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The Puck of the Irish


Hurling legend, Ger Loughnane, reveals the fascinating Irish links to the Canadian obsession that is ice hockey. Early Irish immigrants created the sport, a game born from hurling, and a sport dear to Ger’s heart. He discovers how hurling evolved into hockey and how the sport the Irish created also helped to establish them in Canadian society. The Famine Irish (1845-1851) started with nothing but success on the ice rink, but that ultimately lead to success in business, employment, politics, etc. The Irish became an integral part of the rapidly growing country. Across the land, Irish teams and players were revered for their skill and tenacity on the ice. The Irish were essential to developing the game that quickly swept the new nation of Canada. Without the Irish influence, Canada would not have the game it loves and enjoys so much today.



Filetype: MP3 - Size: 3.69MB - Duration: 16:08 m (32 kbps 44100 Hz)

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