Manx Cammag at St. John’s on St. Stephens’ Day 2021


Carlow vs Westmeath

(Preliminary Round Semi-Finals)

Result compiled from Result in St. John’s You Tube Channel (please visit the St. John’s You Tube Channel at References [4] for a Video of the Game)


South won 3-2 in cloudy conditions on St. Stephens’ Day 2021 in the Manx Cammag match between the North and South teams on the Isle of Man. The match consisted of three halves with each team taking a drink of whisky during a break at the end of each half. [References: 4][0:00 to 0:30](please visit the St. John’s You Tube Channel at References [4] for a Video of the Game)

ABOUT Manx Cammag

Manx Cammag is a version of Hurling (or Caman in Irish) played in the Isle of Man, where Manx Gaelic was traditionally spoken. It is also very similar to the Scottish game of Shinty or Camanachd. The earliest mention of Hurling or Caman is in the Irish ‘Book of Leinster’ in the 12th Century AD. It played with a small ball and hooked stick. Kit Gawne, writing in his book, ‘Isle of Man Hockey’ suggests the game may have been introduced by missionaries, although the earliest mention in the Isle of Man records is not until 1760. [References: 2-3]

It is a Winter Sport, with special matches arranged on St. Stephen’s Day (such as the one between North & South of the Island. There are few rules, and any number of players can play on either side, with coats or sticks marking goalposts. [References: 2-3]

The match on St. Stephen’s Day between North & South is played in conjunction with the Festivities associated with the day, such as ‘Hunting the Wren’, although these days no wren is killed, and those making donations to charity are given a coloured ribbon, rather than a wren’s feather, supposed to bring good luck for the following year, thought to be particularly efficacious in the event of a shipwreck or witchcraft. [References: 2-3]

Isle of Man Flag

Isle of Man flag texture creased and crumpled up with light and shadows [References: 4] Text by Enda Mulcahy for (Eirball)

[5] Illustration Contributor: MarkUK97 on Shutterstock (2022) Isle of Man flag texture creased and crumpled up with light and shadows Stock Illustration ID: 272714558 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 July 2022][Additional Text on Illustration by Enda Mulcahy for (Eirball)

References (2021 Result)

[4] St. John’s You Tube Channel (2021) Cammag Isle of Man 2021 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 July 2022]



[1] North American Manx Association (2015) “Rain doesn’t stop play on St. Stephen’s Day” [Internat] Available from: [Accessed 5 March 2017]

[2] (2017) “Work off your Christmas Turkey with a game of Cammag!” [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 13 October 2017]

[3] North American Manx Association, Valerie Caine (2013) Cammag [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 July 2022]


Thanks to Stephen Fitzpatrick


Researched, Compiled and Written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 10 July 2022

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