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3rd Level

Handball is a fast paced, highly skillful, hugely entertaining, and fully inclusive sport.

There is a vibrant hub of Handball at 3rd Level in Ireland that is coordinated by the Irish Collegiate Handball Association (ICHA).

The ICHA is led by a national committee of volunteers, who work alongside GAA Handball to provide access to Handball at 3rd Level Institutions.

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Current Irish Collegiate Handball Association Committee:

ChairpersonMark McDonnell (Monaghan)
Co-TreasurersKevin Diggins (Kildare) & Laura Finn (Sligo)
Co-SecretariesDiarmaid Meagher (Tipperary) & Anthony Fitzgerald (Clare)
Co-PRO'sAshling Mullin (Galway) Alan Hevehan (Mayo)

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List of National Inter-Varsity Tournaments:

Softball (60x30)All-Ireland Softball Intervarsity's (Singles)October
4-Wall (40x20)All-Ireland 4-Wall Intervarsity's (Doubles)
November
4-Wall (40x20)All-Ireland 4-Wall Intervarsity's (Singles)January
4-Wall (40x20)US Collegiates (Singles & Doubles)February
1-WallAll-Ireland 1-Wall Intervarsity's (Singles)March

Note: All ICHA events offer both Men's & Ladies codes with a wide range of grades on offer including Open, A, B, C, Challenger. Everyone is guaranteed three games minimum per tournament:

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Contact Details:

If there is no GAA Handball Club set up at your College, we encourage you to reach out to us for advice on setting one up, and we will ensure you will receive all event details & entry details for upcoming tournaments. We also advise on reaching out to your College's GAA or Sports Development Officer for guidance.

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Current 3rd Level Handball Facilities:

Note: College GAA Handball Clubs can still be established without Handball facilities on site. Local Handball Clubs are typically more than happy to accommodate usage of their court for the growth of our game. In fact there are numerous samples of active College GAA Handball Clubs that exist and thrive without Handball facilities on site of their 3rd Level Campus.

Queen's University, BelfastAntrimTwo x 4-Wall Courts, Two x 1-Wall Courts
St Mary's University, BelfastAntrimTwo x 1-Wall Courts (Mini)
Dublin City College (DCU)DublinOne x 4-Wall Court, Two x 1-Wall Courts
University College Dublin (UCD)DublinOne x 4-Wall Court
Maynooth UniversityKildareOne x 1-Wall Court
NUIGGalwayOne x 4-Wall Court
Athlone ITWestmeathOne x 1-Wall Court

If your University would like details on the development of Handball facilities, be it 1-Wall or 4-Wall, then please contact the GAA Handball National Development Officer Darragh Daly on development.handball@gaa.ie.