Ireland has a fantastic sporting heritage and enthusiasm for all sports is rife throughout the country, from junior and amateur levels all the way up to international professionals. The five most popular sports in Ireland Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and horse racing being spectator and participant sports and lets not forget golf are very sociable activities in Ireland that bring people together, whether joining a club or team or simply watching in the pub. As such, an Ireland Sports Tour to attend sporting events or to compete as a team can be a great way to see the country and meet people while enjoying your favorite sport. In addition to huge support for the mainstream European sports such as football, rugby, and golf, Ireland has many of its own sports that are followed fanatically and have begun to grow internationally thanks to the large Irish expatriate communities all over the world.
The most popular sport in Ireland is Gaelic football, which has more in common with rugby or Australian-rules football than association football. Normally played by teams of 15 over two halves of around 30 minutes on a large grass pitch, the aim is to score more points than the other team.