The operation of the Gaelic sports in Ireland is linked to the counties of the island. Within a county, championships are held and the winners of these eventually compete against the winners of other counties. Outside the Emerald Isle, such counties (as defined by the Gaelic Athletic Association) are also defined, although they are not linked to actual political or geographical "counties".
In this sense, continental Europe counts as such an area and the championships in hurling, camogie and Gaelic football are consequently held as European championships between clubs. The championships take place in match days at different locations on the continent. On a match day, a number of teams come together and a winner for the respective tournament round is determined in several matches. The European champion is crowned each year from the sum of the victories and points scored.
Besides the "big" European Championship there are also more and more efforts to organize local tournaments. For this purpose the German Association of Gaelic Sports was founded in Germany, which organizes German championships of Gaelic sports in addition to the European Championship.
The German Association of Gaelic Sports also puts together the German national teams for the Gaelic Euros (annual Gaelic football tournament of the European national teams) and the GAA World Games (the hurling, camogie and Gaelic football world championships), which take place every three years. Players from Darmstadt GAA are also regularly involved.
Even beyond the official tournaments, friendly matches and small tournaments with neighboring clubs take place regularly and in the long run (and with further development) the formation of regional championships or leagues is planned.