Hurling is one of Ireland’s great pastimes, and it’s known as the fastest game on grass
Where it’s popular: Ireland
How it’s played: Hurling has been compared to lacrosse, field hockey, and baseball. Teams score three points by knocking the ball into the net with a wooden stick known as a hurley, and they score one point by knocking it through the uprights above the goal. There is plenty of contact and even more danger — the ball moves 100 miles per hour, giving hurling the nickname “the fastest game on grass.”
How big is it? Hurling is like a religion in Ireland and is one of the country’s beloved national games. Outside of Ireland, hurling clubs are becoming more popular, especially in places with high Irish populations like New York and Boston.