The over-the-top quote in my preceding post just might have seemed to imply that the Irish game of hurling is a crude affair. But not so– at least when played by a master like Christy Ring, widely considered the greatest hurler of all times. The GAA book of quotations gives him a full chapter– “Christy: One Ring to Rule Them All”:
When I know all about it, then I’ll have to give it up. [ Christy, as quoted by Brendan Fullam in Hurling Giants (1994)]
‘The funny thing about Christy Ring is that the older he got, the better he got. He was better in his latter years than when he started’. [John Doyle, quoted by Colm Keane in A Cut Above the Rest(1999)]
One legend is that he honed his accuracy by shooting a ball from 20 yards at the bell button on the parish priest’s door. Another is that he used to lob a ball into a bucket hanging from a tree 30 or 40 yards away. [Denis Walsh (29 Feb. 2004) ]
‘Sure I didn’t see Jesus Christ either and everyone knows that he was the greatest!’ [Dr. Jim Young, Cork hurler, when asked how he knew that Ring was the greatest when he had never seen him play]
And I guess that last quote would fit my situation too!
There is a statue of Christy Ring in Cloyne, County Cork.