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!

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.