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hurling,

outdoor ball and stick game similar to field hockey (see hockey, fieldhockey, field,
outdoor stick and ball game. Field hockey, like many sports, is of obscure origins, but traces in one form or another to the ancient Egyptians and Persians, making it one of the world's oldest known sports.
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). The national pastime of Ireland, it was played for many centuries before the Gaelic Athletic Association standardized the rules in 1884. In the United States, hurling was played by early Irish immigrants, and it is still played by some Irish-Americans, especially in areas of recent immigration. An extremely rugged game, hurling is played on a field 80 by 140 yd (73.15 by 128.02 m) by two opposing teams of 15 players each. The ball, made of rubber, is 9 to 10 in. (22.86 to 25.4 cm) in circumference, cork-centered, and covered with horsehide. After it is picked off the ground or caught in the hurley—a tapering, curved, broad-bladed wooden stick 3 ft long—the player runs with the ball as far as he can and then hurls it toward a teammate or toward the goal his team is attacking. Only the hurley may be used in advancing the ball. The goalposts are 16 ft (4.88 m) high and 21 ft (6.4 m) wide, with a crossbar 8 ft (2.44 m) above the ground. Three points are scored by driving the ball into the net under the crossbar, one point by hitting it over the crossbar.

hurling

a traditional Irish game resembling hockey and lacrosse, played with sticks and a ball between two teams of 15 players each
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SATURDAY, MARCH 24 All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final replay Cuala (Dublin) v Na Piarsaigh (Limerick), O'Moore Park, 5.30pm Hurling League Quarter-Final Wexford v Galway, Innovate Wexford Park, 3pm Hurling League Division 2A Final Westmeath v Carlow, O'Moore Park, 3.30pm Hurling League Division 2B relegation play/off Armagh v Derry, Ballyshannon, 3pm Hurling League Division 3A Final Louth v Warwickshire, Trim, 1pm
Paddy foobw Maher comes from the predominantly football Kilsheelan-Kilcash th ball club and is a brother of Bill, one of the few dual players in the county to have chosen football over hurling.
Additionally, the Leinster and Munster hurling finals will be played on the same day (July 1) while the Munster football final will take place on a Saturday night (June 23).
"There'll be time enough between hurling and football games this summer," he said.
"We are really gunning for this and we want to be hurling in July.
It's likely a Special Congress will take place in the autumn to tackle the matter and O Fearghail, speaking at the opening of the 'Imreoir to Bainisteoir' exhibition at the GAA Museum in Croke Park yesterday, said that changes to the hurling structure would be "broadly similar" to those made in football.
"So if we have hurling coming up in two weeks' time we'll hurl for two weeks coming into that and if we've football we'll stick with football.
They've beaten Galway and that's given us an incentive to try and beat Galway in the hurling as well."
"I played hurling all the way up, even at under-21 level with Dublin (left), but there was nobody really pushing me towards football, that was just my own choice really."
What many people wouldn't be aware of is that he has been travelling the country promoting hurling for many years, particularly in Leinster, and is one of a number of Kilkenny people who have imparted their knowledge elsewhere.
It was a happy household." Conor's first love has always been hurling and the county's under-21 captain in 2015 has now fully recovered from a fractured ankle sustained on club hurling duty with Kilmaley last August.
She said: "I had a really enjoyable time taking part in wheelchair hurling.