Protestant GAA players are as scarce in Northern Ireland as hen's teeth. I'm not sure there are or were any. You must consider the circumstances in which GA is promoted. It is a sport taught in Catholic schools and practised in clubs mostly by those with a nationalistic/Irish political and cultural bent. The Protestant community does not appear to support it heavily.
There was some talk of Protestants playing Gaelic football before the sectarian violence erupted, but it seems that only senior officials from the Church of England played while others watched (or perhaps no one was willing to risk their lives by doing so).
Since then, none of my research has turned up any evidence that Protestants have played Gaelic games.
Outside of Ireland, there are 439 GAA clubs, accounting for around 20% of the total. North America has 130 clubs, including 40 in New York, whereas the United Kingdom has 83, Europe has 71, Australasia has 64, and Canada has 19. The most recent expansion has been in Asia, where there are presently 22 clubs.
Ireland has 98 GAA clubs, making it the largest association by far. There are also several smaller associations in other European countries with strong GAA traditions: France has 33 clubs, Germany has 26, and Russia is joined by Kazakhstan in having 24 clubs. In addition, there are 7 Indian states with GAA clubs, 3 African countries with clubs, and 1 Latin American country with a club. The only non-European country with GAA clubs is Australia. They are found mainly in the southern states from where they spread throughout much of the world.
Almost all GAA clubs are named after their local community. However, some are also known as "castle" or "town" clubs because they were originally set up to play against local schools or towns. Others were established by immigrants from their home country who retained an interest in playing football. Still others were founded by religious orders who brought the sport with them when they moved to new countries.
Clubs usually form near the site where they can practice the most, which may be within walking distance of their home town but often not.
The GAA is the GAA, and Catholicism is Catholicism. The GAA should be secular and open to individuals from all walks of life. If you are a Catholic and want to play Gaelic football then go for it!
However, if you choose not to play or do not wish to play while wearing your uniform then this may affect your opportunity to do so. The GAA is secular and does not discriminate on the basis of religion or creed, but some clubs may have policies in place regarding religious attire/uniformity. These policies can vary from club to club. It's important to check with your local club before arriving at one that prohibits certain items such as hats, shirts with words on them, etc.
In conclusion, the GAA is secular and open to everyone, but some clubs may have policies in place regarding religious attire/uniformity. If you have any questions about whether or not the GAA is Catholic please feel free to leave a comment below.
GAA is presently the most popular sport in Ireland, with 21%, followed by soccer (19%) and rugby (14%), with athletics, tennis, golf, and swimming each receiving 3%. Boxing is also widely played but only by men; women's boxing has been banned since 1995.
In addition to being one of the most popular sports in Ireland, the GAA is also the most important in terms of revenue. The annual GAA World Congress, which determines policy for the organization, is attended by representatives from all over the world who play a vital role in shaping the future direction of the GAA.
The GAA was founded in 1887 in Dublin, Ireland. It currently has more than 4,000 clubs throughout Europe and North America, with more than 140,000 active members worldwide. In addition to organizing football matches, the GAA also provides funding for community projects such as grass-roots schools programs, hospitals, and care centers. Its headquarters are located in Dublin's Belfield building.
However, like with so many facets of the GAA, there is no equal playing field. Dublin is the country's closest approach to a professional outfit. They have a plethora of advantages that other countries can only dream about. Dublin players know every blade of grass in Croker, as well as their range, which is critical. The city also provides them with a perfect environment in which to practice - with over 70,000 people coming out to see them play each year, there are plenty of fans who will watch any player get the chance to show what they're all about.
Dublin plays in the Leinster League, which is an open league where anyone can join as long as you are not banned by the GAA. There are several different categories in which teams can compete, but most clubs field a team in at least one of the three principal divisions - A, B and C. Teams can contain up to 15 players per match, with two substitutes coming on at half-time. Games are played over 40 minutes with five-minute breaks between halves.
The season runs from early September to late May, with games being played on weekends (except for certain holidays such as Christmas Day and Easter Sunday). During this time, teams will usually travel across Ireland to play matches. Some games may be held locally, but most counties rely on travelling leagues to fill out their schedules. For example, Derry Gaelic footballers will often play London or Ulster teams during the off-season.