Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin is widely regarded as one of Cork’s greatest-ever inter-county hurlers.
Hurling is one of Ireland’s native Gaelic games and has been played for 3,000 years. The game has been described as “a bastion of humility”, with player names absent from jerseys and a player’s number decided by his position on the field.
Their is little question that this is the fastest field sports on earth, requiring players to combine coordination and physicality.
Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin was nicknamed “The Rock.” I don’t think you need me to explain why…
When you have 15 men running at each other with sticks and a pretty lenient selection of rules you know what’s going to happen from time to time:
Provided that a player has at least one foot on the ground, a player may make a shoulder to shoulder charge on an opponent: (a) who is in possession of the ball, or (b) who is playing the ball, or (c) when both players are moving in the direction of the ball to play it.
I’ll finish by saying this sport is completely amateur. These guys all have jobs away from the game. It’s a reminder to the rest of us that this is what sport is about. Fuck the commercial breaks and overgrown men children we’ve all become so used to supporting.