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HURLING & CAMOGIE

Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin. The game has prehistoric origins, and has been played for 3,000 years.

Camogie is the name of the same sport played by women; it is almost identical to the game of hurling played by men, with a handful of minor differences in the rules. Camogie is played by 100,000 women in Ireland and worldwide. It is administered worldwide by the Dublin-based Camogie Association.

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GAELIC FOOTBALL

Gaelic football was first codified in 1887, although it has purported links to older varieties of football played in Ireland.

 

A rough-and tumble form of Gaelic football was common throughout the middle ages, similar versions of which abounded throughout Europe and eventually became the forebears of both soccer and rugby. Though references to Irish Football are practically non-existent before the 1600s the earliest records of a recognized precursor to modern Gaelic football date from a game in County Meath, Ireland in 1670, in which catching and kicking the ball were permitted.

 

The game is now played all over the world, and is growing in popularity every year. There sport has been played in the United States ever since Irish emigrants first came to its shores.

VIA: USGAA

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