Galway All The Way!

It’s beautiful here in Dublin today – the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and it’s only a little bit breezy. Perfect for sports, if that’s your thing… And it certainly is for today’s new Beastie!
Galway Hurling Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesMeet Galway Hurling Beastie!

Hurling is one of Ireland’s traditional sports, and if I were to describe it (from a completely non-expert point of view) I’d say it’s like someone blended hockey and tennis. It’s played with a wooden stick (the hurley, usually made from ash wood) and a little hard ball (the sliotar), so there’s your hockey connection. But unlike hockey, the ball is allowed to leave the ground… in fact, I’m pretty sure it spends most of the match in the air! It’s frequently thrown and then smashed down to the other end of the pitch, as in a tennis serve, or carried egg-and-spoon style on the end of the hurley, while the player runs with it. Skillful, right?

I’ve paid monster tribute to this sport before – you can meet that first Hurling Beastie in this post from 2015 – but this latest project called for a more personal touch. First of all, let’s show where his loyalties lie, with a hand-stitched shirt in his county colours!
County Colours - CrawCrafts BeastiesGalway is one of the top hurling counties in Ireland – they’re currently ranked third after the 2016 Championship – and their maroon-coloured strip is one that even a layman like myself can pick out of a lineup! I also made sure to emblazon this miniature version with the county crest, and the logo of their main sponsor.

And on the back, a little bit of extra customisation to help him fit in with his new family!
Personalised Hurling Shirt, by CrawCrafts BeastiesNext, how about some nice red hair? Well, he is an Irish Beastie, after all!
A Redhead Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesHe’s also the first Beastie to have brown eyes (look closely), and I’ve given him glasses modelled on the ones his new friend wears!
Brown-Eyed Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd of course, to complete his kit, he gets his own Beastie-sized hurley and sliotar!
Beastie-Size Hurley and Sliotar - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnyone fancy a knock-about in the park? Or are there any other sporting Beasties you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments!

Aaaaand next Tuesday, I should have a fresh new Explorer Beastie adventure for you all… So stay tuned! See you then!

31 thoughts on “Galway All The Way!

  1. Okay, if you could make a whole team of these little fellows and get them to play a match, I think I might FINALLY show an interest in sports. As far as other sporting Beasties…I’m imagining a spandex-clad cycling Beastie (preferably a non-doping one, of course). I mean, if Kermit the Frog can ride a bike, why not a Beastie?

      1. Oh right, maybe tricycles are a better piece of Beastie sporting equipment. And, hey, I see no spandex shorts on that cyclist Beastie, is he part of the naked bike ride thing? As far as animators, I’m sure there’s a computer animation student who would jump all over that project!

        1. Hmmm, must look into that! πŸ€” As for the naked Beastie cyclist, I have to admit that I’m still not sure whether they have naturally stripey legs, or just a penchant for striped pants. But since Winnie the Pooh has been running around in just a shirt for nearly 100 years without getting into trouble, I reckon it’s probably ok… πŸ˜€

    1. Hey Simon! And thanks for stopping by to visit this latest Beastie creation πŸ˜€ I’m well, thanks… Just busy as usual! Hope things are good with you – I’m off now to see what you’ve been up to!

  2. Hello there!
    This is so cool, a sporty beastie and that too a hurling player. I have heard of the sport, watched it once or twice as well.. perhaps on National Geographic! It looks fun πŸ˜€
    Happy blogging to you!

    Zahra

      1. Yes, I did make such a request and I’m delighted to know that you remember it. Thank you Helen, for sharing your ventures with us. πŸ™‚

  3. Incredible hurling Beastie! Blue and maroon pair so beautifully, and I love the little accents on hurling Beastie’s glasses. The embroidery is superb (those tiny stitches on the crest! Wow). Pure magic, Helen! ❀

  4. It’s so good to see your beastie blog again! This little guy is awesome! I also learned something new! For me hurling has always been a verb, but the fact that it’s actually a noun and a sport is neat. I’ll have to look into that a bit more. Thanks! Love his little glasses. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, it’s nice to see you back again! I’m not sure how much hurling is broadcast outside Ireland (I’d never really seen any of the GAA sports before I moved here) but it’s worth a watch if you do catch it somewhere. Oh, and stay tuned for more new Beasties coming soon! πŸ˜€

      1. Thanks! I’ve taken a look at some YouTube videos and this is a crazy cool sport! It’s so neat how it’s played, kind of looks like a cross between baseball, hockey and football…but not…ahhhh it’s so neat! And that little crest is awesome on this little guy by the way. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for the next cool beastie!

        1. Thanks! Hurling is kinda awesome, isn’t it? I don’t know how they do it, especially the goalies. If I saw that ball hurtling towards me, I’d duck!
          Anyway, cheers for stopping by… And there are more Beasties on the way soon! I’m working on a project just now that I’m really excited about, so stay tuned! πŸ˜€

    1. Hmmm, a bowling Beastie could be fun! Although if they’re anything like me, that ball is going straight into the gutter every time πŸ˜† Thanks for stopping by, Melissa! I’m going to get a chance to catch up with the podcast later today πŸ˜€

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