Great news from UNESCO this morning! Hurling and camogie have joined the ranks of cultural activities that have attained UNESCO status. As UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) is charged with keeping peace between nations and ensuring that their educational, scientific and cultural treasures are looked after, it`s good to see hurling up there as a tradition worthy of preservation.
This status now means that our government must engage in good safeguarding practices for the game. Is it too optimistic to hope that the Department of Education might throw a few bob our way for some hurling equipment? At €70 a pop, those all essential hurling helmets are expensive and a good hurley costs €30.
Luckily, we`ve got a superb team of in-house coaches on board who give their time for free. And a band of parents who are committed to ensuring that they boys are in school around 8am for hurling training.
Here in our school hurling training has commenced this week and is open to anyone from fifth or sixth class once week.
It is said that the first recorded game of hurling took place between the ancient Irish tribes of the Firbolg and the Tuatha de Danann two thousand years ago in Co Mayo. We`re doing our bit to keep this great game alive!