In 1882, a letter was published in the Irish Times, lamenting the decline of hurling. The game was now played only in a few isolated rural pockets, and according to no fixed set of rules. It would have been absurd to imagine that, within five years, an all-Ireland hurling championship would be underway, under the auspices of a powerful national organisation. Yet that is exactly what came to pass.
The Hurlers is a superbly entertaining account of that dramatic turn of events, of the colorful men who made it happen, and of the political intrigues and violent rows that marked the early years of the GAA.
This is a tale of huge personalities and of a culture that was ready to embrace a new approach to sport in Ireland. The Hurlers is a landmark work of scholarship and a gripping piece of storytelling.
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