GAA / Gaelic Games Overview

Congratulations Teams!!!

Congratulations to the Celtic Cowboys teams on their recent performances at NACB/North American Finals in Chicago, 4 teams traveled to compete over the weekend, the largest number of teams travelling from the one club in the Southwest Division,

All the men’s teams reached the Championship Finals on Sunday with the Men’s Junior Footballers winning the the clubs 4th National Title in 8 years with victory over a gallant Setanta San Diego.
The Hurlers lost to local Chicago club in a tight fought game. It was the lads 6th game in 3 days versus a team playing their one & only game of the weekend.
Our Men’s D footballers lost out to Indy GAA in a tight final. It was a first time North American Championship experience for the majority of this team, so reaching the final was a major achievement.
Our Ladies Footballers lost out to Baltimore in heartbreaking circumstances, conceding a last minute goal in a game they dominated from start to finish. They rallied well to reach the Shield final on Sunday afternoon.

We look forward to a relaxed September to let the bodies heal, before we kick back up in Oct with Pub League & Skills Clinics with the build up to All Stars weekend in Dec.

Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting our push for North American Finals!!!


The Gaelic Athletic Association / Cumann Lúthchleas Gael (G.A.A, established in 1884) is a sporting and cultural organisation that has a presence on all five continents.

It is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world today.

The GAA is a volunteer led, community based organisation that promotes Gaelic games such as Hurling, Football, Handball and Rounders and works with sister organisations to promote Ladies Football and Camogie. It is part of the Irish consciousness and plays an influential role in Irish society that extends far beyond the basic aim of promoting Gaelic games.

The Association has its headquarters at Croke Park in Dublin where it has been based on a full time basis since 1908. The stadium, which was redeveloped between 1993 and 2003, has a capacity of 82,300 and hosts some of the highest profile events in the Irish sporting calendar.

Celtic Cowboys are proud to carry the tradition of Gaelic Football and Hurling in Austin, Texas.

Celtic Cowboys G.A.A

With a wide range of teams, the Celtic Cowboys are very proud to play & promote the tradition of the G.A.A to the Greater Austin area & along the Central Texas Corridor.

Celtic Cowboys Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football

Since our first official game in San Diego in 2006 & our first trip to Nationals in 2007, we have promoted & developed the game in Austin & supported the growth of our neighboring clubs in Texas. From a small squad of 19 players making those trips in 2006/07 to near on 200 players now playing the games in Austin, it has been a fun & pretty successful road:

2006             First Competitive Gaelic Football Game in San Diego

2007             First Trip to NACB Nationals in Chicago

2008             National Junior D Gaelic Football Winners
Austin Compromised Rules Winners

2009             National Junior C Gaelic Football Runners-up
Austin Compromised Rules Winners

2010             National Junior C Gaelic Football Champions
Austin Compromised Rules Winners

2011             National Junior B Hurling Champions
National Junior B Gaelic Football Semi Finalists

2012             Inaugural Texas Championship winners
Added Ladies Gaelic Football Team

2013             Texas Gaelic Football Champions
National Junior C Gaelic Football Shield Winners

2014             Texas Gaelic Football Champions
Texas Ladies Championship Runners-up
National Ladies Football Junior B Runners-Up

2016             National Men’s Football Junior A 2nd Place
National Ladies’ Football Shield Winners

Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football is a field game which has developed as a distinct game similar to the progression of Australian Rules. Gaelic Football is played on a pitch up to 145m long and 90m wide. The goalposts are the same shape as on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than a rugby one and slightly higher than a soccer one.

The ball used in Gaelic Football is round, slightly smaller than a soccer ball. It can be carried in the hand for a distance of four steps and can be kicked or “hand-passed”, a striking motion with the hand or fist. After every four steps the ball must be either bounced or “solo-ed”, an action of dropping the ball onto the foot and kicking it back into the hand. You may not bounce the ball twice in a row. To score, you put the ball over the crossbar by foot or hand / fist for one point or under the crossbar and into the net by foot or the hand / fist in certain circumstances for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three points. Each team consists of 13 players.


Hurling is believed to be the world’s oldest field game. When the Celts came to Ireland as the last ice age was receding, they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes. One of these pastimes was a game now called hurling. It features in Irish folklore to illustrate the deeds of heroic mystical figures and it is chronicled as a distinct Irish pastime for at least 2,000 years.

Celtic Cowboys 7s Hurling Team

Celtic Cowboys 7s Hurling Team

The stick, or “hurley” (called camán in Irish) is curved outwards at the end, to provide the striking surface. The ball or “sliotar” is similar in size to a hockey ball but has raised ridges.

Hurling is played on a pitch that can be up to 145m long and 90m long. The goalposts are similar to those used on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than in rugby and slightly higher than a soccer one.

You may strike the ball on the ground, or in the air. Unlike hockey, you may pick up the ball with your hurley and carry it for not more than four steps in the hand. After those steps you may bounce the ball on the hurley and back to the hand, but you are forbidden to catch the ball more than twice. To get around this, one of the skills is running with the ball balanced on the hurley To score, you put the ball over the crossbar with the hurley or under the crossbar and into the net by the hurley for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three points.

Each team is made up of 15 players with match officials and scoring values the same as in Gaelic Football.