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As someone who grew up playing hockey, baseball and golf playing sports is something I really miss while traveling the world. When I had an opportunity to learn Hurling and Gaelic Football with Experience Gaelic Games in Dublin I jumped at the chance. Come find out what makes these two uniquely Irish sports the most popular in Ireland.
I’m here in Dublin, Ireland to check out Gaelic Games. I know very little about them so this is going to be a lot of fun. I’m going to learn a lot. I absolutely know it.
Hurling reminded me of lacrosse except it is even faster. My hockey and baseball skills came in handy when it was time for me to give it a go.
To me a good goalkeeper say if I told anyone younger it takes a lot of confidence and like it is one of these things if something goes wrong you forget about it. If you let a bad goal in, you forget about it. And you have to be very verbal to the lads. Say, someone guard him, someone go over here, someone take that shot. And the last thing I’d say is pretty much just practice. Practice. Like I nearly come down here everyday. Even touching the hurl and the ball just getting used to it and then like your reactions comes into play. As I’m getting older I’m finding that my reactions, I’m reading the ball is getting a lot better. So that is pretty much the main points I’d say to anyone.
Okay, and last but certainly not least it’s time to learn some Gaelic Football.
I was especially keen on learning as much as I possibly could about Gaelic Football considering I had a big match to attend the following day.
My name is AJ Murphy and I play for NA FIANNA GAA. My main sport is hurling and I used to play a bit of Gaelic Football too.
The great thing about football is that is a mix of all sorts of sports – rugby, soccer, basketball – all mixed into one. So it is like high scoring? Uh, definitely. Like you could have maybe three or four or five goals a game and then you might have thirty or forty points so it is a high scoring game. You’re always on your toes. And it is a contact sport as well too? Oh yeah, that’s the great thing. So you have to be bulky bulky. Always in the gym lifting weights and whatever so as well as playing. You look good as well. So it’s good.
Alright, that training session was awesome. I’m a bit sweaty. Time to go back for a shower and get ready for the big game tomorrow.