When we tell people about hurling, we generally get the same three or four responses from those unfamiliar with the game.
- Curling? Like with the broom and the ice?
- Hurling? Like when you drink too much and throw up?
- I think I’ve seen it before, but I don’t know where.
If you’re someone giving that third response, maybe we can help. Believe it or not, you probably have seen hurling before. Maybe you just didn’t know what you were looking at. We’ve tracked down some of the most popular hurling appearances in American pop culture to help you out.
President Obama Gives Hurling a Try
There is no greater American reference to hurling than our president wielding a hurl.
Making a Murderer Lawyer Loves Hurling
Attorney Dean Strang was surprised to learn how many people were interested in that hurling statue. As popular as the sport is growing in America, he shouldn’t have been.
Jason Statham Gives Us the Perfect Description
Ahh, the phrase that launched a thousand T-shirts.
ER Started It All
It’s possible this reference is so old that you’re more familiar with hurling than you are with ER. If that’s the case, don’t even tell me about it.
CSI:NY Joins In
Well, they tried.
Did any of these introduce you to hurling? These are decidedly American references, so they don’t cover all the bases. You may have also seen the opening scene in The Wind That Shakes the Barley. You might have caught the reference in The Quiet Man. It’s possible you heard Shane McGowan and The Pogues sing about it in The Broad Majestic Shannon. These are all even more possible if you’re in touch with your Irish roots.
If you’re intrigued and want to know more than ER or CSI:NY could ever tell you, drop us a line. We’ll let you know the next time we’re playing so you can see it for yourself.