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The Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1884 to counter the decline in popularity of several traditional Irish sports including Hurling and Gaelic Football. However the individual sports themselves are considerably older.

Hurling is the oldest with origins dating back over 3,000 years. Modern Gaelic Football was only formalised in 1887 but its informal predecessor Caid is at least 700 years old.

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