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Traditional Celtic Sports

Mar 10, 2016

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Kidzworld takes a look at hurling, gaelic football and other sports of Ireland.

Gaelic Sports - Hurling

Hurling is a lot like field hockey or lacrosse but also has similiarities to rugby and soccer. Hurling is played on a large field with a curved wooden stick called a hurley and a small, hard ball called a sliothar. The object of the game is to use the hurley to knock the sliothar between the opposing team's goal posts. The sport was invented in Ireland about 2,000 years ago and in its early years, the sport was used to settle disputes between neighboring villages. Villages would play games involving hundreds of players, which would last several hours or even days. Now games are played with two 30-minute halves.

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Gaelic Sports - Camogie

Camogie is similar to hurling but it is played by girls. The game was invented in the early 1900s when women in Ireland began to take a greater interest in playing sports. The ball used in camogie is slightly smaller than a hurling ball and players are not allowed to make body contact like they are in hurling. Players in camogie are allowed to hit an opponent's stick or hurley, which is not permitted in hurling.

Gaelic Sports - Gaelic Football

Gaelic football is one of Ireland's most popular sports. The sport was first played in Ireland in the 16th century when entire towns would battle each other to try and force the ball into the other town's territory. Modern gaelic football is a mix of soccer and rugby. Each team has 15 players and a ball slightly smaller than a soccer ball is used. The ball can be carried for short distances and it is passed using kicks or a "hand-pass", by hitting the ball with the hand or fist. It is a very fast-paced game, that is often quite rough and hard-hitting. No helmets or other protective equipment is used.

Dublin's Gaelic football

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"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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