Ireland’s game of hurling could soon become officially recognised on a UN list of cultural treasures from across the world.
The Irish Government have approved plans of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage on the recommendation of Ireland’s Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys.
Minister Heather Humphreys told the Cabinet she believes UNESCO recognition would provide a significant opportunity to showcase the uniqueness of Hurling, Uilleann Piping and Irish Folklore beyond our national boundaries.
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael welcomes the opportunity to have the national game of Hurling nominated for inscription. It is hoped pending the final ratification by the Oireachtas to have hurling considered for inscription on the UNESCO Representative World Heritage List for this March as one of the designated masterpieces of Humanity.
Uachtarán Aogán O Fergháil welcomed the governmental developments coming after much preparatory work from the GAA.
“The GAA is unique amongst world sporting bodies in that it upholds within its constitution a cultural mandate and much social capital will accrue as a result of this in terms of sporting, tourism, curricular and community benefits,” he said.
“UNESCO Heritage Status for Hurling will further facilitate the advent of the qualification known as the Master of Value- Laden Acumen (MVA), which is emerging from the Association’s Games Development Department are an internationally recognised best practice framework for coach/player development & well-being.
“It also provides an excellent opportunity to integrate our unique traditional sports into Ireland’s heritage tourism, which is worth approximately €1.5billion in total to the economy and directly supports 25,000 jobs according to the Economic Value of Ireland’s Historic Environment: Final Report to the Heritage Council, 2011.”