The history of hurling | Irish Archaeology
A history of hurling. Hurling is arguably the fastest field sport in the world and quite possibly the oldest. The history of hurling national game is discussed in this article by Irish Archaeology.
A uniquely Irish game, Hurling is one of the world’s oldest field sports and has been played in some form in Ireland for more than 800 years. It is often compared to hockey but other than the fact that both games involve a stick and a ball there is no similarity. The curved wooden stick with a flat end is known as a hurl or hurley, or in Irish a camán [say:come-awn], and is made from a single piece of wood, traditionally Ash.