Gaelic Games has leap-frogged soccer into pole position as the favourite sport in Ireland, according to the Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index (TSSI) 2018.
The TSSI is a survey carried out between 1,000 people nationally to assess the attitude of Irish people towards various different sports.
The results show that Gaelic Games is now the country’s favourite sport with 21% of the vote while soccer received 19%. Despite a memorable year for Irish rugby, the sport only came in third with 14% of the vote.
Rugby, however, did thrive in other categories with Johnny Sexton’s drop goal in France voted the most memorable sporting moment of the year while Joe Schmidt’s men were also chosen as the Team of the Year. Their heroic victory against New Zealand was named the Best Sporting Achievement of 2018.
The Rugby World Cup in Japan was chosen as the sporting event people are most looking forward to next year.
It is the first time in nine years that soccer has been knocked off the top spot while Gaelic Games has been crowned the favourite sport.
After an outstanding year, Katie Taylor was voted as the most admired sports star, triumphing over Johnny Sexton and the O’Donovan brothers.