Hurling -- the fastest field sport in the world, the national pastime of Ireland -- arrived on the island with the Celts at the end of the last ice age. Seriously. It's no mystery, then, why a hurling stick looks a little like a prehistoric mammal's femur and why the game's played with the brutal intensity of early man fighting for rights to the carcass. Similar to lacrosse and field hockey (but better), the game was reintroduced to the world when the Gaelic Athletic Association resurrected the lost Celtic sports, late in the nineteenth century. The St. Louis Hurling League is part of the North American GAA; they practice at Parkway Northeast Middle School (I-270 at Ladue Road) on Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. and hold "hit-arounds" Tuesday nights around 6 p.m. at Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue). If you want a hurley they'll order one for you, but only if you're going to play: you have to earn it. Call... More >>>