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Taiwan Celts Gaelic Football Club was founded in 1995, when a group of young Irish college graduates found themselves landed in the hustle and bustle of Taipei. At the time Gaelic football was unheard of in Asia, so this group of young enthusiasts thought why not bring their national sport to the continent.
Thus, Cumman na Luthchleas Gael was founded. They met every weekend to train and play games, and the number soon grew as people from many different countries came along, taking up the rather surprising opportunity to play a Gaelic sport in Asia.
It didn’t stop there. With strong Irish communities in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, why not have an Asian Gaelic Games tournament? The Taiwan CLG members saw this as a fantastic opportunity to get all the Irish in Asia together for a weekend of football and craic! After Trojan work by founding members, the first Asian finals were held in Manila in 1996. The dream had become a reality.
Since then the Asian Games have gone from strength to strength, and the finals have become more successful every year. The 2002 Asian Gaelic games were held in Phuket, Thailand, and were presided over by President of Ireland, Her Excellency Mary McAleese, as well as current GAA president, Sean Kelly.
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