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Scéal na hIomána IRISH HURLING Field Sports IRELAND Liam P. Ó Caithnia 1980

Scéal na hIomána IRISH HURLING Field Sports IRELAND Liam P. Ó Caithnia 1980

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Scéal na hIomána

By Liam P. Ó Caithnia

Published by An Clóchomhar Tta, Dublin, 1980. Hardback book with dust jacket, thick 8vo,826 pages, illustrated. Text in Irish Gaelic.

A good copy and NOT ex-library. The dust jacket is very good with no tearing. Boards and spine are good. All contents present and pages clean throughout. No names or writing. A very good first edition.

This book gives detailed history of hurling, one of the oldest field games in the world, popular for at least 3000 years in Ireland with the first literary reference dating back to 1272 BC.

Hurling (Irish: iománaíocht, iomáint) is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic Irish origin, played by men. One of Ireland's native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, the number of players and much terminology. The same game played by women is called camogie (camógaíocht), which shares a common Gaelic root.

The objective of the game is for players to use an ash wood stick called a hurley (in Irish a camán, pronounced /ˈkæmən/ or /kəˈmɔːn/) to hit a small ball called a sliotar /ˈʃlɪtər/ between the opponent's goalposts either over the crossbar for one point or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for three points. The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked, or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass), for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick, and the ball can only be handled twice while in the player’s possession.

Provided that a player has at least one foot on the ground, he may make a shoulder-to-shoulder charge on an opponent who is in possession of the ball or is playing the ball, or when both players are moving in the direction of the ball.

No protective padding is worn by players. A plastic protective helmet with a faceguard is mandatory for all age groups as of 2010. The game has been described as "a bastion of humility", with player names absent from jerseys and a player's number decided by his position on the field.

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