Hurling and Camogie are new additions to UNESCO list of protected cultural activities

UNESCO have described Hurling as an example of intangible cultural heritage

Author: Media GPA/29 November 2018/Categories: Year 2018, Player Blogs

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The GPA have welcomed the news that UNESCO have added Hurling and Camogie to their list of protected cultural activities around the world.


UNIESCO believes that cultural heritage extends further than just monuments and collections and understands that traditions inherited through generations are an important aspect to cultures around the world.


For Ireland Gaelic Games, are one of these traditions and hurling, one of the fastest and oldest field sports in the world, has played an important part in the country’s heritage and folklore. 


Paul Flynn, CEO of the GPA said, “We are absolutely delighted that Hurling and Camogie have been added to UNESCO's list of protected cultural activities. They have described it as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’ and we cannot agree more. This new status means that these games, which are an important part of Ireland’s culture and history, will be safeguarded for the future. It will also help to raise the profile overseas and highlight the uniqueness of the games.”

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