The All-Ireland hurling final is one of the biggest dates in the Irish sporting calendar and it takes place in Croke Park Stadium, Dublin every September.  While many of us here in Ireland have grown up around sports like hurling, Gaelic Football. camogie and handball, there’s a whole world of people out there who simply have no idea about our national sports.

We invited UK travel blogger Neil Barnes from Backpack and Bunkbeds to Ireland to try his hand at hurling for the first time.  Neil visited Kilkenny in the build up to the 2015 All-Ireland final and spent time with P.J Lanigan and the Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience getting introduced to the sport.  He then caught a train from Kilkenny to Dublin to take his seat at Croke Park to watch ‘The Cats’ defeat Galway in this years All-Ireland Final.

Watch the video below to see how Neil got on.

A big thank you to P.J for taking the time to give Neil an introduction to the sport of hurling.  We were certainly impressed with how quickly he picked up the skills and could certainly see him lining up at half back for a Junior B side!

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