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The fastest grass sport from Ireland — Hurling

September 2, 2013

Hurling (IrishIománaíocht/Iomáint) is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association. The game has prehistoric origins, has been played for over 3,000 years,[1] and is thought to be the world’s fastest field team game in terms of game play. One of Ireland’s native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, number of players, and much terminology. There is a similar game for women called camogie (camógaíocht). It shares a common Gaelic root with the sport of shinty (camanachd) which is played predominantly in Scotland.

The object of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a hurley (in Irish a camán, pronounced /ˈkæmən/ or/kəˈmɔːn/) to hit a small ball called a sliotar /ˈʃlɪtər/ between the opponents’ goalposts either over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points. The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass) for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick and the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession.

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After reading the introduction of hurling from Wikipedia and watch the following four videos, write down how you feel about this game. If you visit the following website, you will find something interesting about hurling. Write down the things that impress you most.


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  1. Spiderwoman permalink

    Hurling is a very exciting sport. I would like to give it a try.

  2. As I read your post on hurling, the television in the other room is showing the All Ireland hurling final between County Cork and County Clare! Congratulations on your new blog, it looks great, and I will be following it with great interest.

  3. Cathy, your visit made my day! I am now teaching a very creative class. I enjoy interacting with them online. We are also using edmodo now, and I am going to introduce wikispace to them soon. Wish you all the best in Ireland. I am so happy to see you here. ^^

    • This is great, I will be very interested to see how things progress! Do contact me if you need anything 🙂

      • 劉謹華32 permalink

        wow! this is definitely a kind of extreme sport. if i were in the game, i might be killed before the game were over! what’s more, i am impressed by Irish’s passion for Hurling that teacher told us. how can they be so crazy about a sport like this?

  4. Sally Yang permalink

    I think that hurling is a very dangerous sport. And I admire their enthusiasm for hurling very much.

  5. April(38) permalink

    I think that hurling is an exiting but dangerous sport. Everyone who plays hurling must be a man of great vigor. To my surprise, all people in Irish are involved in this game every year. If there is opportunity, I would like to go to Irish and take part in this grand competition.

  6. 劉謹華32 permalink

    wow! this is definitely a kind of extreme sport. if i were in the game, i might be killed before the game were over! what’s more, i am impressed by Irish’s passion for Hurling that teacher told us. how can they be so crazy about a sport like this?

  7. Rou-Chun permalink

    I think this event is very funny but dangerous.
    I hope I can play this event some day. 🙂

  8. Lesley36 permalink

    I would like to join this kind of sport!
    It’s so excited!

  9. Mike05 permalink

    I think it seems to easy to play but seriously it needs a lot of practice. I want to try it because it really excited.

  10. Fanny 19 & Mia 24 permalink

    We found that there is a similar game for women called camogie. If we have the opportunity to go to Ireland, we’d love to join the game 😉

  11. kai wen permalink

    OMG, this kind of sport is so unique. It’s strong and amazing. I hoped TAIWAN have this sport.

  12. Cindy 35 permalink

    wow~it looks very exciting. I’m surprised by this sport!
    Everyone looks nervous in the contest!
    It is a excited sport but dangerous.
    If I had a chance to visit Irish, I would like to try it!

  13. Fion 28 permalink

    This looks really exciting and interesting!!But it also dangerous. I feel that they are all very professional and proficient. To me, I am delighted to have a try.

  14. Nani permalink

    What a dangerous sport, but everybody are crazy about it in Ireland. Whether will you die if you hit by that stick?????? Nani12 Ashley17

  15. Bill & Cindy (01&34) permalink

    We think that hurling is really an exciting but dangerous game. Except for its danger, we are eager to play it actually. We also want to play quidditch, which is more interesting to us. Imagine that you can fly into the sky, and try to catch the flying ball with your friends, sounds exciting!

  16. meg27 permalink

    Woooo~I think hurling is a harzadous sport. If we want to play it, we must have six-patch and big muscle to compete with opponents. Because everyone in the video is very strong. What’s more, if I have a chance, I want to see the whole contest for myself.

  17. Anny 22 permalink

    It’s really an incredibly dangerous extreme sport!
    But i really want to give it a try if i have the chance 😀

  18. Shirley 23 permalink

    When I saw this video, i found a very interesting comment.
    ” Looks like an amazing game.
    But i REALLY pitty the goalkeepers! I mean, such a big goal, and such a small ball. ”
    And I really approve the words he said.

  19. Steffi permalink

    Well, this is a sport I will definitely not try. People will get hurt too easily, and the field is so big that I can’t run around for the whole game!!!

  20. sharon21 permalink

    It is a dangerous but interesting game.
    And I think they should wear helmets to protect their heads.

  21. Kevin permalink

    It’s really an exciting sports and we really want to try this sport once.
    But I think this sports may contain some violence, doesn’t it ? (Kevin 7 ; Yvonne 16)

  22. 賴怡儒37 permalink

    Hurling is very dangerous and it could make players injured. However, I thought it is exciting. I want to play this sport but it should not have female player, right? I hope this Ireland sport will keep on.

  23. 張詠翔 (04) permalink

    It is so dangerous but so interesting.
    If I have a chance to try, I am willing to play

  24. 李哲安 02 permalink

    The sport must need very much power to play. They run form one side to another side. How long the playground it is!!

  25. I think this game is very dangerous and busy! Just RUN and CRUSH !

  26. Steven 03 permalink

    What an interesting sport. If I have chance I am willing to take apart in it.

  27. Fang-Yu Huang permalink

    The action of the athletes making their best to keep the ball stable makes me laugh. But this sport looks so funny and exciting that I wanna try it if I have a chance. (Tiffany 26)

  28. 余佳珉13 permalink

    I think that hurling is very special and interesting sport. But I will not try it, it looks dangerous. I will think whether the ball will hit me while I play it.

  29. 吳宣儀(14) permalink

    I think hurling is a difficult but interesting sport. Irish people love their country so much.
    These hurling player are awesome !!

  30. John(6) John(8) permalink

    If I’m a hurling player, I will afraid my head be hit by others.
    I think that will very painful!

  31. Johnny09 permalink

    I think this sport is too dangerous for me. I should never play this game.

  32. Lily,25 permalink

    I always appreciate the passion foreigners pay on sports because sport is not so popular in Taiwan which we can tell from the PE class in Taiwanese school. And I’m excited to see that Hurling is so speedy and hot-blooded.

  33. Tina 31 permalink

    I think that hurling is a different and dangerous sport.
    It looks very tiring but interesting.
    If I have chance, I’d like to try it.

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