I noticed that too but it didn't bother me as he is going to be using the hurl to fight, not play. He seems to have it poised for a strong overhead strike and is holding it like a one-handed sword which makes sense. There is no reason to have it angled down behind the back but with such a light weapon it doesn't hurt. I could picture many new sword students thinking they will get more power in their strike if they wind up more hence tilting it all the way back like that. He was a kid so he may not have been a master yet (though he was better than the other kids and many adults, this was before his formal training with Sca/thach). 

Who knows what he is planning on doing with that sliotar. I know what I would do: when the dog is almost upon me, I would throw it in his eyes as hard as I could. Then I would swing with the hurl and knock him in the head. So I too would have the hurl raised upright in one hand and the sliotar held in the other. I would not use the hurl to launch the sliotar as the sliotar is just a distraction and I want the hurl to come down a split second afterward.

However the wolfdog looks a little funny to me. More "300" than anything. The important thing is that we get to drink Guinness and talk about Cu/ Chulainn which are two of the best activities in between hurling matches.

Best wishes,
Andrew Jacob

From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tue, April 6, 2010 1:38:20 PM
Subject: Re: [OLD-IRISH-L] Cú Chulainn in art

Neil McLeod wrote:

> Here is a rather good picture of Cú Chulainn...

Thanks!  I blogged the ad and the story behind it just now.  Dubhaltach's critique of the image's apparent misunderstanding of hurling technique, on top of the other problems, is worth reading in the nótaí tráchta here: