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Fáilte to The Hartford GAA website!

Hurling and Gaelic Football have a very long history in the Hartford area.  There are numerous references to hurling and football games in the archives of local Hartford newspapers stretching back to early in the Twentieth century.  We know that the Hartford Gaelic team defeated Waterbury in 1914 to become State Champions and that the Kevin Barry Hurling Club was active in Hartford starting in the 1920s.

With the mass exodus of immigrants to Connecticut in the 50s and 60s came an era in our history that will never be forgotten.  Since then then our Gaelic team has enjoyed a National Championship win and many State Championships through the 70s and 80s. 

Hartford Youth Gaelic Football was resurrected in 2009 after a more than 20-year hiatus by Stephen Miskell from County Galway and Johnny Murphy from County Cork.  Our numbers keep growing every year.  And after a long absence, Senior Hurling returned to Hartford in 2011 thanks to the efforts of Dick Edmonds from County Clare.  The team revived the name of Kevin Barry from the early 20th century club to honor their legacy.

Our club is based on the pride of the past and the promise of the future.  It is our wholehearted commitment to promote the Gaelic games in Connecticut.

The Hartford GAA  currently encompasses Senior Gaelic Football, Senior Hurling and Youth Programs in both sports.  Our teams train and play throughout the year and compete in the New England area.  We belong to the larger Boston-Northeast GAA along with the official GAA, which includes Irish sport programs throughout the world. 

You most definitely do not need to be Irish to play!  All players are welcome and our teammates come from many towns in the greater Hartford region including West Hartford, Manchester, Colchester, Hebron, Suffield, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, and East Lyme.

Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to contact us.

Help us keep the Gaelic Games alive and hope you enjoy our site!

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