Hurling has been described variously as ‘field hockey in the air,’ ‘brutal field hockey,’ ‘like lacross but with solid sticks’ etc. None of these descriptions really do the game justice. To truly get a feel for the spirit of the sport requires that you see it in action. It exhibits a unique combination of skill, athleticism, stamina and speed that few sports can match. It is acknowledged as the fastest field game on earth. It has the speed and continuous flowing action of ice hockey but on grass.
The game of hurling is Ireland’s national passion. Countering the trend towards big-money professional athletics, hurling has remained strictly amateur. It is a game played purely for the fun and history of it. It is a game woven deeply into the social fabric of the Irish people. Which is amazing when one considers just how extraordinarily dangerous the game is.
What is Hurling? (part 1 of 3)
What is Hurling? (part 2 of 3)
What is Hurling? (part 3 of 3)