Hurling is virtually unknown elsewhere in the world, but in Ireland, every village, neighbourhood and county has its own hurling team. The ancient game dates back to the Celts. It has been played in Ireland for at least two thousand years, perhaps even three, until it was banned by the English rulers banned for a while.
Excerpt from the documentary series "Three Shades of Green". Click here to watch the full episode:
But hurling was revived and became very popular again. Countless ash trees were felled to make the sticks. Nowadays, forests cover just ten percent of the land in Ireland, making it one of the least forested countries in Europe. Carpenter Jimmy Ryan still remembers ash trees growing in Ireland. He has been making hurleys for more than forty years. In fact, he was the first carpenter in the country who made them. Many of Ireland\'s greatest players are his customers. They come from all over the country to visit his workshop and select a perfect new hurley.