The Memphis Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club promotes the Irish sports of hurling and Gaelic football in the Memphis community. The club was founded in 2015 by Jesse Gammons, a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, who was an active player in the Nashville GAA club before moving to Memphis. Dermot Murray, originally from Ireland, took over as Club Chairman after Jesse moved away in late 2016.
Gaelic football and hurling are the most popular sports in Ireland (far more than soccer or rugby) and is played by Irish and non-Irish people all over the world. Think of Gaelic football as a cross between soccer and basketball, and hurling as a cross between field hockey and lacrosse.
The club is planning to host a co-ed adult Spring 2017 “pub league” for Gaelic football from March through May, with four teams sponsored by The Brass Door (Madison Ave), Celtic Crossing (Cooper Young), The Majestic Grille (South Main St.) and Murphy’s Bar (Madison Ave). No previous experience or special equipment is necessary to sign-up for the league – all will be provided by the club (including training on how to play both sports).