Italians Love 'Beautiful Gaelic sport!'

Italians Love 'Beautiful Gaelic sport!'

See a special report from the first ever hosting of a Swiss-Italian Regional Tournament in Rome on Saturday May 18, with all-Italian teams stealing the show. 

Rovigo and Padova opened proceedings with a derby game that reflected both Italian passions and GAA parish rivalries. Afterwards, Raffaelo Franco revealed that he founded the Rovigo club after buying a Gaelic football while on honeymoon in Ireland. 'Gaelic Football is a beautiful sport!'

The Rome Tournament also saw the first Italian-born referee take charge of an official game in continental Europe, further proof of the rapid growth of the GAA outside Ireland. 

'We are growing at a rate of 20 per cent every year' says European GAA Secretary Tony Bass. 'We have 75 tournaments this year and 70 clubs, which is more than ten counties in Ireland'. 

Watch more Rome Video footage or some European GAA Video or check out more GAA Videos from around the grounds.

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