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Old 22nd July 2019, 11:43 AM   #1
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Hi
Just purchased the attached item (one poor picture at the moment)

it seems to to have tang type attachment of the spear head and a smaller head at the bottom end.

both heads look to have hide or some sort of binding
Getting the item on Saturday but in the interim what have i purchased.


funnily enough (following up on the tread of shipping prices) shipping from one end of ireland to another is free as the auctioneers parents are coming up my way to a hurling match on Saturday, I will give them a bottle of wine for their troubles though

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Old 22nd July 2019, 02:40 PM   #2
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hard to tell from the picture, Any info on the overall length, and close-ups of the head especially where it narrows to the tang would help. The small 'head' at the lower end may just be a ground spike to protect the end and counterbalance the main striking end. given the long exposed tang section, without more info I suspect it's a light throwing spear that could be from anywhere in Africa.

I also gather 'Hurling' is described as Organised warfare with clubs, somewhere between war and murder. The sticks are very close to what the Pacific islanders use for mortal combat. I hear actually hitting the sliotar (ball) is purely coincidental.

A combat related discussion on the subject was posted (by someone close to me) HERE

The gory remains of a Hurling battlefield in Ireland in the 1920's:

The Referees here will give me a yellow card for deviation tho, so I now return us to our normally scheduled topic:
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Old 22nd July 2019, 03:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Kronckew
Hopefully it turns out as something interesting we will see on Saturday cost only a few euro so worth a punt.

Yep You have Hurling summarised perfectly with that picture.
It is a fantastic game to watch and what I love is that the game is so action packed and fast flowing but the fans interact with each other with no aggravation at all (so you can bring the children along to watch) .
for anyone interested here is a good you tube (note: helmets are optional and no other body armour other than a mouth shield)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmzivRetelE
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