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Welcome to the Irish Go Association (IGA) website. Learn about the ancient game of Go (aka Baduk or WeiQi) and find out where you can join one of our clubs throughout Ireland. Be sure to check out the IGA Discord channel where you can meet our community, talk about Go and organise activities online.


Belfast — every other Monday from 18.30, Northern Lights (Ormeau Road)

Dublin — Wednesdays, from 19.30 until closing, in Toner's

Lisburn — Saturdays, 10am — Facebook

Galway — Wednesdays, 7pm, McSwiggan's


April Rip-Off — Review

Confucius Cup — UCD Dublin, September 22nd–24th

Latest News

Ireland Guarantee PGETC Promotion

A nation rejoiced on Tuesday night as Ireland secured the requisite draw against Bulgaria to guarantee promotion to League B for the next season of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship. Captain Philippe Renaut was carried shoulder-high through the streets of Galway and awarded freedom of the city in an impromptu…

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April Rip-Off: Go, Panic, Victory

tournament participants playing Go

Top Left: Byoung-Ju Lee. Bottom Left: Joseph Learoyd. Centre Top: Tiberiu Gociu. Right: Matej Duricek A great day was had with fun and games aplenty. 16 players showed up to battle over the goban, from 20 Kyu to 3 Dan. It is great to see those who are new to the game show up…

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Ireland Forge Ahead Against Norway

In the penultimate round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship, Ireland demonstrated steely resolve in a 4-0 win over third-placed Norway. None of the games went to counting, with the first resignation coming in Karl Irwin’s game on board 1. The game rapidly spiralled into a running battle that dominated the centre…

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Finals Game 3 — Philippe’s Analysis

In his analysis of the third game of the 2023 Championship Final, Philippe reveals the extensive joseki preparation that laid the foundation for his ultimate victory. Would-be Irish Champions, take note!

New Irish Champion: Philippe Renaut

The three-month journey to find the 2023 Irish Champion came to an end last night when Philippe Renaut won the deciding game in the Final against Lu Xinqun. Both finalists came the long way, advancing from the Qualifiers to the Top 8 and on to the Final, matching each other blow for blow…

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