What is the Pittsburgh Gaelic ATHLETIC Association?
The Pittsburgh Gaelic Athletic Association (PGAA) was founded in 2010 and has since promoted the Irish sport and culture in Pittsburgh. Of course, this was not the start of Gaelic sport in Pittsburgh. Gaelic football has been played in Pittsburgh since the 1940s. The tradition continues today and the PGAA is now home to three teams, the Pittsburgh Celtics Gaelic Football Club, the Pittsburgh Banshees Ladies Football Club and the Pittsburgh Celtics Youth Teams.
As of March 8, 2014, the club became recognized as a 501(c)iii non-profit organization.The organization's mission is to further the development of Gaelic culture in Pittsburgh. Since its inception, the PGAA has overseen back-to-back-to-back Midwest Championships (2011-2013 & 2016) and back-to-back National Championships (2011 & 2012) for the Pittsburgh Celtics. The Banshees have enjoyed similar success with Midwest Championships (2011, 2013) and their first ever National Championship in 2013.
Our club continues to grow, so become part of the tradition by playing, spectating or sponsoring. We look forward to another competitive 2017 season and we thank you for any and all support!
What is Gaelic Football?
Gaelic football (commonly referred to as Irish football in the states) is truly a unique sport that combines many sports all in one. To best sum up, it's where soccer meets rugby (see video). It's mainly played in Ireland, although units of the Association exist in other areas such as North America, Great Britain and Australia. Gaelic football is deeply rooted in Irish tradition. Gaelic football is played between two teams of 15 players on a grass pitch. The objective of the sport is to score by kicking or punching the ball into the other team's goal (3 points) or between two upright posts above the goal (1 point).
The sport is most popular sport in Ireland in terms of attendance, and the final of the All-Ireland Senior Championship, held annually at Croke Park, Dublin, draws crowds of more than 80,000 people. It is one of four sports (collectively referred to as the "Gaelic games") controlled by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the largest sporting organisation in Ireland. Along with hurling and camogie, Gaelic football is one of the few remaining strictly amateur sports in the world, with players, coaches, and managers prohibited from receiving any form of payment.
Get a taste of everything the sport has to offer by joining us at trainings, events or even just spectating games. For more information on becoming a part of the team, simply fill out the form below. We'll answer any questions you may have, along with providing you with upcoming dates for events and practices.
Join and support the Pittsburgh Gaelic Athletic Association all year around by attending events, fundraisers and of course the games. We hope to see you soon!
Darkness Into Light - Pittsburgh Launch
Do you have a mind filled with useless information? Well, here’s your chance to shine. Join us as we support & celebrate the first chapter of Darkness Into Light in Pittsburgh. The launch party will take place at Sieb's Pub & Restaurant March 29 & The Darkness into Light 5k walk will take place May 6.
Do you have a mind filled with useless information? Well, here’s your chance to shine.
Family 7-aside Tournament
Invite family & friends to learn a new sport while enjoying a day of games, prizes and food.