What is hurling?
If you're curious about that exciting game, here's a set of three video clips that lay out the sport's basic rules and tactics.
And here's my gobsmacked account of my first hurling match. Not every game will feature a performance as swift and skillful as Kilkenny's against Waterford that day, just as not every short, bossy guy is Napoleon. But I did see enough to convince me that hurling is faster and potentially more accessible to the uninitiated than soccer. And don't get me started on NFL football, which can be exciting during late-game drives or when viewed on television but which, seen in person, is best regarded as a mild form of torture.
And a (possibly) final what-I-did-on-my-vacation note: Among the companionable crowd at the Books 2008 Crime Writing Series was Stuart Neville, whose first novel, The Ghosts of Belfast, is due out in 2009. I mention this because he's an intelligent chap, a nice fellow, and surprisingly well-adjusted for someone whose book drew a rave from James Ellroy.
© Peter Rozovsky 2008