Heritage at Play documentary duo Zack McCune and Colleen Brogan returned to Croke Park to see another side of major GAA athletics. Hurling is an iconic Irish activity, with a unique wooden stick called a hurl used to hit around a sliotar (pronounced 'slither') on the same pitch as gaelic football. We were fortunate to see Kilkenny play, as they battled Galway for the Leinster Province Senior Hurling title. Kilkenny is by all reports the most dominant and powerful hurling side in Ireland. If they win the All-Ireland this year, it will be for a record 5th time in a row.
At the end of the game we went to the GAA museum, which held fascinating film footage and objects from Croke Park and the GAA's past. A demonstration on making hurls gave Zack a chance to purchase his own!
Heritage at Play: Ireland & Gaelic Games
In summer of 2010, Zachary McCune and Colleen Brogan traveled to Ireland to learn about gaelic games. These sports- which include gaelic football and hurling- are a mainstay of Irish athletics despite there status as amateur-only. Gaelic games also have only the most limited of exposures outside of Ireland. But within Ireland, in clubs and in inter-county competitions, they represent the pride and the joy of many people.