Skirmish an American game of war comes to the Wicklow hills.

The war game called 'Skirmish' has a special appeal to a special section of society. According to Denis Sullivan who owns the Irish franchise of the American game, the game appeals to yuppies, business people who are tied up in offices all day and want to let off steam in the Wicklow woods. 

Camouflaged clad figures slide through the undergrowth. It's kill or be killed.

The game claims to offer the adrenaline of war without the horror. The game involves two teams battling it out. Each teams has a base camp and the objective is to capture the other's flag requiring tactics and pellet firing guns. 

When you're marked your dead but even on skin at close range, the guns can't hurt.

Denis Sullivan describes the mark that a pellet might leave on bare skin as similar to a love bite.

Personal details of all players are passed on to the Gardaí in advance of a game in an effort to avoid any paramilitary interest. 

Businesses are attracted to Skirmish by the potential to highlight leadership within a team. 

For most of the players however it's just good fun. An excuse to return to the games of childhood.

While players enjoy the game of war, they are in no hurry to get involved in the real thing. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 May 1989. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.