International Rules Hurling-Shinty | Ireland v Scotland 2016-2018


Ireland v Scotland 2016-2018

DateLocationHome Away 
22.10.16Bught ParkScotland0-14 (14)Ireland0-5 (5)
21.10.17Bught ParkScotland2-12 (18)Ireland0-15 (15)
20.10.18Bught ParkScotland1-11 (14)Ireland1-9 (12)



Bught ParkInverness, Highlands, Scotland
Croke ParkDublin, Ireland
Cusack ParkEnnis, Co. Clare, Ireland
Pairc EslerNewry, Co. Down, Ireland
Fort WilliamHighlands, Scotland
AthyCo. Kildare, Ireland
RatoathCo. Meath, Ireland


Shinty is very similar to Hurling and the two games would have the same Gaelic Celtic origin with Shinty most popular in Gaelic Scots part of Scotland, particularly the Highlands. The game, however, does not include over-the-bar points, only goals and there is less play in the air than in Hurling.

The International Rules series includes points-over-the-bar and in the early 2000s included ‘behinds’ like in International Rules Football between Ireland and Australia.

The scoring system is three points for a goal and one for a point (over-the-bar).
13-a-side or 14-a-side have both been employed, halfway between Hurling’s 15-a-side and Shinty’s 12-a-side. Bot teams play with their own sticks, so it is a game played with two different sets of equipment.

The series reverted to a single game in 2016, with Scotland winning the last two.




[1] Gaelic Athletic Association (2016) Scotland defeat Ireland in Hurling-Shinty Senior International [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 28 October 2016]

[2] Gaelic Athletic Association (2017) Scotland defeat Ireland in Hurling-Shinty Senior International [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 2 December 2017]

[3] Gaelic Athletic Association (2018) Ireland defeated by Scotland in Senior Hurling-Shinty International [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 26 October 2018]


[22] Donegal Daily (2017) GAA Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 2 December 2017]

[23] Camanachd Association (2017) Camanachd Association Logo [Internet] [Accessed 9 March 2018]


Thanks to Conor Connolly-Mulcahy & Dara Conolly-Mulcahy

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Last Updated: 13 January 2019

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