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The Rites of an Irish Spring

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Hurling is an ancient Gaelic team game played on a field with a ball and sticks. The goal is to advance the ball, called a sliotar, through the goal posts at either end, using mainly the stick, which is called a hurley (minimal use of the hands and feet are permitted). Simple, right? Well, keeping the sliotar on your hurley while running full pelt as opponents bump you and hack at your hurley is tougher than it looks. And pity the poor goalkeeper, who tries to block a sliotar that's whizzing by at 90-plus miles an hour. It looks a little like a hockey fight broke out at a baseball game when played properly. The St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club continues its new season at the St. Vincent Community Center (7335 St. Charles Rock Road, Greendale; www.stlgac.com). The women's game (called camogie) starts the day at 10:30 a.m., with four games of hurling scheduled starting at 11:45 a.m. Admission is free.
Sat., April 12, 10:30 a.m., 2014

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