As early as 1882, the Irish lacrosse team has been successfully touring in Canada. But while lacrosse has been a popular pastime in Ireland since the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was only in November 2001 when the All Ireland Lacrosse Association was formed. The association acts as the governing body for the development of the sport in Ireland. It also aims to promote the sport in order to gain government recognition. To accomplish their mission, the association coordinates with the Gaelic Athletic Association and the Irish Sports Council. The association has so far been successful in promoting the sport in the country, as enthusiasm and the number of players continue to grow, especially after the conduct of exhibition games and new player clinics in Dublin and Limerick in the summer of 2003.