GAA Football & Hurling
Galway is one of the few ‘dual counties’ in Ireland, competing in both hurling and gaelic football. The two sports are run by separate county boards in Galway, which is unusual, even for a dual county. Generally, football is the dominant game in Connemara, the Aran Islands, Inishbofin, North Galway and the areas around Ballinasloe while Hurling is traditionally stronger in the South and East parts of Galway. Both sports are about equally as popular in the city. Pearse Stadium, in Galway city, is the principle stadium for both sports and it is often where the County teams play their home games against other counties. However, gaelic football followers will argue that Galway Football’s spiritual home lies in Tuam Stadium which was the principle stadium for Galway Footballers for decades.