A number of Sports closely related to the Gaelic Games of Ireland are played throughout the Celtic or Atlantic Nations on the Western Seaboard of Europe:
Below you will find links to the various competitions in the following sports:
Basque Pelota is similar to Handball, but played with a curved glove. Scottish Shinty is a version of Hurling played mostly in the Gaelic-speaking parts of the Scottish Highlands & Isles. Welsh Baseball is Wales’ Celtic Game and is their version of Rounders. Other uncodified versions of Hurling are Cammag played on the Isle of Man, and also Cornish Hurling (more like a version of Rugby) played in Cornwall, as well as Cumbrian Uppies & Downies and various versions of these sports played in Northumberland, Orkney Islands, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire.
As well as the above versions of Handball, Hurling and Rounders, Gaelic Football is played in Galicia (Northwest Iberia) and Brittany (Northwest France) which are historically Celtic-speaking areas. The Sport is played entirely by natives in villages in those two Celtic Nations.
Shinty is the Scottish Gaelic version of Hurling and has been played in the Scottish Highlands and Islands since the Middle Ages.
It is 12 a side as opposed to 15 a side in Hurling and currently consists of a 6 division Men’s League as well as a Women’s League and a University League, with several Underage categories too.
There is a Hurling-Shinty International Rules variation on the two sports with a 14 a side match played every year between Ireland and Scotland.
Below you will find links to the Results and Tables of various competitions.
The first dedicated Shinty match ever to take place in Ireland, took place in Westmeath in 2010. (see article for references).
Shinty Premier League
(Decade / Era Overviews):
Shinty Premiership (Seasons):
Shinty National League Division 1
(Decade / Era Overviews):
Shinty National League (Seasons):
Shinty North Region:
Shinty North Division 1 (Seasons):
Shinty North Division 2 (Seasons):
Shinty South Region:
Shinty South Division 1 (Seasons):
Shinty South Division 2 (Seasons):
Women’s Camanachd Association:
Scottish Universities Shinty:
Welsh Baseball is the Welsh version of Rounders or Baseball and is their Traditional Celtic Sport. It is played like Baseball or Rounders on a diamond, with the original posts instead of bases like in Medieval Rounders, and the diamond is assymetrical. The bat is more like a cricket bat than a baseball or rounders bat, being slightly flat and tapers from the base to the handle. Points are scored for each base reached and also a point for getting all the way round back home.
The sport is played in mostly working class areas of South Wales and Liverpool, particularly in neighborhoods with a strong Irish Catholic population.
The game was originally Rounders but a visiting American Baseball team played matches in Liverpool against local teams at the turn of the 20th Century (early 1900s), and the English Rounders Association (Liverpool) adopted some of the innovations in Baseball, thus deciding it was no longer Rounders and changed the name. It instructed its counterparts in the Welsh Baseball Union and Gloucester Baseball Union (no longer active) to do the same, thus leading to a hybrid Rounders-Baseball code unique to Wales and Liverpool.
Below you will find links to the Results and Tables of various competitions:
Welsh Ladies Baseball Union (Decade / Era Overviews):
Welsh Baseball Union (Men’s):
GAA Galicia Men’s League (Seasons):
Medieval Celtic Sports
A number of Medieval Football & Hurling games survive from the pre-codification of Football & Hurling in the 19th Century. These are mostly played in the Celtic or Etruscan Fringes of Britain, France & Italy.