The Fastest Game on Grass
The Charleston Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) will host the first "Irish Fest Camden Cup" hurling tournament on Saturday March 2, 2024 during the Irish Fest Camden main event at Historic Camden.
Hurling is Ireland’s national sport. It is the oldest team field sport and has been played for over 3,000 years, combining the skills of lacrosse, hockey, and baseball. It is commonly referred to as “the fastest game on grass” since change of possession and field position occurs often and rapidly. The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponent's goalposts.
Hurling has been played in the Southeast U.S. for over 20 years with GAA hurling teams in Charleston, Greenville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Augusta, Atlanta, Savannah, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis, with college teams at The Citadel, UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State.
The Charleston GAA hopes the IFC Cup will generate enthusiasm to form a Camden hurling team. For more information, USGAA or Charleston Hurling Club