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Gaelic games is truly going global. With the GAA now firmly established in every corner of the world, the experience of playing hurling, football and handball is reaching out to some unlikely participants.

Last week, Na Fianna CLG played host to the Arsenal Ladies soccer team, who tried their hand at Ireland's national sports. Arsenal LFC are one of the world's most successful ladies soccer clubs so to see them pick up hurls and size-five O'Neills footballs was something special.

There were four players who probably weren't too daunted by it, however, as the the Gunners have four Irish internationals in their ranks in the shape of Emma Byrne, Ciara Grant, Niamh Fahey and Yvonne Tracey.

It is part of a unique tourist/visitor experience called Experience Gaelic Games.

The group are now an official partner of the GAA and other participants include the Fijian rugby team and the Welsh soccer team.

As well as sporting events, Experience Gaelic Games caters for corporate events, school tours and social outings such as stag and hen parties.

This uniquely Irish experience has proven a massive hit with all who have tried it and it is further evidence of how the appeal of Gaelic games is continuing to grow apace.