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Hurling and camogie have been recognised as protected cultural activities by UNESCO.
It was announced on Thursday that UNESCO had inscribed hurling on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity because is "an intrinsic part of Irish culture", while camogie has also been given a protected status.
UNESCO describes both games as "a field game played by two teams which dates back 2,000 years and features strongly in Irish mythology, most notably in the epic saga of Cú Chulainn.
"Hurling is considered as an intrinsic part of Irish culture and plays a central role in promoting health and wellbeing, inclusiveness and team spirit. Today, the skills are promoted and transmitted through coaching and games in schools and clubs.
"As the custodians of Hurling, the Gaelic Athletic Association and the Camogie Association, both volunteer-led organizations, play a central role in transmitting the skills and values associated with Hurling."
Welcoming Thursday's announcement, which came after a lengthy process, the GAA said: "The GAA proudly welcome the decision of UNESCO to grant Hurling and Camogie the prestigious status of Intangible Cultural Heritage on our national game and wishes to greatly acknowledge the support of Minister Josepha Madigan T.D. and her officials at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for their support and assistance with this application.
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