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The Worlds Explained

The World Handball Championships are held every three years, and this August 9th - 19th they are being hosted in Minnesota.

Some key information for any of the non Handballing public out there.

  • The Worlds are governed by the World Handball Council (WHC)
  • Both the 4-Wall & 1-Wall codes of Handball are played during the Worlds
  • Singles & Doubles events are played in each code
  • The Men's & Ladies Open events are the premier grades at the Worlds

GAA Handball are sending a 13 strong Team Ireland, all of whom qualified through a series of Championships in Ireland in the first half of 2018. 

Team Ireland:

  • Martin Mulkerrins (Galway) - 4-Wall Senior Singles - Team Captain
  • Martina McMahon (Limerick) 4-Wall Senior Singles/Doubles & 1-Wall Senior Singles - Team Captain
  • Paul Brady (Cavan) - Current 4-Wall World Champion
  • Aisling Reilly (Antrim) - 4-Wall Senior Doubles & Current 4-Wall World Champion
  • Robbie McCarthy (Westmeath) - 4-Wall Senior Doubles
  • Diarmuid Nash (Clare) - 4-Wall Senior Doubles
  • Conor McElduff (Tyrone) - 1-Wall Senior
  • Shane Dunne (Kilkenny) - 19&U
  • Megan McCann (Armagh) - 19&U
  • Eoghan McGinnity (Monaghan) - 17&U
  • Niamh Heffernan (Galway) - 17&U
  • Josh Kavanagh (Wexford) - 15&U
  • Mairead Fox (Tyrone) - 15&U
  • Management - Michael Finnegan (Cavan) & Frances Curran (Galway)

In total, 10 countries are represented in this years World Championships, which are held every three years. Ireland are due next to be hosting the 2021 Worlds.

Countries Represented:

  • Ireland
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Australia
  • Ecuador
  • Honduras
  • Japan
  • UK
  • Trinidad

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