What a start to the New Year at Experience Gaelic Games. Our reputation as a fun thing to do in Dublin is beginning to travel. Indeed it’s now got so popular that we’ve attracted a visitor from Outer space. We’ve recently been delighted to host Commander Hadfield from the International Space Station.
Check out his interview while with us here http://www.independent.ie/videos/irish-news/singing-astronaut-chris-hadfield-shows-his-skills-on-the-hurling-pitch-29905414.html
He’s an inspiration – we love his comment – “If you want somewhere that stays the same – you’ll have to go to a different planet”
Col. Hadfield and his wife Helene dropped by and were accompanied by our Minister for Tourism and Sport Leo Varadaker and Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons. It was a great fun day at Experience Gaelic Games. The crew arrived in the morning and after a quick photo shoot had lunch with the team.
Col. Hadfield was pretty handy with the hurl and sliothar. He’s a big Ice Hockey fan and as such was interested to hear of the origins of the work puck – the item played with in Ice hockey. You know when you strike a ball or Sliothar with a Hurley or Camán you póc the ball. This is believed to be the origins of the word Puck for Ice Hockey. As always in sport and culture- there is little that has not got an outside influence.