Hair Hurling Balls at the museum of country life

Currently running at the National Museum of Country Life, Turlough House, this exhibition firmly establishes the antiquity of our national game of hurling with radio-carbon dated hurling balls from 800 years ago.

The hair hurling ball collection of the National Museum of Ireland is displayed with an ancient hurling stick. These hurling balls are of matted cow-hair with a plaited horse-hair covering. This exhibition looks at these bog finds in relation to where in the country they were discovered, how they were made, and the scientific analysis undertaken by the museum. This revealed so much more than the naked eye could see. The exhibition runs until May 2014.

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