Hurling Barróg Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Hey there, sports fans! It’s new Beastie time again!

And since this is the last full week of August – and, in my mind, the end of the summer – I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to one last Summer Barróg Beastie before we head into the autumn. So, without further ado, let me present – Hurling Beastie!
Hurling Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
I have to confess to having had very little contact with Gaelic games and the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) before I moved across the border to Dublin. I suppose my profound lack of interest in any kind of sport (Irish or otherwise) probably didn’t help matters. But I do remember the first time I saw Gaelic football and hurling on TV… I was watching the news on the ancient 1980s TV I had in my college dorm room, and I didn’t get a chance to switch it off before they moved on to the sports. The football coverage was on first, and what made me stop and watch open-mouthed was the extent to which the players seemed, to my very untrained eyes, to be just whaling on each other. Then they moved on to talk about the day’s hurling, which was the same story… but this time the players had weapons!
Hurling Beastie's Hurl - CrawCrafts BeastiesI was transfixed – this seemed so much more fun than regular football, where the players fall over clutching their knees and wincing if someone so much as looks at them, or the lacklustre hockey and netball I was made to play in school.

So when I was trying to think up a sporty-themed summer Beastie with an Irish twist, I just had to have a go at making a hurling player. In some of the larger parks in Dublin (like the massive Phoenix Park, for example), a sunny day will see kids taking their hurls (that’s the stick, traditionally made from ash wood) and sliotars (the hard little ball) out for a knock-about, to hone their skills. And it is a skilful game… you can hit the ball on the ground or in the air, and although the rules allow the ball to be carried over short (4 paces, officially) distances, most players choose to keep possession by balancing it on the end of their hurl and running with it. Given the trouble I had with the egg and spoon race in primary school, this kind of ability is pretty much superhuman in my book… and don’t even get me started on the goalies, whose job it is to stop the rock-hard, speeding sliotar and prevent their opponents from scoring. They must have nerves of steel!

Anyway, having kitted Hurling Beastie out with his hurl and sliotar…
Hurling Beastie's Hurl, Closeup - CrawCrafts BeastiesHurling Beastie's Sliotar - CrawCrafts Beasties

It was time to let him outside to play!
Hurling Beastie goes outside for some training! CrawCrafts Beasties
Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before he lost his ball in the long grass!
Hurling Beastie loses his ball in the grass - CrawCrafts Beasties
Ooooops! Something tells me he has a long afternoon of searching ahead… I’ll let you know how he gets on!

In the meantime, if any of you would like to find out more about Gaelic games, you can check out the GAA’s official website here!

14 thoughts on “Last Days of Summer…

      1. My weekend was good Helen 🙂
        I didn’t receive notification for your comment so I thought maybe I said something which was not good.

        Have a nice weekend ahead.

        Anand

        1. You got it now though, right? I wouldn’t want you to think that poor Beastie was still outside hunting for his ball… Especially after the rain we’ve had here today!
          Have a good one!
          H.

        2. I have heard it’s raining in UK these days. It’s so hot here!
          Good to see rain but I guess you people don’t like it much. Do you?
          Best Wishes,
          A.

        3. An important thing to know about Irish people is that we complain about the weather no matter what it’s like. “It’s too hot!” “It’s too cold!” “It’s been raining non-stop for the last month!” You get the idea… So yes, we might say we hate the rain, but we’d miss it if we didn’t get any. And we need it to maintain our lovely green countryside!

  1. lol! “his seemed so much more fun than regular football, where the players fall over clutching their knees and wincing if someone so much as looks at them” my favorite line of your entry! Your posts are so much fun! I love the youthful imagination you apply to regular adult conversation. It is so very wonderful!

    1. Hahaha! Finally someone appreciates my Willy Wonka attitude to growing up! I figure there’s enough serious stuff going on in the world, so the Beasties and I have a responsibility to bring a little monster silliness to everyone’s day 😀 Thanks for your comment!

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