Kampala to lift the Liam McCarthy Cup

By Jonathan Connor

The Irish diaspora has worked hard down through the years to promote and maintain Irish cultural heritage abroad. Whether it’s Cricklewood or Abu Dhabi you can be sure to find a GAA pitch somewhere within a sports ground or park. Thanks to social media, our national sport is growing in popularity around the world with new fans wanting to get involved. 

Kilkenny hurling star Aidan Fogarty recently visited Blanchardstown Local Radio Phoenix FM to discuss his involvement with the Kilkenny to Kampala #K2KGAA Challenge. 

World GAA clubs are established mainly through Irish influence, but this was not so for Ugandans Moses Amanyire and Robert Bakaze. The two sports enthusiasts fell in love with hurling and Gaelic football after watching videos on social media and decided to introduce the sports to Amanyire’s school in Kampala where he instructs PE (Harrington 2022). 

Both men approached a local carpenter who made something similar to a hurl crafted from local indigenous mahogany wood. However, through recent social media funding campaigns, Irish ash hurls and other equipment, including hurling helmets have since been donated through the involvement of GAA stars like Aidan Fogarty. 

Aidan discussed his  involvement in the new fundraising initiative and is hoping to raise €20,000 to support the Kampala hurlers. Aidan will also travel to Kampala in early March to train the hurling teams and help establish the first Ugandan GAA championship.  

Donations will go towards equipment and also to help secure land for a GAA pitch that will include a clubhouse. €10,000 has been raised to date and anyone who wishes to donate can do so by taking part by visiting the below link. You can also take a video of your best hurling skills and post your video online using the hashtag #K2KGAAChallenge. 

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