Major Post – to the left of Central Feature – Hurling and Ice Hockey.


The Pilon to the left of the Central feature  will feature the drawing Hurling and Ice Hockey which recognizes the contribution of Ireland’s game of hurling to Canada’s game of Ice Hockey.

Artwork by David Preston Smith of Nova Scotia comemorating the Birth of Ice Hockey in Canada at Long Pond, Windsor, Nova Scotia.

The committee is grateful to Dr. Garth Vaughan of Windsor, Nova Scotia ( now retired and living in Cape Breton Nova Scotia ) for all his help and assistance. See the following links:


In recognition of the long standing and continuing contribution of the Gaelic Athletic Association to Sport in Canada the committee is delighted to provide acknowledgement of the following book by Mr. John O’Flynn, Secretary of the Canadian County Board of the GAA.


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§       References to the Birthplace of Ice Hockey in Canada

  • Since the days of Rás Tailteann and Feiseanna, at Tara in Ireland, Irish games have tended to symbolize the irrepressible nature of Ireland’s spirit. 
  • The Tailteann games were an ancient sporting event held in honour of Queen Tailte.  They ran from 1829 BC to AD 1180 when they died out after the Norman invasion. A sporting festival bearing the same name was held by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in 1924, 1928, and 1932; all people of Irish birth or ancestry participated. The 800m champion in 1928 was Canada’s Phillip Edwards.
  • The history of Gaelic games in Canada, before the founding of the GAA in Ireland in 1884 and in the years since, proves a determination by Irish immigrants who have arrived on those shores of Canada.  Through their dedication the flag of Irish sports has flown strong, and will continue to fly in the years to come.
  • Our elders came from the “Auld Country”of Ireland—rich in heritage and culture— to this “Great White North” of Canada.  They brought the skills, crafts and trades to help build railroads and skyscrapers, construct highways, mine, fish and log.  In addition to the introduction of their cuisine, arts and culture, they played their games in the Canadian mosaic.
  • The sporting traditions include the oldest European field game of hurling– a masterful art and the fastest field game in the world– in which players use an ash wood stick and a hard ball.  Many argue with some conviction, and no small amount of fact to support their case, that Canada’s national winter game, ice hockey, has its origins in hurling.  The word puck is derived from the irish word poc, which is the action of striking the ball with a hurley.
  • In 1845, the civic fathers of Quebec City banned the playing of hurling in their narrow streets, while in St. John’s, Newfoundland, hurling was being played as early as 1788 at the “Barrens” of the city.  The ladies version of hurling, Camogie, has had its presence on occasion in some of our Canadian communities.
  • The skillful play of Gaelic Football, which has dominated the sporting scene across the country in many Canadian cities, continues to be the greatest strength in modern times.  Along with the two other Irish sports of handball and rounders, football has provided many wonderful memories, people and events for our Canadian-Irish sporting community to reflect upon and celebrate.
  • The presence of the GAA in Canada is a validation that a very important part of our cultural legacy lives on in strong, healthy and vibrant fashion.
  • To all those who have made this possible in Canada– the players, their families, the coaches, their clubs and members, the supporters and sponsors– congratulation!  By your efforts, unselfish sacrifices and contributions, you have enriched our Irish presence and sporting cultures a mari usque ad mare  (from sea to sea) across this great country of Canada.
  • The above is an excerpt from the Book “The History of The Gaelic Athletic Association in Canada” by John O’Flynn published by Trafford Publishing ISBN 142516377-7
  • The Ireland Monument – Canada Committee is very grateful for Mr. O’Flynn’s assistance.”
  • Refer  also to the following link at http:// for information regarding the Birthplace of Ice Hockey in Canada at Long Pond Nova Scotia.
  • and to “The Official Encyclopedia of the National Hockey League” regarding the Birthplace of Ice Hockey in Canada.
  • Refer also to “The Puck Starts Here” by Dr. Garth Vaughan. Author: Garth Vaughan Order #: ISBN. – 0-86492-212-4. Publishers: Goose Lane Editions & Four East Publications