Hurling: 'Ferocious ballet on grass?'
Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30
How's this for a definition of hurling?
"A mash-up of lacrosse, field hockey and baseball...a joyous and ferocious ballet, danced on grass". Any wonder Richie Hogan scored four goals?
The description was on the promotional material used by the wonderfully-titled Celtic Cowboys club that hosted the All-Stars game in Austin, Texas last Sunday.
It always remains a source of amazement how GAA clubs thrive in such far-flung places all over the world, as shown by the exotic locations the All-Stars have visited over the years.
The pride and sense of identity shared by the Irish communities all over the world truly is a thing of wonder, providing a real focal point for people.
It should never be forgotten when the GAA's role in Irish life is assessed.