There are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but have you heard about hurling? No, not that kind of hurling. We’re talking about the Irish sport.
What is hurling?
This ancient Gaelic game is the national sport of Ireland and looks a bit like field hockey played with a baseball.
Players use a wooden stick to pass and score points by shooting through the opponent’s goalpost. Players use the stick (called a hurl or hurley) to hit and balance the ball (called a sliotar).
Want to learn all the official rules? Check out the US Gaelic Athletic Association (USGAA).
Whether you want to hurl yourself onto the field or be a spectator, you’ll have your choice of teams. Boston has four USGAA hurling clubs (and plenty of Gaelic football teams). Scope out the competition, as well as other Gaelic sports, with the USGAA’s interactive map.