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Gaelic Athletic Association introduces Triangle to new sports

Posted March 14

— A local sports club is bringing a couple new games to the Triangle, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. 

The Raleigh Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 2012 by a group of 15 mostly Irish and Irish-Americans living in the greater Raleigh area. 

In just two years the club has swelled to 180 members, and about 40 of the members are Irish or first generation Irish.

"We have a lot of new players out and we are trying to grow the team," said Steve Shannon, club founder. 

The Raleigh GAA comprises the sports of hurling and Gaelic football.

Club chairman Dara O'hAnnaidh described Gaelic football as a cross between basketball, soccer and rugby. 

"It can really get rough if you don't know what you are doing," Shannon added. 

Shannon said one of the best parts of the club is bringing people together. 

"A lot of the Irish guys out here didn't know each other, they didn't have a common meeting place," he said. 

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