A Foreign Sporting Experience – Gaelic Football – by Allison Brennhofer. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

A Foreign Sporting Experience – Gaelic Football – by Allison Brennhofer. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports


[Part of the crowd watching the match. I wish I had been smart enough to have brought a hat with me to Ireland]

I would like to preface this entire piece by saying I am not an avid sports fan. I will watch baseball (my favorite, by far, of the sports my family watches) when it’s on. I’ve even gone to quite a few baseball games. Other sports are where my attention begins to wane. Soccer interests me, but I couldn’t care less about American football. All information collected in this piece is put together by myself and a few other students in Ireland with me, who also know very little about Gaelic football.

Our wonderful bus driver, Owen, apparently knows everyone in Ireland or at least in County Mayo, in which we are located. He managed to talk his way into getting us tickets for the match between Maigh v Muineachain (their Gaelic names) or counties Mayo v Monaghan. We had our pick of seats in the stadium because he had the foresight to arrive an hour and fifteen minutes early. He led us up the bleachers till we were midfield, close to the top of the stadium. I quickly lost my Minnesota cred by bundling up under a scratchy wool blanket that are standard issue in our cottages. The stands filled within half an hour of us arriving and we were able to sit there smug because of Owen’s knowledge, as others milled around looking for open seats. I heard later that there had been 10,000 people at the match, which seems very incredible to me for a team that isn’t even professionally paid. It’s taken very seriously here.

Owen had tried to explain the basics of Gaelic football to us on the bus, but it’s difficult to remember everything about a brand new sport so I had resigned myself to watching the match completely confused. Luckily, in the row behind me, there were two younger children. The little girl was sitting next to two other students in our group and she quickly noticed their befuddlement. She was gracious enough to explain everything that was happening on the field and answered all of our questions. Her younger brother was quick to interject what he considered crucial information that she had skipped over, amid him flipping a water bottle over and over and some incredible dabbing. I was the only one watching him while the rest of us listened to his sister, so every time he succeeded with the water bottle flip he would grin at me and then kindly offered me a turn which I turned down.


[Some of the fans who swarmed the field after the match had ended]

The best description I can come up with of Gaelic football is that it’s a mixture of soccer and rugby. The game is split into two thirty-five minute halves. The essence of the game is similar to soccer, players do their best to get the round ball down the field to their opponent’s goal. However, in addition to kicking it, they can hold and throw it to their teammates. They are only allowed three steps before they must either pass the ball or ‘dribble’, bounce it off of their foot. It also seemed slightly less rough than rugby. Players are allowed to shove and tackle each other. The caveat there is that if the tackle is too rough in between certain lines (our young teacher was less clear about which lines she was gesturing to) the player can get in trouble and the other player is awarded a free shot. They also use yellow, red, and black cards. A player is issued a yellow card when they do anything the ref decides is worth disciplining. If a player is issued two yellow cards or a yellow and a black card, it is considered a red card and they are taken off the field and cannot be replaced by another player.

The woman seated next to me found our lessons with the girl behind us hilarious and when she noticed my accent, she was very interested in where we were from. She and her husband actually knew where Minnesota was and I had to shamefacedly admit that yes, it was very cold back home, and yes, I was cold right there. She told me her son was on the Monaghan team, which made cheering for Mayo a little awkward but there did not seem to be the bitter rivalry we would have seen in the states.

Mayo trailed Monaghan by a few points the whole match. The point system was a little different than soccer and rugby. Three points are scored if they get the ball in the goal. There are two posts on the goal, which I found similar to field goal posts. If the ball makes it between the posts, above the bar that separates the goal from the space above it, it is one point. This was how both teams made the majority of their points. Mayo never scored a goal, Monaghan got one. The final score was 12-14, or 0:12 to 1:11. They keep the goals separate from the points, so the 12 that Mayo got is just 12 but the 1 for Monaghan represents a goal and is actually 3 points. They add those to the points for a total of 14.

The Monaghan fans who had made the three and a half hour trek to Castlebar erupted in cheers when the game was called and Monaghan won, including the couple next to me. Many people swarmed onto the field as soon as the match was over. Despite the majority of people being Mayo fans, everything remained civil and the fans quickly disbursed.

The next day, we were in a local pub for the Super Bowl and many people assured us that Mayo should have won the match. It’s still early in their season, so the team had been trying out some different players. If they had put in the best players, I was told they would have definitely won.

My only question after the match: Will l be allowed to return to the US if I admit I liked Gaelic football a million times better than American football? ….

[A short video clip I took of the match. Mayo was in possession of the ball at the moment. You can see the player dribble the ball off of his foot every few steps]

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40 responses to “A Foreign Sporting Experience – Gaelic Football – by Allison Brennhofer. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

    • Greta

      Very cool! One of the major constructions that take place are sporting facilities which is net because people pay money to go spend time to watch their favorite sports team or favorite sport at this new facility. Sports bring people from all around the world together for example the Olympics. People all over the world travel to go compete against the best to earn a gold metal.

  1. Thank You for sharing Allison. What an interesting sport! I have never heard of Gaelic Football before, although it did not surprise me to find out that it was a sort of combination of football and rugby. Both of those sports are extremely popular in Ireland. I do wonder however, which sports came first and how people decide a certain sport is good enough to make official? I am also not a very big fan of sports (I have a mild interest in football, but that is about it), but Gaelic Football certainly sounds fun!

    Also, do not worry I know plenty of people in the US that do not enjoy American Football (myself included). 🙂

  2. Kalahan Larson

    This article to me, did not completely focus on the main idea. I understand that the main idea is of what it is like to experience sports of other countries, but I did not feel like the meaning behind it was portrayed clearly. Sports are a large part of many cultures all around the world. We may differ in our sports and how we engage in them, but sports all around the world brings people together and you can kind of draw that from this story. There were young children there as well as “older” people. Not only did people like the bus driver want the students to experience the sport, but people like the woman and the little girl wanted them to understand it and experience it how they do.

  3. Grace Young

    This is such a cool experience! I personally am not a huge sports fan but if I had to pick one to watch or play it would be soccer. I also recently got introduced to rugby because one of my good friends plays on the UMD team. I can only imagine how intense a game like this would be. It is really cool that you had people there explaining to you what was going on. I’m sure that made the whole experience even more meaningful because you actually understood a bit better. I think it would be cool for you to go see another game and maybe even get a group together and try to play a game yourselves!

  4. How cool! I am very into soccer and would love to attend a game in Ireland! I am one however to be kind of annoyed with watching sports with people who don’t really get the particular sport. Yet I am glad that you had people there who had good time and shared the experiences with you. Cheers!

  5. Matthew Breeze

    I find sports in other countries to be fascinating! I appreciate that you say upfront that you are not a huge sports fan, and that you do not like American football. This seems like an odd sport and hard to figure out if you are not accustomed to seeing and or playing it. When I was in New Zealand I was able to experience their love of rugby, it is the national religion, and I can understand the surprise at seeing so many people come out for a relatively little or unknown match between non-professional teams. Sports can be a great insight into the mindset or the ideas that a country takes to heart. Irelands seems to have a great sport that more Americans could take an interest in.

  6. Kathleen Reicher

    Thanks for sharing, Allison! I also have very little knowledge when it comes to sports, but your explanation of this game made sense to me, so good job! It is great that you had someone to help explain what was going on in the game while it was happening. I know I don’t like feeling confused about those things (which is generally why I don’t watch very many sports). The people there sound so nice and friendly! I bet Ireland is a great place to be right now since the weather back here is not great, even if it is a bit chilly there. I hope you are enjoying your trip! It sounds like you are learning a lot. Thanks again for sharing!

  7. Bryce Gadke

    I am glad that you enjoyed a different kind of sporting event more than most that you have previously been familiar with. The concept of the sport seems to fuse other similar events quite well. I, too, am often fascinated by the novelty of a different type of sport, learning the rules can be quite different, but also fun. The game appears to be rather civil between nearby (ish) sporting fans. I am curious about the intensity of the game and if Mayo has different rivals that they are not so cordial with. Overall this sport seems to be fascinating and I looked up more videos of it. The venue seems to pretty close and personal with the players, allowing for an extra enjoyment of the experience. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Trevor Schwartz

    I have never heard of Gaelic football before, but from your video, it looks pretty interesting! With how rough and intense the game sounds it would be fun to give it a shot. That would be a cool experience and story to tell. It’s good to note that thousands of people came to that game and it wasn’t even a professional sport. That just shows the love those Irish have for that sport, which is pretty awesome to know considering I love sports and want to visit Ireland in the future.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Dylan Brovick

    That is super cool that you were able to go to a sporting event that you and I had never heard of. When I first began reading the article I though for sure that it was going to be about soccer but I am happy to find out that there is a sport I have not heard of. The surprising thing to me is that 10,000 people showed up to watch it even though it wasn’t soccer and the teams weren’t paid professionals. That seems like a lot of people who came to watch the game and also a lot who may have made the three hour drive. I like that Owen seems to know the whole town and it is nice to have someone with insider knowledge when in a new place. That reminded me of my uncle who works at a large ski resort in Montana and seems to know everyone on the hill and was able to help us find everything without being hopelessly lost if he wasn’t with us. Lastly, I enjoyed the little girl being the one to help out the adults who didn’t know what was going on in the game. When ever something is new to people no matter what age it is always nice to have someone there that is willing to help out and explain things.

  10. Michaela Campbell

    This article hit me in a soft spot, since I am an avid soccer or futbol fan, and have been playing the game since I was four years old, I love hearing about variations of how people can play it! I really enjoyed the fact that you included a video clip, as I was trying to envision how exactly they could both hold the ball and bounce it, and then dribble as well. You mentioned that although you sat by some fans of the opposing team, you did not notice really any bitter rivalry. I am curious if you would agree that the Irish are not as harsh at sporting events as Americans are? Either way, I am glad that you were able to have young narrators explaining the game to you, and I am excited to have read about a new way to think about how rugby and soccer can be combined! (P.S. I’d agree with you in that I think American football is overrated!)

  11. Alexa Lee

    I thought your observation of the different ways people cheered for their teams was really interesting. You said, “but there did not seem to be the bitter rivalry we would have seen in the states.” I think that is significant because it seems like it was an all-around fun environment to be in with little to no stakes competition. However, competition is a part of a lot of people’s lives, but it’s interesting to see how different cultures express rivalries. What sports in Ireland are they super competitive about, if any? Or maybe not sports, but some other type of competitive event. That’s something I would be interested to hear more about, too!

  12. Amanda Sullivan

    Great post! I have never seen or even heard of Gaelic football before. It sure seems like an interesting sport, and seems like it was a lot of fun to watch. Sports have never been something I have ever been fully interested in. However, it seems as if Gaelic football would definitely be interesting to learn about. It wonderful that you are able to experience all of this while traveling abroad, that is what the trip is all about.

  13. Joel Scheuerlein

    This may come as a surprise but I to have been witness to Gaelic football. It is without a doubt a very entertaining sport, but as a man who grew up playing American football, I must say their is no competition to which one I would prefer. It is incredible to see the amount of sportsmanship that goes into foreign sports. It almost leads you to wonder why American sports have left sportsmanship in the dust and has made sports very selfish in America. I believe this is because of the incredible contracts and wealth the players make in America. They stop playing for the love of the game and the team, because if they play for themselves, they can make more money and get better contracts. I agree with Gaelic football in the sense that it is pure and fun to watch, because the players are playing for the fun of it, and not because of the money.

  14. Kendra Brunn

    Thanks for sharing! Before reading this, I had never heard of Gaelic football. It sounds like such a fun sport to watch! Being at the game must have been such a great experience, and sports are often a big part of different cultures. I love that the younger boy and girl behind you tried to explain everything to you, they must have really wanted you to understand what was going on! I have loved reading about people’s experiences in Ireland these past few weeks. I would love to go someday!

  15. Francesca Do

    Hello Allison,
    Gaelic football sounds really interesting! Even though, I am not an avid sports fan, it would be a really cool experience to watch a Gaelic football game. The video really helped me vision how it was played, as if I was there myself, being amazed on how they dibble the soccer ball and pass to their teammates. I believed that it important to understand that different culture has played similar sports, but in a unique way. Sports can bring the communities and families together by common team interest or even a friendly rivalry. However, in the end of the game, we are to spend some of our time together with the people we love. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, it was very fun to read and learn about Gaelic football!

  16. McKenna Holman

    When you first talked about Gaelic football I assumed that you were talking about soccer, but boy was I wrong! As you were describing the aspects of the game it sounded a whole lot like a game we playing in high school gym. I cannot for the life of me remember what we called it, but it was literally what you described, a mix between soccer and rugby, which a bit of football mixed it. Even the scoring system was the same! This makes me want to go back to my high school gym teacher and tell him he has been giving this game the wrong name for years now! I’m incredibly jealous that you got to attend this match, I can only hope that someday I will have the same opportunity!

  17. Hattie Meyer

    I enjoyed how this article was on sports and not food, there is a lot of food articles. I liked how you pointed out what different sports was mixed into one. Making that connection makes me look at American sports and what aspects they share. I feel that many people don’t realize how many versions of sports there are that are played throughout the world. I found it interesting when you where describing the communication between the two teams fans. I find that in America the tension is much stronger and can be felt within the space. Both sides of the Earth are strong sports fans and supporters. When it comes to America it can escalate, in Europe they love there teams but they are respectful to one another. Gotta love sports!

  18. Hanna McLevish

    I am not a huge sports fan either, but this sounds very interesting! It is so cool that you got to experience something completely outside of your own culture. It’s so cute how the two siblings were explaining everything to you. This shows how we all have our traditions in our cultures and there are some similarities and differences in them. Great article! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Caroline Grube

    I found this article very interesting! I am definitely a sports fan, however, I don’t know everything there is to know about every sport. I love to watch American Football, but occasionally I have to lean over to my dad, brother, or boyfriend and ask what just happened and why. I love learning about other sports and the different and maybe strange rules that they have. I thought your experience with this was very interesting! I would have loved to watch something like this!

  20. Nouqouja Yang

    This was really interesting to me because I know that in France, they called soccer football instead and called our kind of football sport, American football. So with this, before you got into the sports description, I thought it would be about soccer for some reason. I don’t really watch football in America either but this sounded really interesting. Your experience seemed so fun and the people were so nice. It’s interesting to see how people react and are to each other knowing they are cheering for the opposite teams. It’s nice to see the couple and you all not raging at each other. I really like how you included a small clip in your article. It made my imagination more clear because I was able to connect your descriptions with an actual picture/video. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! It was really fun reading this.

  21. Elaina Wald

    Its always interesting to me how many incarnations of football there are across nations. I personally am a huge fan of American football, but I also love true football (soccer.) Its sweet that young people were so proud to teach you a game and an adult woman and proud mom chimed in as well. What a true representation of sports bringing people of all ages together. It’s very interesting to me that the rivalry isn’t necessarily taken seriously because, as you pointed out, American sports rivalries are prevalent and strong. Thanks for sharing your Ireland adventures with us!

  22. Avnish Miyangar

    I think it is very interesting for non-sports fans to provide their perspective on a sport. How I view Gaelic Football is a mixture between Rugby and Soccer. From my own knowledge it has rules from both games. A very intense sport and I think it is played on a round field and you have to kick the ball every few steps or so if you are running with the ball in your hand. Exactly how your video explained. I have never had the chance to play the game but your experience looked amazing. Having had the pleasure of playing both rugby and soccer I agree it is slightly less rough than rugby but looks equally as fun.

  23. Kalley Friederichs

    Allison, thank you for sharing your experience with us! I am a fan of sports, but have never heard of Gaelic Football before. I think it is very cool that you were able to attend a game and immerse yourself into the pastimes and hobbies of the locals. You were very lucky that you had someone with you to help explain the sport to you, because even sports that you do know the basics of can still be hard to fully understand all the little rules and regulations. It sounds like you had a fun experience and I hope I get to experience something like that someday!

  24. Rachel Reicher

    Thank you for sharing, Allie! What a cool experience! American football is all most of us know, and rugby can be quite tricky to understand. I can relate to you that I never had much interest in American football because I struggled with the rules, flags, play, I guess pretty much all of it. Learning a new sport can be difficult, especially from a different country! It looks like you little teachers helped you out tremendously! It is amazing how those children were so friendly and helped you through the games. That is unique because some children seem so shy, especially to strangers from another country. It is quite remarkable that rules of sports we know can be translated into other sports around the world. It are small connections like those that can make a foreigner feel somewhat at home while travelling abroad such as yourself. This was a very interesting read and I loved the video clip. Very interesting!

  25. Thomas Landgren

    Thank you for sharing more of your experience in Ireland. It is always interesting to learn about other sports around the world. I agree it can be very confusing to learn some of these sports but it always is easier when you can pull similarities from other sports back home. It was nice of those kids to spend the time and teach you guys the rules of the game. I found it interesting that everyone was so civil even when the home team lost. Did they say this was common? or is there a team that is like their rival so things become less civil? Thank you for adding the video it adds more to the overall experience of reading about your travels.

  26. Paige Perreira

    As someone who played soccer for 8 years, I was completely amazed watching the video. I know just about everything about the sport, because I also was an avid viewer. It’s so difficult for me to imagine playing soccer, using my hands on the field! This sport is so unique and I’ve never heard or seen anything like it before! I’m sure there is extreme competitiveness within this sport, which would be really cool to experience. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome experience!

  27. William Brennhofer

    I never new that there were sports like this that were only played in one country. I mean i guess it is easy to see, but coming from an American background, all our sports were brought over or exported, so most if not all us sports are played somewhere else. I am really happy that people at the game were able to explain it. One of my biggest pet peeves is when you don’t understand something and no one wants to help out. Also in america i wonder if fans here would be as open to help a newcomer understand a brand new idea or sport? Juts makes everything seem like ti is on such a bigger scale then what i have thought of before.

  28. Mariah Koenig

    I had never heard of Gaelic Football before! I can definitely see how that sport would be hard to follow and understand! To me, soccer and basketball are the two sports that I just can’t get into watching (even though I played soccer for 9 years), but I like rugby, football, and I LOVE hockey! If I were you, after watching this game, I would totally want to try it out! Based on the description of the game you gave, it seems like it would be really hard to get a handle on. Learning about sports in various countries is interesting to me. You’re very lucky you got to see one of those sports first hand! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Certainly sounds like an interesting experience! I loved the kid behind you dabbing and flipping waterbottles. It’s actually kind of cool to see how some stupid internet dance move can spread world wide. Today the world is so connected, but we do not always realize the magnitude of it. I think other countries have way better sports. I am with you when it comes to american football.

  30. Andrew Bailey

    Allison, thank you very much for sharing your experience spectating Gaelic football. It is amazing how many different sports there are around the world that involve balls and nets. From your video, it looks like there were a lot of people there spectating, which goes to show the sports popularity in Ireland. Something else I noticed is that we as humans borrow ideas from other humans. I wonder if this sport was founded first, or if it picked up its rules and adapted from the sport of football or soccer. When simplified, it is cool that we as humans enjoy watching other people play sports because sport itself is quite simple, but when you add a team, uniforms, rules, referees, and a stadium it seems much more complex.

  31. Ellen Hansem

    We all get cold sometimes, so you can keep that Minnesota cred. Anyway, as universal a concept sports seem to be, it really is fascinating how the traditions around them can shift from culture to culture. As someone who grew up on American football, I can understand your preferences for the Gaelic variety- a bit more energized. Above all, it’s nice to be reminded that these elements of team loyalty and pride are carried across the globe. Much like food and music, I see sports as a universal language, and I’m glad you’ve come to enjoy it!

  32. Siji Gonzalez

    As a sports fanatic and the passion I have for sports, I have never heard of this sport until now. So thank you. I think that people should really start to learn about new sports and think that people should do what you have done and experience it live. There are many sports that we may have never watched or play and we may think they may not be as competitive because we don’t play them or try to experience them. So its cool that you have shared you experience with us and i hope others go out and try new things that they have never done.

  33. Your experience with Gaelic football sounds like my own experience with American football – except I was more aware about what the sport was! But Gaelic football is certainly a must-see in Ireland and it was great that the locals were eager to share their knowledge and passion of the game with you all. I agree that the sport is a mix between rugby and soccer, both of which are fun sports to watch. The level of rivalry and competitiveness is considerably different than that of American spectators. People are able to just enjoy the sport itself without all the added drama and build-up!

  34. This sounds like such an interesting sport to watch! I would definitely enjoy sitting in the stands to spectate. The point system sounds a little cumbersome, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to get used to. I’ve played a lot of variations on the one ball/ two field goals/ two teams game. I think handball and speedball are my favorite. What was your favorite part of the game?

  35. It would be very interesting to learn more about the history of how the game developed or was created! Do you know anything about that at all? I also find it interesting that they remained much more civil towards differing teams there even though they seemed to be much more passionate about the game and attending it than many Americans are about attending non-professional sporting events. Did you enjoy watching this sport more than many of the American sports you have watched? As always, thank you for sharing this!

  36. Isabella Restrepo- Toro

    I agree with you about American football, I just can’t seem to find it interesting at all, a fact that might be due to the lack of knowledge and exposure I have of the sport. It is amazing that that many people (10,000) came to a match for teams that aren’t even professional although I must say that that I am not surprised as the same thing happens when soccer is involved in Colombia. Just like in Ireland, some sport even when they are not played by professionals are taken seriously. I can definitely say that I relate to the experience of having a person explain a sport to you and not being able to know what was happening, meaning being completely confused, something that happens to me since the first American football match I saw. I must say that my favorite part about our story is the two younger children which explained the sport to you as I honestly think that most things explained from a kid’s perspective is incredible. I am also really amazed by the fact that they understood the sport well enough to explain it to people that had no previous knowledge on it. I really appreciate your description of the game, and it is for sure making me want to watch it and experience what it is like to be watching a Gaelic football match as it involves not only my favorite sport, soccer, but also some strength and agility by involving two sports. To answer your final question, you will l be allowed to return because I am here and I agree with you in the fact the American football is not the sport that I like the most (actually I don’t like it at all). Keep enjoying your trip.

  37. Lorenz Hoss

    Allison, I had a great time while I read your article! You’ve caught my interest for Ireland and Gaelic football in all terms. I particularly liked it when you went to the local pub the next day. Isn´t it interesting how everyone knows what formation, what players, and so on are best for their team? No matter whether American football, baseball, soccer, or Gaelic football, everyone turns into the coach and knows which decisions you need to make for improvement. I guess that´s one key element for the success of team and strategic sports. The fans can identify on a very high level with a team and get even more excited when they can slip into the coaches role for a bit.

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