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About The Washington D.C. Gaels

The Washington D.C. Gaels

On the 12th of October, 1988. The Washington Gaels F.C. was founded due to a burning desire by newly arrived Irish immigrants to retain some of what they had left behind in the playing fields of Ireland. The D.C. Gaels offer a unique opportunity to women, men and children in the Washington D.C. Metro area to become part of a community to learn and play traditional Irish sports. The D.C. Gaels are a non-profit volunteer led club who form an integral part of the Irish Community in Washington D.C..

Gaels History Project

In order to better document its history, the club conducted interviews with its members to create a fuller picture of all the hours of hard work that have gone into making our club what it is. To learn more, follow this link.

Mid-Atlantic Division GAA (MAGAA)

The Mid-Atlantic Division of the United States Gaelic Athletic Association (USGAA) was established in 2016 to administer to the continuing growth of GAA games in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. The Division currently organizes teams in Washington D.C., Maryland (Baltimore), and Virginia (Alexandria, Virginia Beach/Norfolk and Richmond); and is continuing to grow within the Mid-Atlantic region.


Founded in 1959, the USGAA is the governing body responsible for promoting Gaelic sports in the United States. There are over 150 clubs playing Gaelic Games in approximately 50 cities across the US. These clubs participate in games throughout all 12 months of the year in local competitions, city leagues, regional tournaments and the USGAA Finals.

Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is an Irish international amateur sporting and cultural organization, focused primarily on promoting Gaelic games which include the traditional Irish sports of Hurling, Camogie and Gaelic football. Since its foundation in 1884, the association has grown to become a major influence in Irish sporting and cultural life, with considerable reach into communities throughout Ireland and among the Irish diaspora. As of 2023, the organization represents over 450 clubs globally.

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