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Hair Hurling Balls - Earliest Artefacts of our National Game

The GAA Museum's new temporary exhibition, ‘Hair Hurling Balls – Earliest Artefacts of our National Game’ is now open.  There are 14 hair hurling balls on display as part of the exhibition which was researched and developed by the National Museum of Ireland and previously hosted at the Museum of Country Life in Castlebar, County Mayo.

The balls are made from matted cow hair with a plaited horsehair covering and all found in bogs during the handcutting of turf.  The balls have been dated with the oldest dated to c.1192 - making it over 800 years old.

The interactive exhibition invites visitors to uncover stories of the history of the hair hurling balls: where they were found, how they were made and their ages. The exhibition also explores the science behind our knowledge. Visitors can see how these earliest objects of our national game compare with those of today and learn more about their folklore.

Hair Hurling Balls – Earliest Artefacts of our National Game’ will run until April 2015. 

View footage of the exhibition and the official opening in Croke Park on Sunday 20th July 2014