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A great match – 1896/16thCentury/12th Century

Irish Examiner 18th July, 1896 p.10

Crest of G.A.A. Galway inter county Hurling and Gaelic Football teams. Wikimedia Commons
Crest of G.A.A. Galway inter county Hurling and Gaelic Football teams.
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(abridged)
In the reign of Cormac Mac Art, son of Conn of the Hundred Battles and High King of Ireland, a great gathering of the beauty and valour of the nation assembled at Tara to witness a hurling contest between the Tuatha de Danann and Finn MacCool and his warriors.

When the ball was brought into the middle of the field and struck into the air, so great was the energy and skill of the players that it was not allowed to touch the ground for more than an hour.

Gaillimh Abú!