It will be aired on TG4 on Wednesday, September 6 at 9:30pm.
When talking about Canada, it’s hard not to bring up the country’s national obsession – ice hockey. The sport is the obsession of a nation, and in many ways has similarities to hurling in Ireland. The skill, the dedication and indeed the passion draw these parallels. Describing the sport as ‘hurling on ice’ wouldn’t be entirely inaccurate.
However, it may come as a surprise to many that there are intrinsic links between the two sports.
Ger Loughnane, in a new documentary Poc na nGael, looks at Ireland’s impact on the game in Canada.
“When I watch hockey, I can see the links to hurling. The passion, the skill and the stick work, the commitment of the players, it’s clear to me that the sports are connected.”
Hockey legend and current president of the Toronto Maple Leafs Brendan Shanahan certainly agrees.
“I can see some sense to the theory that hockey has roots in hurling. The attributes between the athletes are very similar.”
The documentary goes on to profile the story of Irish in Canada, how their prowess playing hockey provided a gateway for the Irish to progress in Canadian society.
The trailer looks brilliant:
The documentary will air at the Galway Film Fleadh on Sunday, July 16 at 2:15pm in the Cinemobile.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we talk to Richie Hogan ahead of the weekend’s qualifiers.