Tuesday 21 October 2014

Spaceman Chris Hadfield boldly goes on to the hurling field

Brian Byrne

Published 26/03/2014 | 02:30

Astronaut Chris Hadfield takes up a hurley for Tourism Ireland
Astronaut Chris Hadfield takes up a hurley for Tourism Ireland
Chris Hadfield on the Wild Atlantic Way
Chris Hadfield on the Wild Atlantic Way
Chris Hadfield at the Titanic Museum in new Discover Ireland video
Chris Hadfield at the Titanic Museum in new Discover Ireland video

HE famously snapped photographs of Ireland from space, but now astronaut Chris Hadfield has taken a look at the Emerald Isle up close.

The former International Space Station commander kicked off his role as Irish tourism ambassador by experiencing some of the biggest tourist attractions, and his visit is now available to see in a series of promotional videos for Tourism Ireland.

The videos were shot during Mr Hadfield's visit here last January, where he tried his hand at hurling, visited the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin and toured the Wild Atlantic Way.

Mr Hadfield said he had "great respect" for hurling in a video in which he dons a Galway jersey and is challenged by hurling legend Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton to score a goal. "I used to wrestle in college, and I played a little hockey and downhill ski, but I have great respect for hurling. It's a real physical sport," he said.

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