UM Club to Host First Irish Hurling Tournament April 19

April 17, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Griz Hurlers will host the inaugural McEneaney Cup Hurling Tournament at noon Saturday, April 19, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The event is free and open to the public.

Hurling is an ancient Irish game based on single-person combat and has been played for more than 3,000 years. It is the world’s fastest field sport.

“It was a game played by the great heroes of Ireland, champions like Cuchulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhail, who showed their warrior mettle through their exploits on the hurling field,” said Traolach O’Riordain, director the UM Irish Studies Program. “No game in Ireland has been as celebrated in song and story like hurling. It is the national game.”

This is the first year UM students have organized a hurling club, one of the few in the country. They will play in the U.S. national championship next month in New York, but first they invite the community to see Montana’s first hurling tournament.

The Griz Hurlers will compete against other teams from the Western U.S. to vie for the McEneaney Cup, which was donated by local hurling enthusiasts Terry and Karen McEneaney.

The club includes Irish exchange students and American players.

“The Fulbright teachers, language and law students from Ireland have added style to the power and strength of Montana’s homegrown players,” said O’Riordain.

For more information call visiting Fulbright teacher Naoise Waldron at 406-239-3318 or email naoise45@gmail.com.

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Contact: Naoise Waldron, visiting Fulbright teacher, UM Irish Studies Program, 406-239-3318, naoise45@gmail.com.