The Epic Origins of Hurling

A Journey through Time

Discover the enthralling history of hurling from its mythical origins to the establishment of the GAA in this definitive masterpiece on the sport “The Epic Origins of Hurling”.

Hurling, one of the oldest and most distinguished sports in the world, has a rich history that has been captivatingly chronicled in “The Epic Origins of Hurling.” Originally penned in Irish by Brother Liam Ó Caithnia of St Joseph’s Fairview, affectionately known as Joeys, this book offers a deep dive into the origins of hurling, tracing its lineage from mythical times before Cú Chulainn to the formal establishment of the Dublin Hurling Club in 1882, later to become the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

This edition, translation and editing coordinated by cousins Mick and Stephen McGrath, who are proud alumni of Joeys, bridges the past with the present, making the saga accessible to a broader audience. Each chapter begins with a brief overview, providing readers with a glimpse into the development of hurling through various ages and societies. The book captures not just the evolution of the sport but also its significance in Irish culture and identity.

Endorsed by the GAA and forwarded by Kilkenny hurling superstar Brian Cody, “The Epic Origins of Hurling” is not just a book; it’s an acknowledgment of hurling’s indelible mark on the heart of Ireland. Through the meticulous research and passionate recounting by Brother Liam Ó Caithnia, and the subsequent translation led by the McGrath cousins, this book stands as a testament to the enduring legacy and ongoing evolution of hurling.

From its ancient roots to its contemporary significance, hurling has always been more than just a game; it’s a pivotal element of Irish heritage. “The Epic Origins of Hurling” invites readers to explore this dynamic history, offering insights into the social, cultural, and athletic aspects of hurling that have shaped it into the beloved sport it is today.

Readers Reviews and Testimonials

Discover what our hurling community love about this book.

The definitive book on Hurling. A must for all hurling lovers

Brian Cody

Kilkenny Player & Manager

Every hurling fan needs to read this book … it’s great

John Fenton

Cork Hurler

A brilliant work … the story of our game everyone needs to know

Michael Duignan

Chairperson of the Offaly GAA

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