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.
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8 September 2013; Patrick O'Connor, Clare, in action against Séamus Harnedy, Cork. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
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26 August 2012; Eoin Cadogan, Cork, in action against Neil Gallagher, Donegal. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final, Cork v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE