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Man beaten with putter after asking to play through foursome



If you were truly insensitive, you might say Kickingbird Golf Course ought to be called Hittinghuman…as in whacking your fellow man in the head with a putter.

Yes, folks, that’s exactly what happened at an Edmond golf course, according to Oklahoma News 4. 

Following in the footsteps of recent golf etiquette debates that have turned violent, it sounds like things got violent when a single asked to play through a foursome.

Now, before laying out the details, here’s a question: Is it ever appropriate for a foursome not to let a single play through? Have you ever encountered a situation on course where said solo player shouldn’t be waved on?

Anyway, the 55-year-old victim, claims he approached the foursome about playing through. 67-year-old Eddie Aday, a member of the group, essentially told him no, and apparently to bolster his authority, told the victim he was a volunteer at the golf course.

The victim said he didn’t care, and Aday didn’t take this well, getting “nose to nose” with the victim. With Aday refusing to get out of the victim’s face, the victim shoved Aday away.

“It escalated to the point that the victim was being hit in the head with a putter and the top of his head and the front of the head, and then another member of that foursome hit him from behind,” said Jenny Wagnon of the Edmond Police Department.

Eventually, another member of the group broke up the fight. The two suspects who allegedly hit the victim claim it was the victim who was the aggressor, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

And lest we think these are merely geriatrics tapping one another with golf clubs: The victim needed three staples and 10 stitches to close his wounds.

Both suspects are now charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

How could it ever have been appropriate not to let the golfer play through? And regardless of what the victim may have said, hitting him in the head with a putter? Ego bruising because he didn’t recognize your primacy as an off-duty ranger at the course? Come on.

While the Rules of Golf are important, incidents like this show how abiding by the unwritten rules of decency on course are even more vital.

(featured image credit Oklahoma News 4)

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  1. Midwest Blade

    Jun 6, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    If the hole in front was open they should have let the victim play through but fully agree if the course is full ahead better just to have some patience. The golf course should never have let out a single if the course was busy, match him up or if need be send him out as a fifth with some group.

    These guys look like a couple of “Trumpers” thought I saw them standing behind the podium at one of the rallies.

    Golf does not need idiots like these two.

    • Jamie

      Jun 6, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      It was a Tuesday at Noon. Open course. Politics have nothing to do with manners. But since you invoked the idea, Trumpers, Clintonites, and everybody else who derives their self-worth from politics are all useless eaters.

    • Bradley Read

      Jun 6, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Hey dude…don’t bring your liberal politics into it unless you want your punk a$$ beaten will all 14 of my clubs.

    • Geohogan

      Jun 7, 2018 at 10:48 am

      The Neanderthal genome offers further evidence that this ancient hominid species mated and interbred with the ancestors of modern humans.

      These guys look like a couple of “Trumpers” thought I saw them standing behind the podium at one of the rallies.

      Golf does not need idiots like these …..SO CORRECT

      • bruce

        Jun 7, 2018 at 3:50 pm

        Deplorable troglodites? Not like polite handsome Hillary miscreants!

    • Geohogan

      Jun 7, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      Eddie just out ‘clubbing’, like all good Neanderthal.

  2. Bob Jones

    Jun 6, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Sometimes it’s just easier for a single to walk ahead and skip a hole if the course is open. You don’t need anyone’s permission to do that.

    • bruce

      Jun 7, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Absolutely correct and the only polite etiquette. Skip the hole.

  3. Leo Nicole

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Answer to your question: It is appropriate for a foursome not to let a single play through when the course is full. If all the singles on a full course play through, it would slow things down terribly.
    You write “evidence suggests otherwise,” but don’t provide the evidence. That’s bad reporting.
    You ask twice how it could it ever be appropriate not to let a golfer play through. That’s bad writing.
    You write the volunteer was an off-duty ranger at the course. You are wrong.

    • bill_ig

      Jun 6, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      From the linked article published by OK News 4:
      “Both suspects claim the victim initiated the attack and that the two men were ‘jousting back and forth,’ but police say based on the victim’s injuries and other evidence collected during their investigation, they don’t believe that’s true.”

      The GolfWrx author accurately provided the gist of the original report.

  4. moe

    Jun 6, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Many years ago, when I joined a golf club, part of your fees went to providing you with a Golf rules book. You were expected to read and comply with the rules, definitions and etiquette sections. Time was that a single had no standing on the course, but that has been revised. Many older golfers no longer play by the rules and my current club doesn’t bother handing out rule books. Subsequently, many people are out on the course with no clue as to the proper behavior or the rules. I find this very frustrating.
    The guys involved in this incident remind me of many of the retired players I find myself playing with now…. they don’t care about anything or anyone else.

  5. Nigel

    Jun 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    So who beat who? I’m guessing the cop looking guy on the left was beaten by the trailer park alcoholic looking guy on the right that appears to have ridden a motorcycle backward to that photo shoot.

  6. Doug

    Jun 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I make it a point to address the situation with the party behind me. If we are a twosome or threesome and caught up with the group in front, I offer to let the single join our group. If there is a clear hole in front I offer to let the single play through and be as friendly and encouraging as possible. If you are proactive and friendly about doing the right thing, there won’t be many problems. As for my own group, I have no trouble telling playing partners to be more efficient with their behavior so we can pick up the pace.

  7. Jamie

    Jun 6, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Happened on Tuesday, May 8th, Noonish. Course was wide open.

    • Jamie

      Jun 6, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      No defense for the opiod-fueled Boomer with a weapon or the coward mutt Boomer who attacked from behind.

  8. Nigel

    Jun 6, 2018 at 12:56 pm


  9. Greg

    Jun 6, 2018 at 11:26 am

    If a solo is playing during a low volume/traffic time of day with very few groups on the course there is no reason why he/she should not be allowed to play through – absolutely. However, if he/she is playing on a weekday or weekend morning with a full tee sheet and the golfer demands to play solo, the starter should make him/her aware that groups ahead of him/her are NOT required to wave him/her through. The reason for this is that it will in the long run slow play up for all the groups ahead of him, the only group that will actually play faster is the solo. In this instance the solo cannot and should not expect to just plow through all the groups ahead of him just because he is playing solo – that is NOT how it works when the course is packed. A good starter will ensure that the solo be hooked up and join an existing group that is preparing to tee off the first hole.

    • Tom

      Jun 6, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      In general, singles have no standing. That said, courtesy is another thing.

    • moe

      Jun 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Read the etiquette section of the rules book; specifically pace of play. “…Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster-moving group to play through” A group includes a single. I have been forced into playing alone and waiting all day long including arriving at the tee before the group ahead has teed off and not been invited to play through….while I was riding in a power cart and they were waling!!!

  10. Chisag

    Jun 6, 2018 at 11:23 am

    I play as a single quite often because of my schedule. I expect 2/3/4somes to let me play thru if the holes are empty in front of them. If there are groups in front of them I do not ask and just hang back. If they offer to let me play thru, I thank them and decline because I am going to be in the same position in front of them as I was behind them.

    • Greg

      Jun 6, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Unfortunately, not enough solo and twosomes understand the situation you just described. You explained it perfectly.

    • Ralph

      Jun 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      I concur and appreciate your comment. IF there is an open hole in front of a foursome it may well be that the foresome is not maintaining their rate of play. Nonetheless, having said this, foursomes do have the right to refuse, etiquette aside.

    • frank cichon

      Jun 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      That is what I do.

  11. fastfade

    Jun 6, 2018 at 8:26 am

    what’s so wrong with just letting him play thru. or go around? much easier & faster for all concerned. well, unless your a volunteer or some kind of idiot.

  12. ogo

    Jun 6, 2018 at 1:53 am

    A solo golfer should not be on the course if it’s full of two/foursomes. The lone golfer should only be on the course during twilight golf during low traffic and not expect to play 18 consecutive holes should he bump up against a group. He should stay behind or just walk past the group and skip the hole.

    • The dude

      Jun 6, 2018 at 2:35 am


    • henry

      Jun 6, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Youre talking as though playing solo is ones own fault. The starter makes the choice to send a solo out or not. Get a grip.

      • ogo

        Jun 6, 2018 at 3:55 pm

        Then the starter is wrong to inject a lone golfer between groups. If the lone golfer is playing during twilight golf then he should just skip the busy hole because it’s very rude to slow down a foursome. Play solo golf when the course is near empty.

  13. Lee

    Jun 6, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I’ve actually seen it expressly written that playing through is not allowed on weekends because the course is already backed up as it is.

    • steve

      Jun 7, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      That sounds like a whole different problem. Stop trying to jam so many golfers on the course at the same time. And they say golf is dying.


    Jun 5, 2018 at 11:57 pm


  15. JB

    Jun 5, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Normally the group up front would get the hint but like a slow guy In the fast lane who can’t seem to go with the program I’d just press the pedals some more and hope they’d move to the side. The d-bag in me says to Maybe launch a few “from the trees” and “apologize.” Or wait for that one blind hole and launch a drive over their heads. After all its easier to apologize than it is to ask for permission now a days. I think I still have the fog horn somewhere in my bag….hmmm

  16. J

    Jun 5, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I look forward to the day when someone takes a swing at me with a putter… I’ve been involved in some heated on course shenanigans before but few people actually have the guts to throw down. People should be more careful.. Give someone a green light to swing away and you might just get lit up.

    • DD Dillard

      Jun 6, 2018 at 11:03 am

      What is wrong with you/

    • Law Prof

      Jun 7, 2018 at 12:53 am

      Maybe you need to find a new hobby there, sport, if you’ve “been involved in some heated on course shenanigans” and “look forward to the day” when you can “throw down”. Actually, my guess is you’re either 135 lbs dripping wet or 60 lbs overweight with flabby arms and couldn’t successfully “throw down” with my wife.

  17. Bruce Ferguson

    Jun 5, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    If they denied me playing through, and no one was behind me, I’d just turn it into a practice round. Tee off two or three balls and play ’em. If they see you doing that behind them, you’ve bruised their ego as much as asking to play through.

    • Justin

      Jun 5, 2018 at 10:35 pm


    • The dude

      Jun 6, 2018 at 2:38 am

      …ya because that’s his goal…to bruise someone’s ego……really dumb comment

    • Tom

      Jun 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Most clubs/courses do not allow practicing on the course.

  18. GolfDonkey

    Jun 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I suppose it’s a good thing the putter was face balanced; a 4:30 toe hang would have been gross.

  19. WestPhi

    Jun 5, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I’m finding more and more trashy people on courses these days, who know nothing about how to play the game, the etiquette, and think that just because they are playing golf they are somehow magically better people than they really are…Golf courses should require an etiquette class in order to play.

    • Boyo

      Jun 7, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Same types who could be bothered to fix a ball mark, rake a bunker, or replace a divot.

    • frank cichon

      Jun 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      They have it right in Europe…you need to have a card to play full length golf courses. Same as driving a car…we are getting more roundabouts in the Vancouver BC are and most people have not got a clue what to do when entering one. Some roundabouts in Europe make our small ones in Vancouver look like pitch n putt courses compared to to a 7400 yard US Open course.

  20. CW

    Jun 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Angry white old men with nothing better to do than not to understand golf rules.
    If you dont let faster players play through,you should be kicked out of both the course and golf club because you are NOT a real golfer..

  21. Bill

    Jun 5, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    What idiots !
    One’d think they’ve had enough life experience to know what’s right from wrong ?
    Right or wrong, noting is worth hurting somebody, losers in life !

    • Raven

      Jun 6, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Idiots for sure – the putter is the most sacred tool in the bag. A 6 or 7 iron gets a good combo of swing speed and maneuverability, while a wedge or utility club might be easier to replace if the irons are part of an old set. Joking aside, there is rarely an excuse for this kind of behaviour.

  22. Law Prof

    Jun 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I once was playing behind a foursome of rank beginners, based on the swings and results, not one could break 120. Walked up behind them and mildly asked “Mind if I play through?’ A couple of them huffed and puffed and really bristled, thought there might be a confrontation, but they finally said “Well…OK!” Figured they were such newbies, they had no idea this was common courtesy and I wasn’t trying to insult them necessarily, just trying to play my round (on a day the course was fairly empty) in less than six or seven hours. Bombed my best drive of the day (I usually dub the ball when playing through, don’t we all?) and moved on so fast they had no time to think more of it.

  23. Law Prof

    Jun 5, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    This is a clueless course ranger indeed. Seems like this is precisely the sort of thing a ranger’s for: to remind a foursome that yes, of course they should wave the single through to keep play moving along. Kind of unclear on the concept.

  24. BW

    Jun 5, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Boomers of course.

  25. Dave

    Jun 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Golfers, just like many others, are jerks. I’ve seen many rude and ugly situations, regarding singles on a golf course. At my dying club, years ago, on weekend and holiday mornings, the chosen wanted no one on the course until they were done.

    I personally witnessed a few outbursts, which almost ended in disaster.

    Which is is why my club is near death.

  26. Lovejoy

    Jun 5, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Was it a ‘foursome’ or as seems more likely a ‘fourball’?

    In either event the article is nothing but sanctimonious claptrap.

  27. JR

    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    people are getting emboldened to do whatever they want with the current administration setting the example.

    • Dave

      Jun 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      idiotic comment

      • Mark

        Jun 5, 2018 at 1:48 pm


      • Justin

        Jun 5, 2018 at 10:43 pm

        I agree Dave – but only if he is referring to the insecure narcissistic sociopath and all of his cronies who are currently residing in our nation’s white house. In that case, the use of ‘administration’ in reference to him and them would clearly be an oxymoron.

        • blue steel

          Jun 6, 2018 at 11:14 am

          You are correct on all accounts. That being said. STILL BETTER THAN HILLARY

    • Don Dust

      Jun 5, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      maybe the guy using the putter can go to white house in place of the eagles. They only like winners there 😛

  28. Tom B

    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    There is a time when it’s appropriate not to let a single play through… When the course is backed up, and you’re already waiting on a group (or multiple groups in front of you).

    • broseph

      Jun 5, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Was going to say this also

      • steve

        Jun 5, 2018 at 9:04 pm

        thats very true. I asked a foursome to go through and they were already backed up. i assessed the situation and agreed not to go though. however, there were no mention of this in this article and whatever was the situation, hitting and hurting someone is stupid and best way to end up in jail and waste whole lot of money for lawyers.

  29. 2putttom

    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    this could well be side affects from abuse of nugenix . …. lol

  30. James

    Jun 5, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Add it to the list of why golf is dying. Just kick the bucket worthless Boomers who are devolving into children.

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I wasn’t ready for the 2019 Rules of Golf



We weren’t ready. We thought we were, but we weren’t.

For the last year, the USGA reminded us that in 2019 Rules of Golf were coming, but we didn’t listen. We heard the flag stick could remain in and we heard that you could take a penalty drop from knee-height.

But we didn’t listen.

I bet none of you have even practiced using your putter to flatten the entire green between your ball and the cup. You can do that now.

I’m also sure that you and I will continue to hover our club in all hazards, er, penalty areas. Yeah, we’re calling it a penalty area now.

The USGA went to the extreme depths of changing words all to simplify the game for you.

I don’t think the USGA listened either.

The rule changes were intended to speed up play and simplify golf for amateurs. Seems like a good idea. In turn, they may have bamboozled the PGA Tour while confusing the only amateurs who kind-of, sort-of knew the rules.

The pros didn’t need a new rule book, the amateurs just needed a simple one.

Us “locals” as the USGA refers to amateurs, do have one extremely fluid perk. When hitting a ball OB, or following a lost ball, you can drop with a two-stroke penalty instead of walking back to the tee. This of course, is dependent on your course, head professional, tournament conditions, and other factors including and not limited to what phase the moon is in.

If that’s somewhat confusing, read up, ask about your local rules, and buy a few extra sleeves. Reason being, in 2019, the limit on searching for a golf ball has been cut from five to three minutes.


But wait, there’s good news.

Thanks to the USGA, if you accidentally move your ball as you frantically high-step through fescue, it’s no longer a penalty! What an exciting 180 seconds that will be!

If you somehow don’t find your golf ball in the hazard penalty area, the USGA tried to help us out, which they did, yet regrettably took away a more iconic portrait on the golf course.

The rigid, stoic stance and forceful drop of a ball at shoulder-height.

And we let it happen.

Now, we’ll watch a defeated man deliberately bend to his knees and gingerly drop his ball…Which, by the way, appears to be a convenient way for cheaters to “take a drop” that ideally doubles as “identifying my first ball”.

Don’t even get me started on the back issues this could flare up.

We heard in late 2018 that Bryson DeChambeau would use the flagstick when the odds were in his favor. He even laid it out simply for us.

“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick.”


We didn’t listen Bryson, we didn’t believe. We also have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about.

But hey, as Bryson would say, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Yeah, he’d clearly never say that, but here’s to hoping!

We heard he would do it, but we didn’t believe it. We had to see to believe. What we saw was DeChambeau first in strokes gained putting in the very first round he was allowed to do it.

Obviously, this trend will continue for DeChambeau, and others may join in, because what is golf if not a constant chase for a marginally better opportunity at success.

Watch your back, because those others that may join in could be closer than you think. You may turn around to find a fellow member asking for the flag on their next 12-footer.

It should be a fun year of commentary and confusion at your local club and on the PGA tour. Professionals will have constant questions for rules officials, and commentators will consistently question Bryson’s methods.

There is one real question I hope is answered this April.

What will we do when Bryson banks in a downhill putt at No. 2 of Augusta?

Will we be ready? Will Augusta?

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Tweets of the Week: Justin Rose shows off his Honma clubs, Justin Timberlake does Happy Gilmore and Barack Obama’s new swing




Over the last seven days, Matt Kuchar brought home the bacon at the Sony Open, while golf fans got a look at plenty of new equipment releases for 2019. But here’s some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere in the last week.

Justin Timberlake’s Draw

Ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, and he can hit a perfect draw Happy Gilmore style. Bit annoying.

Rose Showcases His New Honma Clubs

Still waiting to make his first start of 2019, the World Number 1 is ready to go as a member of Team Honma.

Chez Reavie Goes Bananas

In case you missed it, Chez Reavie became the first player since the PGA Tour began keeping records to make three eagles on three par 4’s in a single round. The fact that he holed out each one from the fairway is quite incredible.

Obama’s New Swing

Barack Obama has had a bit more free time over the past couple of years, since, well you know, he’s not running the country anymore. How do you rate his swing, GolfWRXers?

Double Hit Rule

This video has caused much confusion over the past week on social media. The double hit rule may have changed in 2019, but this attempt is still illegal. Impressive either way you look at it though.



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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 4. Bearna Golf Club, Galway



In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part Three of our Exploring Ireland Series, we went west and focused on Spanish Point Golf Club in Clare. Now it’s time for Part Four, and we’re staying on the west coast and taking the short trip up to County Galway.

Galway city is famous for its bustling nightlife, and in terms of bars to choose from, there are few better places in Ireland. Whether it’s a quiet night out and a meal, enjoying a few pints with some live traditional music, or a wild all-nighter you’re looking for, Galway certainly has you covered. Conveniently, the city also homes some top golf courses, which makes it a must-visit destination for anyone coming to this island.

Bearna Golf Club, Galway


Galway Golf Club and Galway Bay Golf Resort are usually the two golf courses that people think of when they mention this county. But lurking under the radar is Bearna Golf Club, which will provide you with just as incredible an experience as those two courses, at a lower price.

Located within a 15-minute drive of Galway City, Bearna GC offers an authentic Irish golfing experience. Surrounded by bogland, you can expect your nose to take in all of the scents of Ireland as you navigate your way through the rugged land of humps, gorse bushes and ditches that will give your game a real workout.


Creeks will appear on most fairways, so don’t expect to be able to turn up and grip it and rip it. Bearna is a golf course that is going to make you think, and with the challenges provided, will most likely test your patience as well as your skill.

The track offers five different sets of tees, all of which provide for a fun test. The course ranges between 4,897 yards and 6,271 yards and plays as either a Par 72 or 71 depending on the tees you choose. Thirteen holes feature water, and the one relief that you will find here that is different than other courses in the area is the lack of fairway bunkers.


Robert J. Browne designed the course back in 1996, and as well as the feeling you will have of being amongst nature, you will also have impressive views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the famous Burren.

During the week, 18 holes around Bearna GC will set you back just under $50, while to play on the weekend the rate rises to $75. Don’t be surprised if after your round you want another crack at this deceptive course.

Food & Drink – Tig Coili, Galway


There is no “best pub in Galway.” The city has an inordinate amount of amazing watering holes to spend your night, and it just comes down to personal taste and what experience you are looking to have for your night. As someone who loves the feel of an old traditional Irish pub though, Tig Coili gets my vote.


Located in the Latin Quarter of Galway City, this place will often have swarms of people flooding out from the bar onto the street. Traditional music plays here every night, with 14 music sessions each week. The pub prides itself on its music, with pictures of famous musicians that have played here in the past covering the walls.

Also, Tig Coili’s pint of Guinness is renowned for being one of the best in the area, and it’s what 90 percent of folks will be drinking for the night here.


As for food in Galway, it can only be oysters. Described by multiple top chefs as the “best flavoured in the world,” the oysters here come from Galway Bay and are so popular in the city that should you visit here in September you can enjoy Galway’s three day Oyster festival.

You can hop into most bars in Galway serving food and throw back half a dozen oysters, but if you want to experience them for a sit-down meal then go and visit Oscars Seafood Bistro, where the flavour will blow your socks off. An early bird two-course meal of half a dozen oysters and a plate of steaming hot mussels with fries will cost just $20. The perfect drink pairing for oysters? Guinness. Ideal.

Where To Stay

My recommendation is to stay in the center of Galway. We’ve gone traditional in our visits to Donegal and Clare, but for Galway, the city is so alive that you will want to stay right in the heart of it. The Jury’s Inn is a solid option, which will leave you within walking distance of the best bars, restaurants and sights to see in the city. A double room here will set you back in the region of $100 a night.


If you like to shop then visit Quay Street, where you can take in the shops while plenty of buskers on the street entertain you, while the bronze statue of Irish writer Oscar Wilde and Estonian writer Eduard Vilde is an imposing outdoor sight that is a trendy spot for a photo.


But as we’re sports lovers, then when in Galway do whatever you can to catch a game of hurling. Galway’s hurling side are currently one of the best teams in the land, winning the All-Ireland title in 2017, and they possess some of the most passionate fans. Just try not to mention the last final when you get here.

How to Get There

Galway is about as accessible as it gets from anywhere in the island. You can take the train from any major city in Ireland, and it’ll take you right into the city center of Galway. A direct train from Dublin City will arrive in Galway in just over two hours.

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