Gaelic Games

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Gaelic Games

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, Education, Exercise Science, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Rationale and Purpose of the Module: 
    This module is designed to give an introduction to Gaelic games from a practical and cultural perspective. It will offer an introduction to the history of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the development of the association from its foundations in 1884 through to the present day. The module will also introduce students to Hurling, Camogie and Gaelic Football specifically through participation in 'Gaelic Games related' learning activities as well as practical labs. Emphasis will be placed on developing knowledge and basic competency with respect to the core skills of these games and principles of play (e.g. defending and attacking). Students will become aware of how to provide a safe environment and ensure personal safety as well as that of others in Gaelic Games activities. Understanding the rules and regulations of each game will also be developed through the practical labs. Basic coaching skills will also be introduced.

    Foundations of the GAA; Development of the GAA (1884-2016); Key strategies, programmes, policies and initiatives (1884-2016) (e.g. Go-games Initiative, Grassroots to National Programme); Gaelic Games Associations (e.g. Gaelic Players Association, Ladies Gaelic Football Association); Gaelic Games Worldwide. Introduction to the core skills of Hurling, Camogie and Gaelic Football; Common principles of play; Structures, rules and regulations; Skill development, including fundamental movement and basic motor skills; Warm-up and cool-down; Games vs drills; Basic tactics; Introducing activities and progressions including modified and full-sided games; Safety aspects (environmental, personal and player safety); Coaching styles and methods; Planning practical sessions for different ability groups; Developing communication and organisations skills in practical environments; Player and self-evaluation in a practical context.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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