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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 — Mondays, from 19.30 until closing, in Toner's

Lisburn — Saturdays, 10am — Facebook

Galway — Wednesdays, 7pm, McSwiggan's

Tournaments & Events

Smithfield Special
26th May, Workday, Dublin 7

Confucius Cup
20th–22nd September, UCD, Dublin

Latest News

Philippe Advances to the Championship

Philippe Renaut defeated John Courtney in the backdoor bracket final to advance to the Championship. Philippe will face the redoubtable Lu Xinqun in the best-of-three series. This is the same match-up as last year’s Championship, in which Philippe won the series 2–1. The first game will take place on Wednesday, 17th April at…

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AGM Welcomes New President

Tiberiu Gociu (Belfast) became the new President of the Irish Go Association at Tuesday’s AGM, elected unopposed. Otherwise it was business as usual, with John Doyle (Cobh) and Eoghan Barry (Dublin) continuing as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. The tenor of the meeting was generally optimistic, with the officers’ reports noting the continued growth and financial…

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Turkey Sweep Ireland Before Them

On Tuesday night, Ireland faced Turkey in Round 6 of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship. Turkey demonstrated all of the strength and depth that has kept them in pole position in League B since the start of the season with a 4–0 clean sweep. Newly-minted 2-dan John Courtney offered Ireland’s best hope…

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Xinqun Advances to the Championship

The Top 8 took place this weekend in Dublin, despite the best efforts of the weather gods to disrupt things with a heavy fall of snow on Friday morning. Lu Xinqun went undefeated, winning the top bracket with victories over Xu Mushi, Przemek Dyszczyk, and John Courtney, and securing his place in the Championship final….

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Registration Open for League Season 5

Registration is now open for the fifth season of the IGA Online League. The fifth season will run from April through June. The League is organised into groups of 4–5 players of similar strength, with each group playing a double round-robin (so you will play two games against each other player in your…

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