PITTSBURGH GAA Youth (ages 6 to 16)

Camp Cúla Búla:

Irish Culture and Sports Camp

We would like to invite your child to come and spend a week immersing themselves in the sights, sounds, sports, and culture of Ireland. Campers will enjoy a wide range of activities from Irish Football to Irish Dance, Irish Language and stories, Irish Music and the Arts.

Your child will enjoy one of the most diverse sports in the world, Gaelic Football. Pre-dating Soccer, Rugby, and most other field sports, and played in Ireland for hundreds of years, Gaelic Football combines many of the sports skills your child has already developed in a fun high-scoring game. We also hope to expose young players to Hurling and Camogie intriguing field games similar to field hockey or Lacrosse.

If you've ever been lucky enough to visit Ireland, you'll notice that all the road signs and many government papers are in Irish Gaelic. Ireland is very serious about instilling pride in the Irish language from an early age; so much so that to hold some government positions it's required to know Irish Gaelic and many sporting events are announced in Irish Gaelic first, then English. Come expose your young language enthusiast to Irish Gaelic and who knows, perhaps take an important first step toward preparing them for that college semester in Ireland, or overseas job there one day!

Irish dance is inherently social. You may have found yourself at an Irish wedding, or perhaps seen online various clips of clever Irish dance sequences. Although Irish dance extends to being a serious competitive sport if your child's interests take them that far, let us give your child enough dance to be dangerous at a wedding or ceili (Irish dance). Never fear, if there are one or two just not interested in cutting rug, we have plans for them to be involved in our end-of-week performance in other ways.

While the camp will center largely around these areas, we will also be engaging with other local Irish organizations and experts for inputs around music, general learning, and other fun activities.

Your child should join the camp to experience a new country right here in Pittsburgh! Learn and play our sports, and dances, hear about our fables and language, make new friends and create lasting memories.

Ages: 6 - 14

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday June 18th – Friday June 22nd

Non-member fee:       $300 ($255 for 2nd child, $210 for 3rd child*)

Member fee*:            $240 ($210 for 2nd child, $180 for 3rd child*)

*Member is defined as someone signed up for the PGAA Youth Summer Program, or someone currently enrolled in a local Irish step-dancing school.

*2nd and 3rd child discounts are valid until May 1st, 2018

Lead Instructors:

Robert Tierney, USGAA Games Development Officer

Marie Young, Irish Language Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Sheila Shovlin, Co-director, Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance

Mary Conroy, Co-director, The Burke-Conroy School of Irish Dance

Others, TBD

For more information, contact Rob at (412) 478-2799 or email youthchairperson@pittsburghgaa.com

Cancellation Policy: The camp is subject to minimum and maximum enrollment. In the event of cancellation, Pittsburgh GAA Youth will attempt to notify families in advance and refund the entire course fee. If a camper must cancel and cancellation is received 21 days prior to the class start date, you will receive a full refund (less a $20 non-refundable season registration fee). If cancellation is received less than 21 days, but at least seven days prior to the camp start date, you will receive a 50% refund of the camp cost. There is no refund for cancellations received less than seven days before the camp start date.


Summer Youth Program

Join The Pittsburgh GAA Youth for our summer Program which will be based at three seperate Pittsburgh locations and will run for 10 weeks from June 4 – August 13, 2017. additional details about the Pittsburgh GAA Youth are below. 


Sundays, 11:00 am - 12:30pm

Wilkins Primary School, 362 Churchill Road Pittsburgh, PA 15235


Sundays, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Shaler Elementary School, Scott Avenue, Shaler


Sundays, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Brookline Rec Center, Brookline



The training and development of each region will be managed by its own Regional Head Coach, who will be directed and assisted by the Pittsburgh GAA Youth Officer, Rob Tierney. Training sessions will be held on Sundays throughout the 10 week program, excluding Memorial & 4th of July weekend. The season culminates with competitions between each region during the 8th and 9th weeks to determine the Pittsburgh Youth Champions. In the 10th week of the season, the team will travel to Buffalo for competitions against their youth teams and also compete in the 2017 Continental Youth Championships.


Why Get Involved?

the Youth Team is always looking for players between the ages of 6-16 interested in getting involved with the game. Pittsburgh GAA Youth Football was organized to encourage young American players to get involved in Gaelic games and promote this important part of Irish culture in the Pittsburgh area. A sport that has often been described as a hybrid of soccer, basketball and rugby, but so much more. The Youth team has produced over 50 youngsters playing Gaelic football. The Team has also produced several Minor Championships along with many NACB Minor Select players. There are currently a number of former Youth players playing for the men's team today. 



Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Will coaches be certified and have appropriate youth clearances?

A. Coaching will be delivered by certified GAA (the Gaelic Athletic Association) coaches and will also have the relevant PA Child Clearances. The board will also have appropriate clearances.

Q. Can I help?

A. Parent’s help is appreciated. Check-mark the application form if you are interested in coaching. We’ll hold a session before we start to help you understand the basics of the game.

Q. My child can’t take part in the full 10 week program, can they come for a few weeks?

A. Certainly, we’d like to give as much exposure as possible to the children.

Q. How much does it cost to register my child?

The cost is $40 per child, if registering before April 30th, maximum $80 per family, and $50 per child if registering after April 30th, maximum $100 per family.

Q. What does registration include?

A. We will supply every child with their own Gaelic football, Youth Program T-shirt (available mid-program), National registration.

sign up or Questions?

For more information regarding our Youth Program, send us any questions you may have below or reach out to our Youth Officer David Vance at: youthofficer@pittsburghgaa.com

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