Importance Of The Asian Gaelic Games

Importance Of The Asian Gaelic Games

The Gaelic Athletic Association was and is still sporting organization that is an important aspect of Irish community and Irish Identity.  The sport is ancient and has continuously been governed and organized since its official inception in 1884. The organization had been formed to manage and control Irish earlier times and to cement Irish identity.

Gaelic games had over a period been considered an Irish sport, but with the increasing movement of people from one continent to another in search of leisure, these games have continued to spread across different parts of the world. As we speak today, the game has spread to five continents with Asia being a leading participant.

Throughout its existence in Asia, the Asian Gaelic Games has over a period impacted the lives of people across many nations in the Asian continent. In this article, we are going to look at some of the importance of the Asian Gaelic Games and how they have brought about change in the lives of both native and non-native Asians. importance of Asian Gaelic Games

Importance of the Gaelic Games in Asia

  1. Cultural Exchange

Cultural exchange is the swapping of languages, artifacts, and symbols between two or more people from diverse background. This social interaction is an essential tool in establishing cultural communication among people from different communities.

These games have therefore been used as a tool to bring people from different communities together and enable them to understand new values and customs, thus able to integrate themselves into this unique culture without the fear of being discriminated by natives.

  1. School Integration

The idea of using sports in schools as a tool of integration has helped create strategies that have helped immigrants participate in games and therefore creating the opportunity of making new friends and learning different languages. The homes clubs have also played an important role of teaching students from local schools how to play various games in a fun and entertaining way.

This has helped bring down the fear that native individuals may have when it comes to interacting with foreigners from different countries. It has also helped promote sports and culture and allow the locals to have a positive image of the foreigners.

  1. Supports Economic And Infrastructural Development

Through the games, countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China, and many other Asian nations have noticed a significant development in regards to infrastructure. Several stadia have been built in an effort to promote sports leading to a massive growth in sports infrastructure across many Asian Countries.

Sports can attract large numbers of people from both local and international places hence promoting businesses especially the transport and hotel industry which have in turn boosted the economy of the individual countries that participate in these games.

  1. Creation of Job Opportunities

Due to the increased number of clubs, several people including coaches, technical managers, trainers and several others in the sports industry have been employed to help manage these teams hence creating more jobs which wouldn’t be there if the games never existed.

Though there are several other importance of the Asian Gaelic games, the above summarizes the most significant positive impacts of the games in Asia.

Mark Team Started The Asian Gaelic Games

Mark a team started the asian gaelic games with a bang after beating the strong gulf team of Abu Dhabi A early on Saturday morning. Next up was Hong Kong B in a very hot-tempered match.





Our own Ben Simpson led from midfield and was our only player booked in a game where HK were very lucky not too have any player’s sent off.


Only a single goal separated the sides at the end with HK edging out the win.

Final Game

Our final game of the day was almost cancelled before it began with the weather turning “Malaysian” as we ran onto the pitch.

Forced The Game

Thunder, lightning and the slightly un-tropical freezing hailstone forced the game to be postponed for 40 minutes.


The delay didn’t help our team, some of whom hadn’t seen hailstone in years, nevermind played in it!

Despite Jason Gorham seemingly scoring points for fun, a bad start left us chasing a very good Dubai side and they ran out winners in the end.Our final group game kicked off at 8:40am Sunday morning against a Japan side that needed to beat us to avoid being eliminated. Both sides held the lead at times throughout the game with Seamus Moriarty displaying a predator instinct with a few good goals.

The Eventual Winners

The game eventually finished level, knocking Japan out and sending us through to a quarter final against the tournament hosts, the Seoul Gaels.A poor start to the quarter final cost us dearly with 3 goals conceded in quick succession in the first half being the difference at the end of the game.Every player can be proud of the performance they gave over the 2 days and can take some small consolation that they were knocked out by the eventual winners.– Aidan Higgins

On Thursday October 14, a 20 member-strong advanced guard of the Mark squad travelled to Korea to play in the 2011 All Asian Gaelic Games tournament. We landed at the 21st century Incheon airport and embarked on a white-knucle taxi ride to ‘historic’ Suwon – the location of Ireland’s historic World Cup quarter final loss to Espana. The tournament was to be played at this stadium!

First Ever Thai Soccer Team To Qualify And Play In Asian Gaelic Games

First Ever Thai Soccer Team To Qualify And Play In Asian Gaelic Games

Gaelic games are national sports played in Ireland which have two main games such as the Gaelic football and hurling. Gaelic games are being governed by Irish Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). These games are the most popular sports ever played in Ireland as it always attract massive attendance.

Because of the love of Irish people in Gaelic sports, they took these games with them whenever they travel around the world so that they can feel home whenever nostalgia strikes. Their passion influenced people from all nationalities and that they ended up embracing these kinds of sports.

Thai soccer team

Gaelic Athletic Association became prominent around the world. It has links from UK to United States and in Asia as well. It has been played by Asians from different Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan coining up the term Asian Gaelic Games.

This year, the 22nd Asian Gaelic Games was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 18-19 November 2017 which featured 65 teams representing 20 clubs from across 18 countries in Asia and accommodated 700 athletes. It was sponsored by FEXCO which is Ireland’s largest owned financial technology company in the private sector.

It was in 2007 that the ThaiGAA was established by John Campbell when he spent 2006 in Taipei and found himself playing with the Taiwan Celts Gaelic football team. When he returned to Thailand, he worked with Derek Martin, Padraic Ellicott and Ultan Peters and in 2007, ThaiGAA was able to send their representatives to participate in the 2007 Asian Gaelic Games held in Singapore. The ThaiGAA had a very remarkable competitive start.

As of the recent recording, ThaiGAA fields a total of five teams which include one team for ladies football, two for men’s football and a team for men’s hurling team. There is an upsurge in interest for participating in ThaiGAA and it was influenced by the success of the ladies’ team.

The club is continuously growing and caters new members every week which marks their increasing number. Their goal is to involve more players in the younger age groups as there are some international schools that play Gaelic games.

ThaiGAA had a notable participation during the recently held 22nd Asian Gaelic Games on 18-19 November 2017 sponsored by FEXCO. Aside from the fact that it was the second time they hosted in the event, they introduced an all Thai team for the first time in ThaiGAA’s history.

This team were trained accordingly by Kevin MacHugh and Niall Geraghty and showed them the skills that they needed in order to be a competitive team. The all Bangkok born men’s football team members were thrilled by the experience.

They had a very good initial game play and enjoyed the sports and the camaraderie that came with it. The all Thai team is in continuous training in preparation for other upcoming Gaelic sports events in the Asian Region.

The ThaiGAA established an all Thai men’s team because they find it a good opportunity to develop Gaelic games not only in Thailand and but also across Asia. This is to show all Asians that even Gaelic games are Irish in nature, it has become a world class sports played in different parts of the world and that everyone is welcome to engage.


Pai Gow: An Asian Game Of Ages With American Version-Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow: An Asian Game Of Ages With American Version-Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker is an American version of Pai Gow, an ancient local Asian game gamed with tiles that appear like dominoes. To make it simple, Pai Gow was launched in the American market using universal 52-card joker and Dec. As laid out in the regulations of Pai Gow Poker, you may use the joker as a wild card or an Ace to finish a Straight, a Flush, or a Straight Flush.

Basics of Pai Gow Poker:

To begin playing Pai Gow Poker, you have to place a wager based on the table minimum. After all bets are made, all participants at the table are presented with seven cards and must make two poker hands; a standard five-card poker hand and a two-card poker hand. The five-card hand is frequently known as the high, bottom, big hand or behind while the two-card hand is commonly known as on top, minor, low, small, or in front hand.

Pai Gow Poker

When making two hands from the seven cards, ensure your five-card hand has higher cards than your two-card hand. If you have the highest cards on your two-card hand, it’s known as a” Foul,” and you will automatically lose the game.

Generally, five-card hands maintains the set winning poker hand rules, while two-card hands are basically pairs and high cards. The greatest two-card hand is a set of Aces, and the worst is a hand that has 3 and 2.

As soon as your two hands have the cards in the order you like, put them on the table with the two-card hand in front and the five-card at the behind, thus the nicknames. Your primary aim is to win both hands against the banker, and in this situation, one of the players at the dealer or table can be a banker.


Determining the Winner:

In an effort to determine the winner, all the participants’ hands are compared to the banker’s hands. If both of your hands are superior to the banker’s hands, you will be declared the winner. If your single hand surpasses the banker, that round will be considered as a push or draw in which you do not win or lose. However, if both hands of the banker are superior to yours, you lose your bet. You also lose the bet if you tie with the banker.

Playing Tips of Pai Gow Poker:

At any given opportunity you get, always strive to be the banker because bankers have an upper hand when it comes to winning in comparison to other players. However, it is advisable that you have sufficient amount of money since you will be covering all the bets of other players if they win.

Also, attempt to balance out both two-card hand and five-card hand to increase b your chances of winning, since some gamers only pay attention to the five-card hand and forget about the two-card hand or vice versa.…

Asian Gaelic Games 2011 – Suwon, South Korea

In the days leading up to the weekend of the 15th and 16th of October 2011, Mark packed their collective bags, and 4 teams headed to South Korea to take part in the 2011 Asian Gaelic Games in Suwon. Below is a summary of each teams experiences at the games from the respective team captains. Congratulations to our ladies A team on winning the ladies Plate for the 2nd year in a row, and to the 3 ladies who won well-deserved All-Star awards – Ciara Quigley, Alexa Trout and Jenn Collins. Photos will be uploaded here in the next few weeks, but you can also check our Facebook page for photos, and check out the official games website for some more photos. The yellow shirts of Mark from the opening ceremony are hard to miss, and you’ll find photos from both our ladies teams further down the page.