Destinations, Europe, Ireland, Journal

Hurling

August 14, 2014
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Hurling…. The greatest sport you’ve never heard of.

Truly though…it is amazing.

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I would never want to play it for fear of breaking every bone in my body, but to watch–yep. All day.

I’m sure I’ve been living under a rock, and that’s why I hadn’t heard of it, but apparently there are teams in the US too, even though it is traditionally an Irish sport.

Basically, it’s a mix of lacrosse and rugby and I definitely saw elements of baseball. The idea is that you want to get the ball into either the net [for three points] or over the goal posts [for one point]. You have this long stick [called a hurley] and it has this sort of ping-pong paddle shaped end on it. You can throw and catch the ball in your hands and take four running steps while holding the ball, but then you have to bounce it off the hurley in order to keep running.

The guys who played are absolutely fearless–I can’t believe there’s not an injury every single play.

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We went with Dennis’ Irish friend Andrew [we have met a lot of Andrews!]. He’s a super cool guy who runs a similar online business to Dennis’. We had fun talking shop with Andrew, but also just getting to know him.

He helped us understand a lot of the things about Irish culture that we were puzzled about…such as the phrase, “What’s the craic?” [pronounced “crack”…which is confusing for several reasons.] Apparently, it means “what’s happening?” or “what’s the fun?”

Andrew used to be a “hurler” and said he has broken all of his fingers throughout the years… Super gnarly.

Andrew is super cool, and I’m glad we had the opportunity to hang out with him.

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[PS the girl taking the photo for us apparently didn’t understand the idea of  “angles” or “focusing”…. ;) ]

I hope hurling really catches on in the US, because it was one of the most fun games I have ever been to!

xo Kelsey

 

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