A new short film has emerged highlighting the growing popularity of hurling across Europe.
Filmed by Jessica Nord, the video features multiple accounts and clips from the European Hurling and Camogie Championship finals which took place in Dresden, Germany last year.
Competitors and fans alike speak of why they think the sport has amassed so much popularity as of late, with many citing it’s intensity and speed as the reasons they love the game.
Given the rise in emigration levels out of Ireland in the last decade, GAA clubs are springing up all across the world, but it is not just the Irish who are taking part, with people from all backgrounds around the globe trying their hand at our native game.
While many might view the sport as somewhat barbaric, the narrator highlights how hurling embodies the aspects of heroism which are a part of its ancient tradition. The sport is a fixture in Irish culture and as this culture has spread, it was ultimately only a matter of time before the GAA branched out to reach an international spectrum and audience.
The sport has grown incredibly in terms of popularity in Germany. Stuttgart, Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Darmstadt and Munich are all cities which now proudly have a GAA club, with ten clubs situated around the country.
Teams also travelled across Europe to take part in the event, with Vienna Gaels coming from Austria and Den Haag GAA travelling from the Netherlands. There is no denying that hurling is reaching its golden era, with our national game now being broadcast to millions across the world.
The sport is only going to become more and more popular in the coming years and this film provides a fascinating insight into what is happening across Europe in terms of growth.
The video below illustrates the popularity of the sport on the continent.
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