November 25, 2020
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Hurl or hurley? Kilkenny gives an emphatic response!

Is it a hurley or a hurl? After a serious week of campaigning by All-Stars Lee Chin and Séamus Callanan and over 25,000 votes, the results are in.

And it appears – a bit like the US presidential election – the country is split down the middle when it comes to this sporting issue.

In Kilkenny there wasn’t much argument, with an overwhelming 94% going for ‘Hurl’.

Overall, however, hurley edged hurl by 52% to 48%. But outside of Munster, only Sligo, Donegal, Louth and Monaghan voted in favour of it.

This means 22 of the country’s 32 counties including Kilkenny are now officially recognised as ‘hurl counties’.

The public vote was hosted by HurlvHurley.com, set up by NOW TV as part of their coverage of the 2020 hurling championship.

Cork proved to be the biggest “Hurley” stronghold with 97% of the 4,371 votes from the Rebel County voting in its favour.

On the other side, our neighbours in Wexford were the biggest “Hurl” county with 98% of 1,926 voters choosing it.

When only counting counties who compete for the Liam McCarthy Cup ‘Hurley’ had an even bigger edge, winning by 56% to 44% in the hurling heartlands.



Hurl Vs Hurley: How the country voted

Hurl Votes %

Hurley Votes %

Antrim

53

47

Armagh

60

40

Carlow

93

7

Cavan

51

49

Clare

7

93

Cork

3

97

Derry

89

11

Donegal

44

56

Down

76

24

Dublin

81

19

Fermanagh

55

45

Galway

92

8

Kerry

11

89

Kildare

77

23

Kilkenny

94

6

Laois

95

5

Leitrim

60

40

Limerick

5

95

Longford

63

37

Louth

27

73

Mayo

54

46

Meath

69

31

Monaghan

43

57

Offaly

94

6

Roscommon

75

25

Sligo

38

62

Tipperary

9

91

Tyrone

63

37

Waterford

6

94

Westmeath

87

13

Wexford

98

2

Wicklow

89

11


Total number of votes: 25,294

Breakdown (Hurl v Hurley)

Votes for Hurley: 13,210

Votes for Hurl: 12,084

Top 10 counties (number of votes)

1. Cork: 4,371

2. Tipperary: 2,887

3. Kilkenny: 2,353

4. Dublin: 2,071

5. Wexford: 1,926

6. Galway: 1,496

7. Limerick: 1,393

8. Antrim: 1,376

9. Kerry: 849

10. Clare: 922

 

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