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When the GAA was founded in 1884, two forms of hurling existed in Ireland, summer hurling and winter hurling. The former, also known as caman, was dominant in the south while the latter was played in parts of the north. Winter hurling, also called camanacht, was played with a narrow stick similar to that used in hockey and the ball was struck mostly along the ground. The southern version of the game used a broad bossed stick on which the ball could be carried and aerial play was mixed with ground striking. This was the version adopted by the GAA and which eveloped into the game we know today. The picture on the left shows a selection of sticks from both versions.

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When the GAA was founded in 1884, two forms of hurling existed in Ireland, summer hurling and winter hurling. The former, also known as caman, was dominant in the south while the latter was played in parts of  the north. Winter hurling, also called camanacht, was played with a narrow stick similar to that used in hockey and the ball was struck mostly along the ground. The southern version of the game used a broad bossed stick on which the ball could be carried and aerial play was mixed with ground striking. This was the version adopted by the GAA and which eveloped into the game we know today. The picture on the left shows a selection of sticks from both versions.