The GAA Hurley & Sliotar Regulation Work Group is currently working with the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Dublin City University (DCU) on a project which provides for integration of research around Hurley and Sliotar performance.

The aim of this project is to develop new characterisation systems for the Hurley and Sliotar. This will include a robotic system for testing the interaction between the Hurley and Sliotar which will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the mechanical properties relating to the Hurley/Sliotar interaction.

Performance characteristics apart, this research will facilitate the development of Hurley specifications and pave the way for the development of Hurley standards. At a time when Ash Dieback Disease poses an existential threat to the supply of Ash, this is now an important future proofing requirement in relation to the use of alternative materials and new production processes around the manufacture of Hurleys.

The robotic system for imparting a Hurley to Sliotar impact will be developed to match the human body with the simultaneous measurement of the Coefficient of Restitution for the Sliotar – that is to quantify how the Sliotar performs/travels when struck with a consistent level of force.

The mechanical testing of Hurleys – this will include performance measures in relation to the flexure strength and impact resistance – and these will be examined to ensure that the manufacture of Hurleys in regulated in a manner where safety is a key desired outcome.

For those interested in working on this PhD project over the coming years, please send your CV and cover letter to the following email