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Hurling- A Traditional Irish Sport October 14, 2008

Filed under: Traditional Sports — stbrendans @ 3:34 pm
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Hurling is a unique Irish field game. It is the fastest field game in the world. In hurling you use a stick called a hurley and a ball called a sliotar and you wear a helmet to protect your head. The aim of the game is to get the most goals and points within 70 minutes. A goal is worth 3 points. After 35 minutes through the game its half time. Hurling is a lot like hockey except in hockey you don’t raise the ball whereas in hurling you do. A hurley is made from ash and a sliotar is made from leather. A sliotar is much like a cricket ball but it’s lighter. Ireland’s Croke Park is the fourth largest stadium in Europe It cost 260 million euro to build. It can hold up to 83,000 people. The stadium has two large screens at either side of the pitch. The All Ireland final is always played on the first Sunday of September and it is played in Croke Park every year. Our county Kilkenny won their 31st All-Ireland final last Sunday against our neighbouring county Waterford. This year I was there myself. Waterford had not been in the All-Ireland final for the past 43 years!!!. Waterford had more supporters because they were so eager to win it. Every year you were allowed to run on the pitch after the game but this year you were not allowed to go on the pitch but everyone did anyway, (including me!!!). When the match was over the winning team lifts a cup called the Liam Mc Carthy Cup. The Kilkenny colours are black and amber. The Waterford colours are blue and white. There are 5 different areas in Croke Park, there’s Hill 16, the Hogan stand, Nally stand, the Cusack stand and the Canal End. I was standing on Hill 16. Kilkenny is the most successful hurling team in Ireland. Cork is another successful hurling team in Ireland with 30 All-Ireland titles.

Kieran Purcell

5th class