Hurling - The Fastest Game on Grass

Hurling combines the skills of baseball, hockey, and lacrosse in one high speed, high scoring, high octane sport.

What is Hurling?

Hurling is an ancient game that is thought to have originated as a way of training Irish warriors for battle.  It predates recorded history and is mentioned in ancient Irish legends.  The earliest known game was in 1272 BCE before the Battle of Moytura.  It lives on as the national game of Ireland, dwarfs other sports like soccer, and draws huge crowds, sometimes upwards of 82,000 fans.  ​

The sport is played with a stick and ball called a hurley and sliotar respectively.  The hurley has an axe handle and is curved outward at the end to provide a striking surface.  The sliotar has a cork core and a leather cover, very similar to a baseball.

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