A group of French schoolchildren are in Ireland to play two hurling matches in Kilfinane, County Limerick.

For the past year a group of students aged from nine to 11 from the Livry-Gargan suburb of Paris have been learning the art of hurling. A group of 23 French hurlers, accompanied by five adults, are in Ireland to play two matches against local opposition in Kilfinane, County Limerick. The visitors are also sampling the cultural side of Irish life.

Jane Nagle of Kilfinane Education Centre explains that the introduction of hurling to schools in Paris is down to former hockey international Jacques Legarlantezeck. He was inspired by a television programme about hurling, presented by a native of Spiddal in County Galway,

So it was from Spiddal that the hurleys actually came to Paris.

French hurling skills are put to the test by a group of children from the Kilfinane Club.

The match was as tough and as well supported as any league game.

Michael Fitzgerald of the Limerick County Board is impressed by the French team,

They’re quite good actually by any standards.

In fifteen years time he believes,

We could have a team from Paris playing in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.

Before returning to Paris the French hurlers visit tourist attractions such as the Rock of Cashel, Mitchelstown Caves, the Burren and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 April 1992. The reporter is Gerry Reynolds.