Hurling and Camogie, Dublin
Hurling is a field game played with a small leather stitched ball. The players carry's a long stick called a silotar. The ball may only be collected from the ground with the silotar and then may be carried or struck with the silotar. Protection gear is needed for the head.
15 a side which is the same for camogie, similar game but for women. Also called Chicks with Sticks...
Equipment: Take a hat or umbrella to fight against either the cold or the sun.
The GAA claim this place, Croke (pronounced 'Crow') is the fourth biggest stadium in Europe. It's three tiers on the biggest stand certainly give it a dramatic feel.
Remember its Gaelic games here - hurling and Gaelic football - fast, furious and tough.
There is a museum here if you are into the history and a museum tour. You also get a chance to whack the slither (is that the right spelling ?)
Tickets are like gold dust for any big game - but you may get them if you nip in quick on the GAA website. If you get hold of some you will be going home to a heros welcome tonight!
I arrived years ago in Ireland and was introduced to a team sport called Hurling.
It is unique to Ireland and it is regarded as the fastet and one of the toughest games in the world. I just became simply a big fan.
There is never a boring match. After getting addicted to hurling I can not watch football anymore. This sport is like a sleeping pill compared to it.
If you like your sports try and see if there are matches on during your stay. The main stadium is Croke Park on the North side of city. You will love to see it live and at the big matches is always brilliant craigh !!!
By the way ... most matches are during the summer months ... The All Ireland semi finals will be held in Croke Park on the 10 and 17 August 2003.
Camogie is the womens version of Hurling. It is basically the same game and similiar to womens soccer neglected by the fans and media. The girls are great as well !!!
The Irish have two ancient sports that are equally brutal and equally popular in Ireland. Man, these people go crazy over their Hurling and Gaelic Football.
Gaelic football is in some ways similar to Aussie Rules Football and Hurling has some vague resemblances to Hockey but it's far more strange and far more dangerous.
Try to get to Croke Park and see one of these games.