The most exciting sports you’ve probably never heard of. Hurling is believed by many to be the world’s oldest and fastest field game. Governed by the Gaelic Athletic Association, Hurling and Gaelic Football are Ireland’s most popular sports. These among other traditional sports were on display throughout the weekend.
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2015 Greenfields Sports Area Activities
Amateur Boxing Showcase
New to the Festival this year, Ireland’s most successful Olympic sport was showcased on Sunday when athletes took turns in the ring. An 88 piece exhibit, The Fighting Irish by the Ward Irish Music Archives was on display throughout the weekend. This traveling exhibit featured the Irish and Irish American athletes that made the sport of boxing so popular in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Amateur Highland Games Competition
Highland Games athletes from around the region contended for Athlete of the Day and Best in Class in an aw-inspiring competition of Celtic proportions! More than 40 athletes make this one of the largest competitions in Ohio. 2015 events included the heavy hammer throw, caber toss, sheaf toss, braemar stone put, weight for height and weight for distance.
Also a new activity this year, Cúl Camp allow guests of all ages to put their Hurling, Gaelic Football and Irish Road Bowling skills to the test in several hands-on stations. The camp was presented by four local Gaelic Athletic Association clubs.
Festival guests competed in two blind draw competitions, attended seminars and simply threw arrows during open play. Seminars were presented by Wade Wilcox, a member of the 1995 World Cup team and competitor on the national and international darts circuit. During the seminars, Wilcox explained the equipment and rules of the game, demonstrated throwing techniques and discussed the background of darts as a pastime sport.
Irish Road Bowling
Representatives from the Ohio Irish Road Bowling Association were on-site throughout the weekend to answer questions and demonstrate throwing techniques. Irish Road Bowling has been a popular sport in Ireland for over 300 years. Historians are not clear as to its true origins, but it is believe to be invented by Irish soldiers who used the most readily available playing piece – the cannonball
Kids Gaelic Games
This Festival favorite continues to grow in popularity! Hosted by the Highland athletes, hundreds of Festival wee folk took turns tossing a caber and shoveling a sheaf.
These extremely popular demonstrations showcased obedient canines maneuvering sheep through obstacles. Demonstrations were on Saturday and Sunday.