Travel guide, Lonely Planet, have listed hurling in Croke Park as a must see sporting attraction
The travel gurus at Lonely Planet have included watching hurling in Croke Park on a list of must visit sporting venues. The list, titled, Where And How To Watch Sport Like a Local, includes Croke Park alongside the likes of Boca Juniors stadium, La Bombonera, and the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park.
The author of the list, Joe Minihane, states at the outset that, ‘there are few better ways into a place’s soul than through its sports teams. Step into the febrile atmosphere of a stadium or arena mid-match and you’ll find usually relaxed locals in a state of agitation or elation, depending on the scoreline’.
Minihane described Croke Park as being ‘Steeped in Irish tradition’. He added that Hurling is ‘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’.
He advised visitors to, ‘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’.
While Minihane asks readers to ‘have a few pints of Guinness to get into the mood before kick off’, he also warns them against, ‘turning up wearing an Ireland football or rugby top’.
Interestingly, Croke Park is the only European venue to make the Lonely Planet list, beating the likes of the Camp Nou and Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena