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 Game o' Hurling

Thousands of years later, Providence catches on to the Irish sport of hurling

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What did Classical High School Junior Mike Walsh do for his Research Seminar Class project? He started hurling... and I’m not talking the bodily function. I’m talking the Gaelic field sport, which Walsh researched in order to promote youth community interaction via Irish cultural traditions and, ulimately, start Providence’s own Hurling Club. This 2,000-year-old game is a mix of soccer, baseball, lacrosse and hockey. Perhaps Quidditch too, given each team has their own crest, as well as playing equipment named the “sliotar” and “hurler.” Irish immigrants have made hurling popular throughout different parts of the globe. In the US, the first official game of hurling was held on Boston Common in June 1886, so Americans have been hurling for years.

Once Mike and the Hurling Club have enough members (they need 13) the club will be placed in the northeastern division and travel throughout New England playing teams from other states. Until then you can find the club in India Point Park every Sunday. Men or women over the age of 16 are welcome to join. The official season started in May, so hurry up if you want to get your hurl on. Email pvdhurling@gmail.com for more info.