All Ireland Hurling Final Day 2004

On the 15th of August I travelled to Dublin by train to see Cork take on Wexford in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final. Cork produced a flawless dispaly and trashed Wexford.

Hurling is a game similar to hockey, in that it is played with a small ball and a curved wooden stick. It is Europe’s oldest field game. When the Celts came to Ireland as the last ice age was receding, they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes. One of these pastimes was a game now called hurling. It features in Irish folklore to illustrate the deeds of heroic mystical figures and it is chronicled as a distinct Irish pastime for at least 2,000 years.

The Dublin Spire

Taken of the 15th of August 2004

The Dublin Spire was the winning entry in an architectural competition to provide a replacement for Nelson’s Pillar which was blown up in 1966 by the IRA. After a planning appeal and a High Court case, the Spire finally got the go ahead. It was erected between December 2002 and January 2003 to great public excitement. The Dublin Spire is one hundred and twenty metres tall, making it by far the tallest structure in Dublin city centre.

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Murphy’s Irish Stout

Taken of the 15th of August 2004

This was a flag belonging to my sister who was at the match. Cork fans use flags that have connections to Cork. Murphy’s Brewery was founded by James J. Murphy in Cork, Ireland in 1856. Since then, the brewery has been using the finest ingredients and traditional skills to produce great Irish beers. I fell if drank in the right pubs, its better than Guinness.

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Croke Park Stadium – Ireland

Taken on the 15th of August 2004

Croke Park Panoramic shot. I sticted 6 shots together to give you a better view of this great national stadium. You need to click on in to see it fully. Its going to look VERY silly otherwise.

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Related Websites for this post

CROKE PARKE Online. Website for the National Stadium.

GAA.IE ONLINE. The official GAA Site. All you need.

REBEL GAA.COM. Cork GAA fan site.



AN FEAR RUA GAA Site. Fan site.

Murphy’s Irish Stout. Irish Stout at its best.. and made in Cork.

Check out the sites if your interested. Rebel GAA has excellent fan forums. Tickets were 40 Euro to the Canal end and approx 64,000 people attended the match. Its a great stadium and the views from the canal were excellent. Now a world-class stadium, Croke Park is the largest stadium in Ireland and the fourth largest stadium in Europe.

It was a long day. We left at 8.15am to get the train and arrived home around 10.00pm.

17th of August, 2004

I was down to a local Reaping demonstarion last week. Just a half a dozen enthusists cutting a 1/2 acre of wheat the whole fashioned awy. It was very enjoyable.

Early reaping was all done by hand. Reaping is the cutting of the grain. In Egypt a flint blade was used to cut the wheat. In Europe the scythe had been introduced by the Romans. Yet the Europeans continued to use the sickle until limited labor forced them to use the more efficient scythe. By hand a worker could cut about 0.3 acres in a day. An experiment with an old sickle harvested 6.25 pounds in one hour and was two pounds after being threshed. After being cut the stalks were tied into bundles and then let to dry. After drying the wheat would be threshed and winnowed. The first evidence of a machine reaper come from the Gauls in Europe.

The Cradlers allowed the the cutter to deposit the shafts in a pile after the swing. They could mow 1.5 to 3 acres in a day.

Later, labor shortage, both in Europe and especially in the Western United States, spurred the farmer on to find new and more efficient ways to harvest his crop. (17F, pg. 53) The first successful reaper was created by Rev. Patrick Bell in the early 1800’s. In this design the reaper was pushed by horses with the shears cutting the wheat in front. (14F) The Bell reaper could cut ten acres a day and needed sharpening after fifty acres.

One of the largest used early reapers was one made by the McCormack company. The McCormack reaper was widely used and accepted in United States and England. The rest of Europe was much slower to adopt the new technology. In 1890 only one tenth of France or Germany had adopted the use of the reaper in their fields.(17F 54) The reaper would cut the stalks where they would lie in the fields until they were manually pick up. Later a board was added behind the blades and a man would push the stalks off into piles.

More information can be found here and here.

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Old Fashioned Binding with an 1948 John Deere Tractor – Cork – Ireland (12-08-2004)

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Old Fashioned Binding with an 1948 John Deere Tractor – Cork – Ireland (12-08-2004)