• December 30, 2011

            Gaelic Football
          Source – ‘Experience Gaelic Games’

The Breton and Irish Branches of the Celtic League are working together to help coordinate a Gaelic football match between a Breton team and an Irish team, with the aim of progressing the recognition of a Breton team by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

The Breton and Irish Branch secretaries have been in contact with each other over the last few months following communication between the Breton branch and members of the Gaelic football movement in Brittany. Previous resistance among members of Gaelic Football’s European County Board (ECB) to Brittany’s participation in international matches in their own right, seems to have been overcome.

Irish branch secretary, Caoimhín Ó Cadhla, who is a member of Na Gaeil Óga (CLG) – an Irish language Gaelic Football organisation in Ireland – has been in touch with members of Gaelic Football in Brittany about the possibility of organising a match between the Gaelic speaking team from Ireland and a Breton speaking team from Brittany, to possibly coincide with the Lorient Inter Celtic Festival orthe Breton Language National Festival, where a gaelic football demonstration took place this year. In his communication with the Breton Secretary, Gi Keltik, Caoimhín Ó Cadhla, suggested trying to organise a meeting with the GAA outlining the reasons for recognition of a Breton Team, adding:

“…there is a precedent already in the GAA for recognising national minorities and not only that but a Celtic Country, in the form of Scotland with the Hurling /Shinty Matches.”

The Celtic League has previously written to the GAA to ask that it stops referring to Scotland as a `County’ and recognise its national status. The General Secretary of the League will be writing again to the president of the GAA and Chairperson of the ECB to ask that Brittany is considered as a full participating member in international matches.

Further information about gaelic football developments in Brittany will be made available on Celtic News as they arise.



For comment or clarification on this news item in the first instance contact:

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, General Secretary, Celtic League:

Tel: 0044 (0)1209 319912
M: 0044 (0)7787318666


The General Secretary will determine the appropriate branch or General Council Officer to respond to your query.



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