If you have known how to bet on Gaelic Sports and hopefully have a good idea of what you want to bet on, it would be a good idea to discover some Gaelic sports facts and stats. Who is the most successful Gaelic football team? Did the Irish invent ice hockey? Or who is the holder of the top player accolade? Here you can find the answers.
Gaelic Sport Facts and Figures
While hurling is often considered an Irish invention, it dates to the 1780s and was played in North America in Quebec City. Deemed too dangerous to play in the narrow streets, the government banned the sport in 1845. It is believed that hurling was the original inspiration behind ice hockey. Evidence of this comes from the word puck used in ice hockey, and this word is derived from ‘poc’ which means to strike the ball with a hurley.
Most Successful Team
Gaelic football’s most successful team is Kerry GAA. Founded in 1888, Kerry has won the All-Ireland senior title a remarkable 37 times. This included two four-in-a-row triumphs in 1929 and 1978 and two three-in-a-row victories in 1939 and 1984.
It is considered that former manager Mick O’Dwyer is the greatest manager to have graced the sport. In the 1970s and 1980s, 20 All-Ireland finals were held, and out of them, Mick O’Dwyer’s Kerry claimed 9, having participated in 12 finals.
All Stars Footballer of the Year
The biggest night in the Gaelic sports calendar is the announcing of the Gaelic Athletic Association & Gaelic Player’s Association’s Player of the Year. The annual event recognizes players who have made the biggest impact on the sport and is the equivalent of the Ballon d’Or award in football (soccer). Dublin’s Brian Fenton is the current holder of the title, taking over from Mayo’s Andy Moran on November 2018.