Hurling: The Warrior Game

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From Na Fianna to the Fenians, Ireland's ancient sport of hurling was used to practice and refine the art of war. Today the tradition continues, the tribal passions remain and hurling is Ireland's greatest spectator sport. But are great hurlers born naturals? All agree Ring and Mackey had it. Many agree DJ Carey had it. But what is `it'? What are the key elements of hurling greatness? In these pages hurling is defined by its modern heroes, current and former players, managers and coaches. Dónal Og Cusack, Pat ...

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Overview

From Na Fianna to the Fenians, Ireland's ancient sport of hurling was used to practice and refine the art of war. Today the tradition continues, the tribal passions remain and hurling is Ireland's greatest spectator sport. But are great hurlers born naturals? All agree Ring and Mackey had it. Many agree DJ Carey had it. But what is `it'? What are the key elements of hurling greatness? In these pages hurling is defined by its modern heroes, current and former players, managers and coaches. Dónal Og Cusack, Pat Hartigan, Seán McMahon, Martin Storey, Ray Cummins, Nicky English, Liam Griffin, Henry Shefflin, and many others, discuss the finer points and skills that make the perfect player.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905172795
  • Publisher: Collins Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/11/2009
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

A Brief Introduction to Hurling vii

1 Goalkeeper - The Gamekeeper

Noel Skehan (Kilkenny) 1

Seamus Durack (Clare) 11

Donal Óg Cusack (Cork) 18

Christy O'Connor (Clare) 25

2 Right-Corner-Back - The Terrier

Phil 'Fan' Larkin (Kilkenny) 31

Brian Murphy (Cork) 35

Michael Kavanagh (Kilkenny) 39

3 Full-Back - The Gatekeeper

Pat Hartigan (Limerick) 45

Brian Lohan (Clare) 53

Diaramid O'Sullivan (Cork) 59

Stephen Lucey (Limerick) 61

4 Left-Corner-Back- The Lurcher

John Horgan (Cork) 67

Martin Hanamy (Offaly) 72

Ollie Canning (Galway) 76

5 Right-Half-Back - The Sweeper

Pete Finnerty (Galway) 83

Brian Whelahan (Offaly) 91

Liam Doyle (Clare) 96

6 Centre-Back - The Pivot

Pat Henderson (Kilkenny) 99

Pat McGrath (Waterford) 104

Liam Dunne (Wexford) 108

Seánie McMahon (Clare) 113

7 Left-Half-Back - The Artiste

Len Gaynor (Tipperary) 119

Denis Coughlan (Cork) 124

Anthony Daly (Clare) 129

8&9 Midfield - The Athletes

Ned Wheeler (Wexford) 135

Richie Bennis (Limerick) 139

Gerald McCarthy (Cork) 143

Patjoe Whelahan (Offaly) 149

Pat Critchley (Laois) 152

John Fenton (Cork) 158

Johnny Pilkington (Offaly) 167

10 Right-Half-Forward - The Sniper

Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary) 173

Liam Griffin (Wexford and Clare) 179

Johnny Dooley (Offaly) 182

Tommy Dunne (Tipperary) 187

Dan Shanahan (Waterford) 191

11 Centres-Forward - The Gamebreaker

Joe Cooney (Galway) 197

John Power (Kilkenny) 201

Gary Kirby (Limerick) 209

Martin Storey (Wexford) 214

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) 217

12 Left-Half-Forward - The Wing-man

Frankie Walsh (Waterford) 223

Mick Ryan (Dublin and Cork) 229

Eddie Keher (Kilkenny) 234

Gerard McGrattan (Down) 239

13 Right-Corner-Forward - The Cornerboys

Mick Bermingham (Dublin) 243

Charlie McCarthy (Cork) 246

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) 253

14 Full-Forward - The Rock-Breaker

Ray Cummins (Cork) 259

Joe McKenna (Offaly and Limerick) 265

Liam Fennelly (Kilkenny) 270

Olcan McFetridge (Antrim) 273

D. J. Carey (Kilkenny) 276

15 Left-Corner-Forward - The Fail-Guy

Eamonn Cregan (Limerick) 285

Nicky English (Tipperary) 290

Ben O'Connor (Cork) 294

Free-Taking 303

The Hurley 309

Picking a Team 317

Qualities Needed - Web Survey 330

Index 332

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