A GAA county
or County board
is a geographic region of control within the Gaelic Athletic Association
(GAA), originally based on the counties of Ireland
as they were in 1884, and administered by a county board. While the counties of Ireland have changed since the foundation of that date, the GAA counties remain unchanged. Each county board is responsible for organising GAA club
fixtures within the county and the promotion and development of Gaelic games
The GAA county can also refer to the inter-county team fielded by each county board.
Since the inception of the county system, there have been changes to the region of control of the overseas units. In Ireland the concept of the county is very strong and changing the county boundary is extremely controversial. A proposal to divide Dublin in two was quickly and strongly opposed.
GAA Counties overseas
GAA Counties outside Ireland large geographic non traditional areas may be considered as counties such as Scotland
is a county
for GAA purposes, while the remaining counties of Britain
cover wider areas than their names suggest. For example the Hertfordshire County Board
oversees clubs in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire.