Ballinamore’s Denis charts rise of Hurling in US

A new e-book entitled “Hurling USA: America discovers an ancient Irish sport” detailing hurling is spreading across America has just been released by Ballinamore based journalist Denis O’Brien.

A new e-book entitled “Hurling USA: America discovers an ancient Irish sport” detailing hurling is spreading across America has just been released by Ballinamore based journalist Denis O’Brien.

The Ballinamore based freelance journalist, podcaster, and former U.S. Migrant tells how hurling is spreading to American towns and cities that, until recently, never knew the sport existed. The author reveals why the sport is hooking Americans young and old, and why Americans are ‘blown away’.

Readers follow a trail to Mesopotamia, Egypt, across Europe and Canada to sample ancient stick ball games. Hurling’s Irish roots are traced in myth, law, iconography, history, lecture and fascinating first-hand accounts of old matches. In the middle of the 19th century, hurling arrives in America with immigrants and prospers in the big cities until squabbling, assimilation, depression, war and exclusiveness see it fade into the background of ethnic entertainment in place to this day. ‘Hurling USA’ goes on to outline exactly where, how and why the sport is growing on college campuses and on American public parks. The author brings into focus the hit-and-miss Irish summer player model adopted by older ex-pat clubs in big cities in comparison to steady growth at new hurling clubs. In the concluding chapter, he examines what hurling’s growing presence could mean for the GAA, Irish immigrants and the American sporting landscape.

A former emigrant himself who spent almost 20 years in America, Denis O’Brien is the writer, producer and publisher of the popular podcast, GaelicSportsCast, which reports on Gaelic Sports news around the globe via daily and weekly podcasts as well as written reports.

Denis has written for the Boston Irish Reporter, the New York Irish Examiner, and contributed to the Irish Examiner, Leitrim Observer, Anglo Celt, The Sligo Champion, Sligo Weekender, Donegal News, Shannonside Radio and Ocean FM Radio. Denis’s book is now available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FCS51G and for more details, contact Denis at gaelicsportscast@gmail.com or www.gaelicsportscast.com.