Camogie

Camogie (/kəˈmɡi/ kə-MOH-ghee; Irish: camógaíocht [kəˈmˠoːɡiːxt̪ˠ]) is an Irish stick-and-ball team sport played by women. Camogie is played by 100,000 women in Ireland and worldwide, largely among Irish communities.[1][2]

Camogie
Garda vs Defence Forces camogie match in 2012
Highest governing bodyCamogie Association
First playedIreland
Registered playersOver 100,000
Clubs536
Characteristics
ContactContact
Team members15 player per side,
substitutes are permitted
Mixed genderThere is a mixed gender/sex version of Camogie. Hurling is the male counterpart of Camogie
Equipment
  • Sliotar (ball)
  • Hurley/camán (stick)
  • Helmet
  • Shin guards

A variant of the game of hurling (which is played by men only), it is organised by the Dublin-based Camogie Association or An Cumann Camógaíochta.[3][4] The annual All Ireland Camogie Championship has a record attendance of 33,154,[5] while average attendances in recent years are in the region of 15,000 to 18,000. The final is broadcast live, with a TV audience of as many as over 300,000 being claimed.[6]

UNESCO lists Camogie as an element of Intangible Cultural Heritage.[7] The game is referenced in Waiting for Godot by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett.