The ancient game: Hurling's Unesco journey

Sinéad O’Hara of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht details hurling’s journey to recognition by Unesco as part of the ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’ - and what it means for the future of the sport

23rd June, 2019
Cúchulainn’s camogie team, pictured in 1904

‘What is the core of hurling in Ireland? Hurling is not just something we participate in: it is part of who we are. It is something to all of us, and everything to some of us.’ – Minister Josepha Madigan, in a speech to assembled international representatives at a celebration of the tradition of hurling in the Irish Embassy in Paris

In November of last year, hurling took its place among the key...

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