It is a huge celebration of Irish culture, and importantly, inclusiveness.” Similar international GAA competitions are taking place in other far-flung locations this month, with the Australasian Championships held in Melbourne last week, and the European GAA Championship finals in Maastricht, in the Netherlands, next weekend.
There are 439 GAA clubs outside Ireland, about 20 per cent of the total.
North America has 130 clubs, with 40 in New York alone, while Britain has 83, Europe has 71, Australasia has 64 and Canada has 19.
The biggest growth in recent years has been in Asia, with clubs there now numbering 22.
As this article rolls off the presses in Ireland and goes online in the early hours of Saturday morning, on the other side of the world, more than 800 people living around Asia will be taking to a field in Kuala Lumpur for a weekend of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie.
Instead of wearing their county colours, these players will don jerseys with the crests of teams with names as exotic as the Daegu Fianna, Viet Celts, Singapore Gaelic Lions and Jakarta Dragonflies.
By tomorrow evening 65 teams from 26 clubs across 18 countries in the region will have competed in 180 matches in the 19th annual Asian Gaelic Games tournament.
The event has grown hugely since its first outing, in 1996, when just 72 players met in Manila.
It is now the largest gathering of the Irish community in Asia and the Gulf.
Most participants are Irish people living and working in the region, but many other nationalities, both locals and expats from other countries around the world, have also signed up to play.