What is Hurling?
Hurling is an outdoor team sport of Ancient Irish origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The game has pre-historic origins, has been played for over 3000 years and is considered to be the worlds fastest gameplay sport.
The object of the game is to use a wooden stick called a Hurl, to hit a small ball, called a sliotar, between the goal posts for one point or under the crossbar into the guarded net for one goal (3 points)
Hurling is played throughout the world, and is popular among members of the Irish diaspora in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina. There is no professional league, so the players today are unpaid amateurs. In many parts of Ireland, it is a fixture of life. It has featured regularly in art forms such as film and literature.
Hurling in Kilkenny
Kilkenny is the most successful county in the game of hurling, the team has won the All-Ireland Championship 36 times as of 2015 and has won the provincial Leinster Championship on 71 occasions as of 2016.
Where to watch a hurling match?
Kilkenny is home to many hurling venues including the famous Nolan Park, there always seems to be a hurling match taking part in Kilkenny whether it is Junior of Senior teams, often they are free of charge to spectate, to view the timetable and schedule of events click here.