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Liathróid Láimhe - Handball

Handball is a very enjoyable, fast and highly energetic game, which has a strong tradition in Ireland. As indeed with all other GAA games, handball provides healthy challenges and social interaction for all level of players. Handball was also integrated into the G.A.A. Charter of 1884 as one of the sports to be promoted by the new Association. Comhairle Liathróid Láimhe na hÉireann (the Irish Handball Council) was established in 1924 to help develop, manage and promote the sport. In 2009 Comhairle Liathroid Laimhe na hEireann was rebranded as the GAA Irish Handball Council.

Irish emigrants brought the game to many countries in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It is still played in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, Africa and England. In Ireland, there are four recognised types of handball. There is 40x20 (small court), the traditional 60x30 Softball & Hardball (big alley) and One-wall handball. One-wall handball has become very popular over the past number of years and it is the most popular version of international handball.

The game is won by serving or returning the ball so the opponent is unable to keep the ball in play. The game is won by the first team scoring 21 points. A point is won when the opposing team is unable to return the ball to the front wall or before the ball touches the floor twice. Points are scored by the serving side serving an ace or winning a rally. If a serving side loses a rally they then lose their serve. Losing a serve is called a ‘handout’. A match is won by the first team to win two games. Irish courts are 30ft wide, 27ft high and 60ft long. Rules can be downloaded from the GAA website.

Handball & Middle East GAA

The Middle East County Board will trial the new format of the game, the 'One Wall' handball at events throughout the season. The MEB will also appoint a liaison officer to promote the code among clubs and to act as a point of contact with GAA Handball in Ireland.


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