HistoryThe Decline of HurlingIt is generally accepted that the advent of World War Two led to the demise of hurling as it once again became impossible to import hurleys. Although the potential of sourcing wood from the Delta region north of Buenos Aires was investigated, no suitable substitute could be found to replace the strength and resilience of ash. Arguably, and notwithstanding the impact of the war, the importation of hurleys would have become problematic anyway, as Argentina’s economic policy moved towards import substitution industrialization, or ISI, from the 1940s onwards.
However, there were more important social factors leading to the disappearance of the game. The small numbers playing hurling and the small number of clubs led to an unacceptable level of violence, causing much discord in the community. It was felt by the community leaders and the clergy that the only way to deal with the issue was to put an end to the playing of hurling. From that point on, hurling would only be played as an exhibition game once a year on 25 May, known locally as Revolution of May Day and a public holiday.
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