About the Guild
Hurling is older than the recorded history of Ireland. It is thought to predate Christianity, having come to Ireland with the Celts. It has been a distinct Irish pastime for at least 2000 years. The earliest written references to this sport are in Brehon law which dates from the fifth Century.
The survival of these records and references are a testament to the existence of the craft of hurleymaking in Ireland for over 2000 years. In the fifth Century, during the time of St. Patrick, hurleys were crafted in Ireland. A hurley was made in Ireland on the day Brian Boru was killed in 1014. During the 'Flight of the Earls' in 1607, Ash trees were being shaped into hurleys.
Find a Hurleymaker
The GAA, Teagasc & IGAHM will launch a dvd: The Art of Hurley Making: ‘From Ash to Clash’ in Croke Park Dec 16th 2011. The dvd will be launched by the President of the GAA, Mr Christy Cooney, the Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle and the President of the IGAHM, Mr Willie McAuliffe. This dvd celebrates the story of the Irish ash hurley and it’s place in Irish sporting culture through the game of Hurling; as well as its part in a vibrant indigenous industry – the craft of Hurley Making. The GAA, Teagasc and the Irish Guild of