THE EARLY CELTS made hurling coaching videos and the real reason Diarmuid MacMurrough invited the Normans to Ireland was because he was short of players for the Gorey District Final of 1169 - that's according to a comedy GAA film which had its premiere in Ferns Community Centre on Friday night.
The ten-minute ' Historic Hurling (with a bit of football)' was made by a group of 11 local children as part of the local Ferns St Aidans club's 125th anniversary celebrations.
It was supported by Wexford County Council's Community Arts Network, and facilitated by artist Michael Fortune.
Other scenes in the film tell how the 1798 Rising was really an attempt by the Irish to be allowed play hurling again, and how the game suffered in the 1840s because the potatoes that were being used as hurling balls came into short supply during the Famine. The film ends with a brief tonguein-cheek history of the Ferns St Aidans club itself.
More than 100 people attended the premiere on Friday night, where the children involved were presented with copies of the film on DVD and a certificate for taking part in the project.
The film can be viewed on the club's website at www.fernsgaa.com/movie, and will also be included on a full-length oral history being produced by the club, ' From Local Fields to Here and Now', which also enjoyed the support of the Community Arts Network. This features twelve well-known club personalities telling GAA tales from days of yore, and it is believed to be the first project of its kind by any club in Ireland.
The DVD will be launched alongside the club's history book 'Ferns St Aidans - The First 125 Years' by GAA President Christy Cooney on Easter Saturday, April 7. Copies of the book and DVD can be pre-ordered on the website fernsgaa.com at a bargain price of just €20 for both.