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The Fastest Game on Grass

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Peter McCormick

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“King Henry” Shefflin, widely regarded as one of the greatest hurling players of all-time.

Before I came to Ireland I knew little about Gaelic sports.

The most popular one in Co. Kilkenny is hurling. Its a lightning fast game that, as best as I can describe it, is a mix between, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and Gaelic football. Fans go absolutely wild for this amateur sport.

Kilkenny is the best hurling team in Ireland, being perennial favorites every year and winning the All-Ireland championship five of the last six years.

Kilkenny in action against Galway. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final[/caption]I witnessed a rarity recently when Kilkenny lost to Galway in the Leinster Finals, a championship they had won every year for the last eight years. Kilkenny still has a chance to make a run at the All-Ireland, it will just be a longer and more trying road ahead. It is possible for them to meet rival Tipperary in the semis, a match that many Kilkenny Cat fans are looking forward to. I can’t wait to watch as Kilkenny goes for the All-Ireland and hopefully brings home the championship.

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