Hurling has been a national pass time in Ireland for the best part of a century. However it was barely recognised outside of the country until Sky Sports bought the rights to broadcast the games earlier this year. With its heavy reliance on fast pace, quick reactions and the mentality of being a ruthless bastard with a stick, it truly is a fantastic game to watch.
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If you’ve never heard of or seen the game in action, here’s a quick insight into what this barbaric sport looks like:
Taking into account the really shitty trance music throughout that video, it is still pretty impressive don’t you think? Irish viewers are loving the national coverage:
Glad to see hurling shown on sky sports. Fantastically skilled sport but to date hasn’t got the support it deserves…
– Aaron MacDaibhÃ©id (@AaronMcDaid2) June 8, 2014
It’s a great achievement for a minor Irish game to reach the dizzying heights of Sky Sports but somewhat confusing for those outside of Ireland who may have never even heard of the sport.
Naturally, this confusion has been vented on social media:
Just watched 5 mins of Hurling, WTF is going on there’s a GK but they keep smashing it over the bar how the fuck does he save that – Mike Kay (@micky220406) June 7, 2014
Trying to watch hurling, pretty random game, run with the ball hit it with a stick nd smash it through some posts with no rules! – Jack Rennison (@jt_101) June 7, 2014
Watching this Irish Hurling on sky sports confirms my belief that the Irish are mental. – Sam van der Aalst (@samthedogtaylor) June 7, 2014
I had never heard of the Irish sport Hurling before but if you want to see it turn on sky sports 3 now. Outrageous scenes! What a sport!! – Toby Lester (@lobytester) June 7, 2014
Liking this Hurling on Sky Sports 3. Not quite sure of the rules but the skill involved is outrageous.
– Harry Ledger (@harryledger) June 7, 2014
Clearly, it will take some getting used to.