Anyone for hurling target practice? pic.twitter.com/HA3MLgpAx3
— richard walsh (@WalshmrG) April 21, 2020
Name that ‘piece’, anyone?
A curved stick and pebble (ball 🙂) game from Serbia. More about the development of various stick and ball games in Europe and why I think they all have the same Gaelic root can be found here: https://t.co/pLj7YfeVit @MagicalEurope @FolkloreThurs @FolkloreThurs @officialgaa pic.twitter.com/J6OBwMjzSo
— oldeuropeanculture (@serbiaireland) July 19, 2019
What is very interesting is that that the Serbian name for this traditional shepherd game is “klis”. This word has no meaning in Slavic languages, means “games, sports, tricks, crafts” in Gaelic.
How old is this word?
According to official history, Celtic languages were last time spoken in the Balkans in the 4th and 3rd century BC when Celts invaded Balkans on their way to Galatia.
Did they bring this game with them and somehow both the game and the name survived in the mountain of the Balkans until this day? Preserved by the descendant of the Scordisci?
Is this why there are so many similarities between Serbian and Irish folklore? You can read more about this in my post “Klis” here.
Tribute in Cork city to Alf Stewart from Home and Away, who is not so well known for his hurling skills.
Name that actual hurler. Anyone?
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— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) July 16, 2018
When wall-to-wall GAA coverage is simply not enough.
— Sean Defoe (@SeanDefoe) May 11, 2017
Prince Charles has a go at hurling in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle.
Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles are currently on a three-day State visit.
Video: Sean Defoe
Previously: To Your Stations
O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, County Laois
Cuala 3-19 O’Loughlin Gaels 2-16
Luke Brennan writes:
The last time I was at a Cuala match in Portlaoise was 25 years ago. That year (1991), a great crop of Dalkey, County Dublin hurlers had won their second hurling championship in 3 years, but were beaten by a strong Birr team in the semi-final.
We left the game thinking that there was always next year…
It was 21 years before Cuala won another Dublin hurling championship (2015). They repeated it this year and yesterday went on to add their first Leinster title to it.
I can’t tell you how happy I felt to see members of the 1991 team back on the same pitch, celebrating the win with the players. John Treacy, Karl Schutte and Maurice O Callaghan were part of the squad back then.
Yesterday, each of those 3 had two sons on the winning team (David Treacy, Sean Treacy, Mark Schutte, Paul Schutte, Con O’Callaghan and Cian O’Callaghan). It’s also worth mentioning that the Schutte’s are nephews of Vinnie, Mick and PJ Holden who served the club so admirably back in the day.
Winning this Leinster title is the result of generations of endeavour. It’s richly deserved and to be enjoyed by a great young Cuala team. We’re very proud.