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Further information: Australian rules football in Ireland and Irish experiment Ireland and South Africa in the AFL International Cup Australian rules football has gained a following in Ireland which has increased mainly due to the International rules series that takes place annually between Australia and Ireland.
The Irish Green Machine became inaugural International champions in The ICU promotes Chess in Ireland and maintains the chess rating for players in Ireland, which are published three times a year. It runs competitions such as the Irish Chess Championship and selects teams to participate in international competitions for Ireland.
The governing association of the sport is the Croquet Association of Ireland. Most international matches and large tournaments are played at the Carrickmines Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, near Dublin. Mountain biking is supported by a number of dedicated trail centers in Wicklow, Dublin, Galway and Tipperary.
Since , skateparks for skateboarding, rollerblading, and other sports have been developed in several places, including in Greystones, Bushy park Dublin and Lucan Dublin.
Modular parks can be found in other parts of Ireland. Hare coursing was already a well established sport in the country and greyhounds were bred for racing in Ireland from the very start.
Mick the Miller , winner of the English Derby in and , was an Irish greyhound and Ireland continues to export greyhounds. There are twenty licensed greyhound stadiums in Ireland. This is a semi-state body and was established by the Irish government in The three stadiums in Northern Ireland are licensed by the Irish Coursing Club , which also organises hare coursing throughout the Island.
There are 83 registered gymnastics clubs in Ireland including Northern Ireland.
Gymnastics includes four Olympic disciplines, women's artistic gymnastics, men's artistic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics, and four non Olympic disciplines, acrobatic gymnastics, tumbling gymnastics, gymnastics for all, and sports aerobics. Taekwondo and Karate are represented by various clubs throughout the country.
The All-Ireland Taekwondo Association works to promote the sport and to organise competitions. It was recognised by the Irish Sports Council as a national governing body of sport in under the auspices of the Irish Martial Arts Commission. Ireland also hosted a round of the World Rally Championship in and , with stages being held in the Republic and also across the border in Northern Ireland, and was a stage candidate in .
Circuit racing is also present in the country with Ireland having only one international venue, Mondello Park in County Kildare which formerly hosted rounds of several international events and still hosts national events today.
Kart racing and stock car racing are also a popular forms of circuit racing in Ireland.
Established in , it is the oldest motorcycle sport federation in the world . Olympic Handball[ edit ] Olympic Handball is a minority sport in Ireland, with the Irish Olympic Handball Association acting as the national governing body.
Irish orienteers compete at all levels, sometimes reaching the finals at the World Orienteering Championships.