Celebrating all things Celtic at the Eugene Irish Cultural Festival

EUGENE, Ore. -- Complete with kilt-clad pipers, hurling matches, cuisine and step dancing performances, Eugene celebrated all things Celtic on Saturday at the 10th annual Irish Cultural Festival. 

While the hundreds of festival-goers explored the various performances, activities and vendors that filled the halls of Sheldon High School, several teams competed in the traditional Gaelic sport of hurling on the sunny Sheldon field.

The object of the over 3,000-year-old game is to hit a small ball called a sliotar in between the opponents goal posts. 

Getting it over the crossbar gets you a point, but Benton Brigade team member Michael McCusker said you really want to make it in the net for three.

“As you can see it is super high energy, very fast, very physical and it takes a lot of skill too. It is kinda that perfect combination of a little bit of everything that attracted me,” McCusker said.

Hurling is played all over the world and teams from Portland, Corvallis and Eugene have recently started a hurling league.

The day was closed out with a performance from the Eugene Highlanders traditional pipeband.