Non-Traditional or New GAA Sports include International Rules, Poc Fada and Rounders. Handball is included here for the purposes of keeping the website organised is a way that is user-friendly.
International Rules dates back to 1897 when a Dublin Club Hurling team played a Scottish Shinty Club. Since then International Rules, also known as Compromise Rules matches have taken place in Football (Ireland v Australia), Handball-Pelota (Ireland v Basque Country), Rounders-Baseball and Rounders-Softball, Hurlacrosse (Ireland v Iroquois Nationals), and Poc Fada Golf (the World’s first Poc Fada Golf Course recently opened in North County Dublin).
Handball has been described on the GAA Handball website as the GAA’s only Real World Sport, with Handball played throughout North America, Central America, Caribbean, Western Europe, Australia and Japan. According to the World Handball Council website the sport was first played in Ireland.
Poc Fada is like an Irish version of Golf, whereby a player has to use a Hurl / Hurley or Camog to hit a ball up the side of a mountain, and down the other side in as few pocs (shots) as possible.
Rounders was included in the Original GAA Charter in 1884, but it was not until 1958 that the Erin’s Own Club in Antrim began organising it. It now has an All-Ireland Championship in Ladies, Men’s and Mixed.
International Rules, also known as Compromise Rules is a term for a number of related sports combining the rules of GAA sports with similar sports from around the World. There is International Rules Football, played between Ireland and Australia, Hurling-Shinty, played between Ireland and Scotland, Handball-Pelota, which is Ireland v Basque Country, as well as Rounders-Baseball and Rounders-Softball (Irish teams v American, Canadian and Britsh teams), Hurlacrosse (Hurling-Lacrosse – Ireland v Iroquois Nationals), and Poc Fada Golf (A Golf Course where players use a Hurl/Hurley to hit the ball into the hole)
International Rules Football
Ireland v Australia Overviews:
Ireland v Scotland Overviews:
 The 42.ie (2019) “17 counties represented in Ireland squad to face Scotland in shinty international” 31 October, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.the42.ie/ireland-scotland-hurling-shinty-squad-4873548-Oct2019/ [Photo Caption]: “Ireland Players Celebrate with the Cup following the 2015 Victory” [Internet] Available from: https://img2.thejournal.ie/article/4873548/river?version=4873574&width=1340 [Accessed 9 April 2020]
Handball was first played in Ireland according to the World Handball Council website and the GAA Handball website describes it as the GAA’s only real World Sport. It is organised along the same lines as the rest of the Gaelic Games which come under the authority of the GAA – with County, Provincial and All-Ireland Championships, in both Men’s and Women’s, Team and Individual, Boys and Girls and also in Softball and Hardball versions. Some players compete in the European Pro Wallball Tour (Wallball is a unified version of Handball in Europe, bringing together the Handball of Ireland, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Catalonia, Basque Country, Belgium, Wallonia, Flanders and Netherlands. Others play on the US circuit or in Canada and Australia. It is also played in Japan and Latin America.
All-Ireland Championships (Overviews)
GAA Handball All-Ireland 40×20 Championships Men’s Senior Singles 1975-Present
Poc Fada is ancient Gaelic Game, whereby the Hurler or Camogie player uses their Hurl / Hurley or Camog to hit a sliotar (ball) up the side of a mountain and down the other side in as few pocs (hits) as possible. It is related to the Scottish Sport of Golf.
GAA Poc Fada All-Ireland Chamionships (Rolls of Honour):
Rounders is an Irish and British version of Softball and Baseball, and thought to be the ancestor of both. It was first codified in Ireland as part of the Original GAA Charter of 1884, but not organised until 1958. It is a Bat and Ball (also known as Safe Haven) sport whereby the batter attempts to hit a ball thrown at him by a pitcher or bowler and then attempts to run around the bases back home.
GAA Rounders All-Ireland Senior Championships (Finals)