association was founded on 18 July 1974 at a meeting held at the Hayes' Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary, almost ninety years after the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in the same hotel. Representatives from four counties – Offaly, Kerry, Tipperary and Galway – attended the meeting. In the same year the LGFA also organised the inaugural All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship. The LGFA was recognised by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1982. [1] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Competitions

All-Irelands

Leagues

Intervarsity

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Representative team

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Hayes Hotel Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland

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References

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