Ireland importing wood for hurleys

Makers are now importing almost half of the ash needed to produce the 250,000 hurleys sold annually in Ireland, mostly from Scotland and Wales. A big increase in the sport’s popularity over recent years means demand for sticks now far outstrips the supply. More in the subscription only Irish Post.

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