Hurling at Croke Park named one of the world's ultimate sporting experiences

Galway celebrate after their recent victory at Croke Park
Galway celebrate after their recent victory at Croke Park

Watching a game of hurling at Croke Park has been listed as one of the ultimate sporting experiences by travel guide Lonely Planet.

The travel bible posted a list on their website of the 10 best places to watch sport like a local and taking in some hurling at Croke Park is on the list.

The article says: 

Steeped in Irish tradition, Croke Park is the headquarters of both Gaelic football and hurling. The latter – a fast-moving, physically demanding game – is best watched in the national stadium, with the semi-finals and final of the All Ireland hurling championships played here in August and September. Make sure you fit in by learning the local terminology: hurley for the wooden stick the players use to hit the sliotar, the baseball-like ball which is thwacked towards the opponents’ goal.

It also offers up two bits of advice:

Do: have a few pints of Guinness to get into the mood before kick off
Don’t: turn up wearing an Ireland football or rugby top

As well as hurling some of the other events on the list include watching Boca Juniors play at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, taking in some baseball at Fenway Stadium in Boston or enjoying cricket at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

For the full list, you can check out the article here.