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Introduction to Curling

January 1, 2010

National Federation
Irish Curling Association
3 Rosemains Farm
Pathhead
Midlothian
EH37 5UQ

Tel: 00 44 1875 320311
Contact: Bill Gray

Email: secretary@irish-curling.org

Curling is thought to have been invented in late medieval Scotland, with the first written reference to a contest using stones on ice coming from the records of Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire, in February 1541. Two paintings (both dated 1565) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder depict Dutch peasants curling—Scotland and the Low Countries had strong trading and cultural links during this period, which is also evident in the history of golf.

 

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