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Irish Hurling set to intrigue Sydney in an out-of-Ireland debut at Sydney Showground

Posted on : 08 November 2018

Have you ever seen a hurling match? Well, here is your chance.

For the first time outside Ireland, a full format Hurling match will be played at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park this weekend.

The Magners Sydney Irish Festival is a not-to-be-missed fusion of art, culture, music, dance, food and drink to be held on Sunday 11th of November at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Sunday will feature live music, hurling clinics, face painting and roving entertainment followed by the main event, the first fully sanctioned, competitive hurling match played outside Ireland between 2017 All Ireland Hurling champions, Galway, and 2018 National Hurling League Champions, Kilkenny, in Spotless Stadium.

Festival organiser Paul Sergeant says “Hurling is a fast-paced, physical contact sport dating back to the 7th century.

“The skill of the players is a sight to behold and I’d encourage people to come and witness two of the world’s best teams in action,” he said.

One of Ireland’s national sports, Hurling is played in two, thirty-five minute halves by teams of 15 a side.

Sydney Showground General Manager, Peter Thorpe, says his team has been working closely with Magners Sydney Irish Festival organisers to bring this unique event to life and believes Sydney Showground is the perfect venue to make it happen;

“We have across 20 years demonstrated our ability to provide large-scale events, most recently X Games Sydney, hosting Invictus Games competitors, family and friends and of course each year the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show, ” Mr Thorpe said.

“Sydney has a growing event industry and we believe in bringing innovative events such as the 2018 Magners Sydney Irish Festival to our shores.

“The Sydney Irish Festival is a first for us and a challenge we are very excited about meeting,” Mr Thorpe said.

The multi-award winning Sydney Showground offers patrons easy access to public transport, car parking and movability within the showground.

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For further information, please contact:

Roger White

Manager, Public Relations,

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and Sydney Showground

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Nicola Dalby

Coordinator, Communications

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and Sydney Showground

P: 9704 1401 E:


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