What to do Ireland

What to do Ireland

Sports and games

The sport occupies an even expression of Irish nationalism and has chapters all over the world, wherever Irish communities are found.


Hurling is a genre of field hockey, which deserves the title of the fastest ball game in the world. This sport is practiced at 15 with an ash wood bat, called hurley in English and camán in Gaelic, and a leather ball, the sliotar. The goals consist of rugby posts with a football cage underneath ... amazing! The sliotar must be sent between the posts. Often the bullet goes so fast that it cannot be seen flying.
From May to September, clubs compete to try to reach the final which takes place at Croke Park in Dublin on the 1st Sunday in September. Guaranteed atmosphere. Camogie is the feminine version of hurling.

Gaelic football

Probably the most expensive sport above. The game gains in speed and spectacle. The championship lasts from May to July.


In Ireland, this sport is that of everyone (prèand-putt, a kind of practice golf course limited to 2 movements (pitch, “throw”, and putt, “roll”).

Darts (darts)

You can play individually or in teams. The goal is to start from a given number and get the 1st to 0, each time deducting the points obtained. Each player has 3 darts and tries to place them in the target placed 1,73 m from the ground and located 2,74 m from a line called the hockey line. The sectors are numbered from 1 to 20, apparently out of order; in fact, the higher numbers are framed by the lower numbers. Each dart marks the points corresponding to the point of impact. The outer circle doubles the points, the middle one triples them, the center (bull eye, red or black) is worth 50 points, and the small green circle around 25 points.

Greyhound races

Another must for those who want to approach the Irish soul. Every day (generally in the evening), except sometimes on Sundays, throughout Ireland, on about twenty race tracks. Indescribable atmosphere. The bets are endless and millions of euros change hands every week ....


A hunt on foot ... where the animal is not killed! Can be done in winter. The participants leave behind a pack of beagles (a kind of basset hound), in the footsteps of a hare. The game ends when the animal is cornered. To participate, all you need is a lot of endurance.


In fresh water, you can tease pike, trout or salmon.

Fishing for salmon and sea trout requires a license. For other types of fishing, it depends on the region. The amount requested is quite low.

At sea, you can catch beautiful pollocks, fruit bats, conger eels, ling, as well as rays. Shark fishing is practiced from June to September. Its average weight is 40 to 80 pounds and it can reach 3,50 m in length: in the photo, it still looks good ... even if your merit is less, because this not very smart fish bites everything it meet ! If you want to see sharks, go to Achill Sound in the spring: busy eating smaller fish, they rush into the nets ...

Horse riding

Few countries can boast of having such rich pastures served by a temperate climate so suitable for the beast. And then there is this deep affinity between the Irishman and his mount. You will find a part of the Irish soul on the racetracks, the fairgrounds and the stands of major competitions.

  • See the Cahirmee Horse Fair in County Cork


Nothing like it for yourself, a fleece, as well as 2 pairs of socks for crossing bogs. Bring a compass, because the trail markings, in general, are quite random.

Also consider getting a hiking guide for the area you are interested in and starting out with a 1: 50 Discovery Series map, which features most of the hiking trails.

Ask the local tourist office for information on the condition of the marked trails.
In Ireland, the hiker must have a “mountain” spirit and not a “walker”. The atmospheric conditions of altitude are at least to be doubled: 600 Irish m correspond to more than 1 m in French mountains.

Great hike

Many great hikes (indicated by signs representing a little yellow man, the Walking Man, in the Republic of Ireland as in Northern Ireland) are available to you, 44 in Eire, 13 in Northern Ireland, not to mention Ulster Way (approximately 1 km through the counties of Northern Ireland).

In the Republic of Ireland, their length ranges from 11 km (Nore Valley Park, near Kilkenny) to 214 km (the Kerry Way, planned for 9 days of walking). Most of the routes, however, require several days of walking, and many of them include passages on small roads to be shared with the cars.

In Northern Ireland, the Ulster Way is made up of five sections, themselves subdivided into Quality Sections, of varying length (up to 65 km), linked by Link Sections, which are kinds of routes of secondary interest (often roads).

Short hike

Scenic Walks brochures are available at tourist offices or "re-bags," as the signs indicate.

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