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We Provide a unique sporting experience giving you an insight into the worlds Oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true Home Of Hurling Champions - Kilkenny. Join us for 2 hours of Hurling fun in the Home of the Famous Kilkenny Cats.
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chrisb_in_MI
Winterville, NC79 contributions
Couples
We opted for the basic “tourist package” as a way to check-out hurling – a popular Irish sport (think a mix of field hockey, rugby and US baseball). There were only four in the group and my wife and I enjoyed ourselves and our guide (Connor or Colin? Sorry, misplaced his name…) was very educational and a fun guy all around.

The tour started at Lanigan’s Pub – a fairly central spot if you are visiting the city (not far from the castle). There you get some history on Hurling and how the game is played. Afterwards, you grab your gear (helmet, balls, hurl) and walk to the local stadium where the Kilkenny team plays and then to the nearby practice field (pitch).

At the practice field, we were taught some very basic skills of hurling and given time to practice. It was quite instructional and gave us a new respect for the level of skill the game requires, but it was a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, we had to cut our experience short due to prior commitments, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and recommend it to others who might be interested. But please bear in mind the following:

TIP #1: While educational, this is an activity that will require some physical exertion – including a 1-2 mile walk to the practice field and then practicing with the hurl / ball on the (grass) field. It’s nothing really strenuous, but something to keep in mind. Never know, you may have so much fun, you don’t even notice…

TIP #2: Wear comfortable clothing, especially shoes. With the walk and exertion, wouldn’t recommend anything too dressy or unstable (high heels, expensive outfit, etc.)

TIP #3: Learn from our mistake – budget about 3 hours for the experience. The walk to the field(s) alone will take a bit of time and we had to cut our overall experience short because we did not reserve enough time – our loss…
Written June 14, 2015
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Lilultra
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If you visit Kilkenny this is an activity you simply must do. Fabulous day out , amazing guide, live the passion that is hurling in Kilkenny. This is the best value for money you can get, includes the tour, how to play the game and lunch. I even got to pull my own pint. The best tour bar none. Jim is an absolute gent and a great guide. Do it !
Written December 18, 2012
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lea1188
Cork, Ireland12 contributions
Friends
Had a great time playing Hurling in Kilkenny. What a nice sport! And Andrew make it very fun and interesting! We watched a short and funny movie, walked to the pitch, got the rules and played away!! Definitely recommended!
Written September 24, 2019
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LItraveller2016
Cold Spring Harbor, NY1 contribution
Family
The good part about this "Experience" was the time on the Hurling Field and learning some of the skills and rules. Now for the bad... Actually we were on the secondary practice field, not even the proper practice field which was being used by a local club. There was NO "Tour of Nolwan Park Home of the Kilkenny Cats" as advertised, which was chained and locked. There was NO "Visit to the Legends Hurling Museum" as advertised although I think we might have been in it in the upper bar at Lanigans but no one mentioned it to us or discussed a museum! We got a demonstration of equipment use on the second level only. There was NO "Introduction Video on the GAA," as advertised. We did NOT "Watch a game at Legends Hurling Bar" as advertised, probably because all of the televisions, including the very large ones, were showing what appeared to be an important soccer match and we were told that it could not be changed. We did "enjoy a bowl of lamb stew" but found out as we left that sodas for the 4 of us were extra. So you get only part of what you would think is a typical lunch with food and a drink. (I could understand charging extra for alcohol.) That would be OK if we were told sodas were extra when ordering and we probably wouldn't have gotten a second round, I ended up having to pay for 8 sodas unexpectedly.

Basically we felt like there were misrepresentations made that could have been avoided with some actual communication from Lanigans. We got a confirming email the day before but no mention that Nowlans would be chained closed. This is something you would expect a group that includes it in it's tour to know! We got to Lannigans promply at 12:00 and were told that the Coach was running 20 minutes late. That's not a problem, but we found our from the Coach (a 20 year old college student who plays on a local team,) that he wasn't told he was coaching until 11:30 that day. Once we got the equipment and left the bar, we had a 25 minute walk to the secondary practice field. I don't think it is mentioned that the tour includes a 20 minute walk - each way - to and from Nowlans which is slightly closer. In addition, once we were well into the walk to the secondary practice field, our coach got a call that another person was joing us so we had to wait10 more minutes for him to run to where we waited for him on the street.

The only reason I didn't give this "Experience" an even lower rating is because our Coach was a nice young man, who did his best but doesn't have the support of the organization. I complained to the Manager about the soda charges and missing parts of the tour but she told me to call the owner when he is back in town.

My tour should have been called, The Kilkenny Disaster or The Kilkenny Money Grab.
Written September 4, 2016
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Traveloverzz
Singapore, Singapore134 contributions
Family
Sorry to say it, but our family of 4 were let down. First -- we met in a bar, but were not even offered a glass of water. There was one and only one guy with our group (16 people). He was a nice enough young kid, but he didn't even introduce himself, and he gave a really minimal intro to hurling for a couple minutes, then passed out equipment. They had no hurlys (sticks) the right size for our boys, even though they'd had our reservations for a couple months, so the kids had to use stuff too big for them. They provided no helmets, which are standard equipment in hurling. Then he told us we'd have a "brisk 12 or 15 minute walk" to the pitch. Well 25+ minutes later, we finally got there. This seemed like a real bait-and-switch, like they wanted to make the location seem central and convenient, when it's neither. The walk is round-trip of course, so 1/3 of the time was spent just getting to and from the pitch. Once there, there wasn't a lot of instruction, and it was hard to hear the guy on the pitch. Hurling is a great game, and we still had some fun, but this was NOT up to snuff.

By the way, if you pick the meal option, it's just pub grub on your own afterwards, and you'd better like lamb stew, because you can't have anything else from the menu.
Written August 12, 2016
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Andrew Donovan
Guelph, Canada15 contributions
You check-in for the hurling experience at Lanigan's Bar & Hostel, which is in the heart of Kilkenny and brimming with locals and tourists alike. We were greeted by a gentleman named Peter and shortly after arrival (and a drink!), we walked as a group -- of which there were six total -- roughly 20 minutes to the field in which we'd be learning this historic Irish game.

The Ultimate Hurling Experience is for anyone and everyone with basic motor skills, beyond that, regardless of one's physical nature, they will enjoy themselves as they try to conquer passing, walking, running, and shooting in the sport of hurling.

Peter kept the experience light, fun, but also competitive in an enjoyable way for this who wanted a little bit extra from their foray into the sport. The two hours flew by and we felt as though we got great value for our money spent. We had the option, for an extra €5 to eat at Lanigan's afterward. We had places to be, so we didn't take up the offer, but the rest of the group did and I'd highly recommend it if you have the time because you'll be peckish after an afternoon of running around learning a new sport.

If you've any interest at all in learning about Irish sport, history, or experience a piece of the soul of Kilkenny, don't miss this!
Written August 25, 2019
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Claire W
Newton, MA167 contributions
My husband and I and our 19 and 23 year old sons had a great time today learning from Peter about the game of hurling. The group had 5 in total, so we were able to pair up or do some 2 on 2 teams. We purchased our tickets at Lanigan's bar which sponsors the activity and where the activity begins - we had stopped in the day before to learn the time and let them know we would be joining. We had the option to do so with or without food - it seems like a deal to do the tour with food (just €5 additional for 1 of 4 hearty choices). We watched a short video and walked to the field, with Peter answering questions along the way. Once at the field, we spent our time learning the basics of hurling and then got to try out a few things. My family is from the US and didn't know much about hurling, however, we know baseball, tennis, field/ice hockey and have watched lacrosse. Hurling seemed like a little bit of all of that, plus catching the ball (according to rules!). We had a great afternoon. Peter was great at explaining and a wonderfully patient teacher as we all caught on at different speeds. He was also very personable. We got caught up in the excitement around the All-Ireland Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary which is tomorrow (and ended up watching the semi-finals for the Women - Hurling for them is called Camogie - which Kilkenny will also be in. I would highly recommend this.
Written August 17, 2019
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167mutley
Bundaberg, Australia33 contributions
Family
My husband and I and our adult twin daughters participated in The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience on our recent self drive tour of Ireland.

We had planned to do quite a few walks/hikes on the west coast of Ireland so it was great to participate in a different uniquely Irish experience in our travels down the East coast of Ireland.

Apart from a mix up with our booking, which they honoured, we had a very enjoyable afternoon out on field with Andrew. He taught us a few skills of the game. I must admit my daughters and I are not natural athletes and were pretty hopeless but Andrew was very positive and encouraging. As avid followers of sport mainly cricket, rugby and swimming it was very interesting to learn about a sport that is only played in Ireland. Great insights also from Andrew about what it was like to play Hurling as a child right up to present day.

After our time out on the field we enjoyed a very generous served meal at Lanigans Pub and were able to choose any main course on the menu.
Written July 27, 2019
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Corey F
Huntington, NY31 contributions
Family
This is a must-do for any active group or family. Andrew brought us from complete novice to actually playing a game within an hour and a half. We had so much fun. What a unique experience that you won't get anywhere else - you can't - Hurling is only played in Ireland. And the pub food after the experience was fantastic. Probably the best shepherds pie we had in Ireland. Fish and Chips were good too.
Thank you Andrew for a great day!
Written July 25, 2019
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Trekkingwithtristan
Los Angeles, CA7 contributions
Friends
Where I come from Hurling has a different meaning. Whichever version you know, Peter does it. Some say he was born with a stick in his hand, some say he accidentally created the sport when he was trying to brew a new beer born of blood, sweat, and Guinness. I was there when the first sliotar came in to creation- the doctors thought it was the largest kidney stone known to man, but it was just an average Tuesday night for Peter.
Written June 20, 2019
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