A letter in today's Irish Times has reopened a longstanding debate among GAA fans in this country. What do you call that thirty something-inch long piece of ash?

Cork native Ned Monaghan, now living in Connecticut, wrote to the Paper of Record to complain about a recent article that referred to the implement as a hurl. 

"Yet we will all be familiar, I assume, with the words of the song Bould Thady Quill, who as I remember, "Hurled the ball right and left in their faces".

"To do that, he used a hurley, not a hurl. Hurl is a verb, not a noun."

It depends on where in the world you played your hurling, of course, but no harm on seeing where the majority lies...