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Hurling Experience in Kavanaghs Bar, Freshford, Kilkenny
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Hurling Experience in Kavanaghs Bar, Freshford, Kilkenny

By Hurling Tours Ireland
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At Hurling Tours Ireland, we provide a unique cultural Irish experience for visitors. Established in the home of hurling, Kilkenny, we give guests an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Irish culture, by attempting our most ancient sport, hurling. Hurling is a game steeped in tradition and history, played with a passion and intensity that is unmatched in any other sport. Our hurling experience in Freshford gives visitors the opportunity to experience this sport in a tradional Irish pub in the heart of the village. Here we give visitors a presentation information them of the history and rules of Hurling. We have had visitors from many different nationalities and backgrounds fall in love with Hurling and the culture it creates in Ireland. Visitors from Canada, USA and Australia even promising to join a GAA Club when they return home, it is never too late to try new things and why not the sport that is at the heart of Irish culture and community.
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Ages 1-100, max of 32 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • Use of hurling sticks
  • Use of hurling helmets
  • Use of hurling balls
  • Parking Facilities
  • Toilet Facilities
  • Local Guide
What's not included
  • Private transportation


Start:
  • Apartment 1, Walsh's Apartments, The Square, Freshford Lots, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
    Kavanagh's Bar in Freshford, Co. Kilkenny.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 92345P2

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    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travellers

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    • Hurling Tours Ireland
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    • N9956UPtonym
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      Incredible Experience!
      James and his family’s passion for hurling is infectious! Had a fantastic morning learning about the national sport and having a go at it. Highly recommended!
      Written 20 July 2024
    • Odyssey365428
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      Highly recommend Hurling with James
      Fantastic experience. Our instructor, James, was knowledgeable, experienced, informative and interjected just the right amount of humor allowing all of us to feel comfortable learning a new sport. James’s son was also delightful and helpful. The initial video and discussion about Hurling was perfect. Just the right amount of background before heading to the pitch to learn each Hurling technique. Highly recommend.
      Written 9 July 2024
    • Relax812194
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Grand fun!
      We attended the tour while on a group trip and James was a wonderful coach. This experience is for any ability or age. We learned a lot about hurling!
      Written 3 July 2024
    • mytwins
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Hurling in Kilkenny
      We had a wonderful time with James learning about the sport of hurling and camogie. First he explained the history and how it’s played. Then we went out to the field to try our luck at the sport. It was such a fun experience. I would definitely recommend you take this tour.
      Written 30 June 2024
    • janfX3391BH
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      Try it! You'll like it!
      Thank you, James, for a truly marvelous experience. The slides and historical talk at the beginning were especially helpful. Loved having time to try a few skills ourselves. James is so encouraging no matter what physical condition and skill level you are. Really made it fun! Your lovely assistant Charlie was a real treat too. What a knowledgeable and patient young man. Thank you for this introduction to a sport that was new to me. It feels like a mash up of soccer, baseball, American football and rugby. Brilliant!
      Written 22 June 2024
    • Elevenguage
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Fun!
      A must-do for any visit to Kilkenny! In the land of Hurling, Kilkenny is the epicenter of the sport. James gave us a brief history of the sport and it's rules before leading us out of the locker room to get hands on with some hurls and sliotars. James taught us the basic techniques and after several drills we were ready to take on the world! I'm excited to play some more as soon as the hurls we purchased at the Kilkenny Design Center arrive.
      Written 2 June 2024
    • marybI5159VT
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Hand's-on hurling experience
      Such a fun time! A great hand's-on experience. It would be a really enjoyable for a family activity but we, a couple in our 60's, had a blast too!
      Written 1 June 2024
    • johnlC147DM
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      Learning about Hurling
      We were on a Trafalgar Amazing Ireland tour when we visited Hurling Tours Ireland on 15 May 2024. We knew very little about the sport of hurling but they explained the game and that the players are not paid, also the pride of playing for the team in the county you are born. They then gave us a demonstration and try out. It was a lot of fun and everyone was made welcome to have a go. We enjoyed this and were very impressed with the time these people give to their clubs. Margaret Cameron and John Lee
      Written 28 May 2024
    • coreybT7782BR
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      Best Family Activity in & around Kilkenny!
      Our family of 5 were looking to do something for a change of pace while we were visiting Kilkenny. Setting up the Hurling lesson with James was seamless, he was quick to respond to coordinate. When we met James and his wife we knew it was the best excursion to be had. Our family has a sports background with Lacrosse and hurling seemed to be a fun crossover. The history and meaning of hurling was awesomely explained by James, which was fascinating. Then we headed out to the field where the actual teaching of the technique began. James connected with our 5 yo, 7 yo, 12 yo, and us parents equally! We had such a great time, James even allowed us to borrow the Hurls and sliotors(balls) to play on our own once the lesson was complete. In the end this was one the most memorable times in Ireland. I would say this is a must for anyone that wants to experience the Irish culture and play the National sport with a great, passionate host with a deep appreciation and love for the hurling game, players and history. We will definitely be back!
      Written 28 May 2024
    • LonsdaleTraveller
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      Every traveller to Kilkenny needs this break in their itinerary!
      What a perfect addition to the itinerary - just as I thought the kids had seen as many castles, ruins and museums as they could handle in Ireland, we did this tour and had a blast to break up the history. What a pro - he knew how to handle uncoordinated mothers, hot shot kids and testy teens with patience and skill- this guys gotta have been coaching his whole life. He taught us the fundamental skills of the game and kept us laughing the whole time - if you need any more of a testimonial, the kids bought a Hurley stick and slioter the next day to take home to keep working on their form and as cross training for baseball and hockey back home in Canada. Do not miss it - one of the highlights of our whole trip!
      Written 10 May 2024
    • 732shawns
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      Hurling is such fun!
      This is an amazing experience. All skill levels! James made sure we mastered a few moves. He stops and takes pictures of you. Also movies of your new moves. You get such fun and a lasting memory. Don't hesitate to book this!!
      Written 19 October 2023
    • 469stefaniel
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
      James was an exceptional “coach” and teacher! He was patient and encouraging. We arrived with no hurling experience. James explained key aspects of the game. Demonstrated and taught us techniques and then had us practice these techniques. My husband and I are in our mid/late 40s and believe me when I say “if I can do it then anyone can do it!” A truly unique experience that will be a top highlight of our vacation to Ireland. James also took great photos and videos so we can show our teenagers when we return to the United States. I wish I could give this MORE than 5 stars!
      Written 16 October 2023
    • Meander48434579595
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      Amazing experience!!!!
      We were a group of 43 French students 15-18 yrs old and 4 adult supervisors and we had an amazing experience. Coaches and staff were so attentive and brought lots of fun to this very cultural experience. We also had lunch in the clubhouse. Food and staff were excellent.
      Written 16 October 2023
    • annkW3123QX
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      Kilkenny O’Laughlin Gaels Hurling
      The hurling visit in Kilkenny was so much fun! The Kavanaugh brothers gave our Trafalgar group a lesson in the sport, then we got to go out in the field and “play!” If you get a chance, go for it! It’s the national sport of Ireland, 3000 years old. And still a vibrant sport with an active program for all ages in Kilkenny.
      Written 4 October 2023
    • Z8981QFamyv
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      So much fun! Great family activity!
      Our family (2 adults, 11y old daughter & 9y old son) did a hurling clinic with James & Charlie and had a blast! Good info and instruction at the start and lots of fun on the field! It was great to not just hear about hurling but to actually experience it! Highly recommend this experience.
      Written 9 August 2023
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    Junior
    Ontario, Canada14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just finished doing the tour with Micheal and his son Jamie. This was by far a highlight of my trip. Not only is the sport of hurling amazing(fun and challenging) they were gracious coaches giving my two daughters(8-10) lots of tips and help learning the sport. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Written 7 June 2024
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    Hi Junior Thank you for your very kind review, it is much appreciated. I am delighted you enjoyed the hurling experience and would recommend it. Kind Regards James Kavanagh
    Written 19 June 2024
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    Carrie B
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Family
    Such an awesome experience! Our family loved learning about and experiencing this (new to us) sport. James is such a great coach, is great with the kids, and his knowledge and humor were enlightening. If we ever make it back to Ireland we’ll be doing this again!
    We highly recommend this experience!
    Written 29 March 2024
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    Hi Carrie B Thank you for your very kind review, it is much appreciated. I am delighted you and the family had an amazing experience. If you would like any information about any clubs near you we would gladly look into this, it is truely becoming a global sport!
    Written 4 May 2024
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    Lance H
    Perkasie, PA43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    My husband and I are in our 40's and we had two 21 year old's and an 11 year old with us. We were all able to learn and practice this sport with Jame's instruction. He taught us the history, how to hold the stick, to catch, pass etc. We are all pretty competitive and could appreciate this sport! Great experience and lots of laughs. We recommend this if you want to try something that Ireland really enjoys.
    Written 14 March 2020
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    Thanks for the kind words. James.
    Written 30 May 2022
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    Renee S
    Bigfork, MT28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We are very happy we booked this experience to learn about the ancient sport of hurling and its pervasive role in the community. Additionally, it is always fun to get hands on in a new sport. Definitely recommend. James was both patient and entertaining as our family (all adults, some of us in the senior ranks) practiced ball and hurley basic skills.
    Written 25 September 2023
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    Thank you for your review Renee, you may be needed for the Kilkenny team soon.
    Written 19 October 2023
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    Eric T
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Friends
    We had never heard of hurling prior to our trip to Ireland. What a blast we had. James was a fantastic instructor and our entire group of six was able to enjoy the afternoon. Something totally unique for us and adaptable for all skill levels. Then some Guinness and excellent conversation at Kavanagh's Bar after. What could be better!
    Written 20 September 2023
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    Thank you very much for your kind words Eric, your group was amazing!
    Written 19 October 2023
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    Ambassador137592
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023 • Couples
    James was great. Took the time to make sure we knew the best way to play the game and hit the shots. Very interesting to learn about the history and the importance in present day Ireland
    Written 19 May 2023
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    Thank you for your kind words. It is much appreciated.
    Written 21 May 2023
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    Tom
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    We and especially our kids enjoyed the intro into Hurling a lot. James was a great instructor and even our youngest (7 years) picked it up very fast.
    Highly recommend it to everyone interested in Irish culture / sports.
    Written 4 August 2023
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    Thank you for your kind words, your son may be needed for the kilkenny tem in the future.
    Written 26 September 2023
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    Michael
    Munich, Germany2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great first time experience getting known hurling. James is a great guy who has a great way in introducing people to the sport. we had lots of fun and became fans of Hurling!
    Written 29 June 2024
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    Hi Michael, Thank you for your kind review, it is greatly appreciated. I am delighted to read you enjoyed the experience and became hurling fans, it truely is one of the greatest sports in the world. Kind Regards James Kavanagh
    Written 19 July 2024
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    Rebecca K
    Providence, RI2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2024 • Family
    Listen up. Book this lesson with James. You won't be disappointed. Support a local hurler and a local economy by stopping in this beautiful area. We had a quick history of hurling and went over to a pitch in town two minutes away to learn the art of hurling. While searching for a hurling lesson that would fit into our roadtrip and timeframe I stumbled upon James and don't regret booking with him! I feel the other tours that last 3+ hours are overkill. If you want a taste of it, stretch your legs if roadtripping and enjoy a great lunch in town - BOOK THIS HURLING SESSION! My son who is athletic and played baseball in the states loved getting a grasp of this national sport here in Ireland. James is fun, patient and humorous. Especially appreciated that he remembered to capture some moments for us on my phone. This was a top three favorite thing we did on our roadtrip through Ireland. Thanks for the great memories that day.
    Written 11 June 2024
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    Hi Rebecca K Thank you for your very kind review, it is greatly appreciated. I am particularly delighted you would rank us in your top 3! Hurling is becoming a global sport and I am sure we can find a club close to you if your son wishes to continue the sport. Kind Regards James Kavanagh
    Written 19 June 2024
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    Maryjay60too
    Saint Louis, MO4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Family
    We signed up for a Hurling Experience (we chose the one in Freshford) and it was SO MUCH FUN! It was a very rainy day, and the rest of James’ reservations cancelled, and he tried reaching me to see if we wanted to cancel, but my phone didn’t connect. I’m so glad it didn’t!
    We met James at his family’s bar, where he gave us a presentation on the game, and then he took us to the local pitch, where he taught us the various basic hurling moves. The rain started in earnest, but James was undaunted and we had such a good time - certainly we laughed quite a bit at our general lack of skill! James kept coaching and we were able to “score” (clearly a gimme!)
    This is a PERFECT family activity - from small children, through teens, and even for out-of-shape grandparents (like us!)
    Ten stars out of five!
    If you decide to go, please tell him the folks from St. Louis who played in the rain with him sent you!
    Written 17 May 2024
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    Hi Maryjay60too Thank you for your very kind words, it is much appreciated. I am delighted you had an amazing experience complete with the best Irish weather. I am particularly delighted to hear you describe it as a perfect family activity. Kind Regards James Kavanagh
    Written 19 June 2024
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