Camogie is now an official protected cultural activity 5 months ago

Camogie is now an official protected cultural activity

Camogie is now an official protected cultural activity.

The Irish women's sport was added to UNESCO's list of protected cultural activities around the world recently, after a lengthy consideration process.

Hurling has also been added to the list.

In a statement, UNESCO said that the games are examples of  "intangible cultural heritage."

"Hurling or camogie is a field game played by two teams which dates back 2,000 years and features strongly in Irish mythology, most notably in the epic saga of Cú Chulainn," it read.

"It is played throughout the island of Ireland, particularly in more fertile agricultural areas, as well as overseas.

"Hurling is considered as an intrinsic part of Irish culture and plays a central role in promoting health and wellbeing, inclusiveness and team spirit."

The GAA has said that this classification will help promote camogie and hurling around the world.

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan said that the decision made today a "red letter day" for Irish sports.

20x20 is an ambitious two-year long initiative to better promote and champion women in sport.

With the tagline of "if she can't see it, she can't be it," the 20x20 movement has three targets to reach by 2020:

  • 20 percent more media coverage of women in sport
  • 20 percent more female participation
  • 20 percent more attendance at women’s competitions and events

And at Maximum Media, we're proud that Her and SportsJOE is backing the 20X20 movement as official digital media partners.