April 1, 2014 3:07 pm

WATCH: Astronaut Chris Hadfield learns to play hurling

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield visited Ireland in January and during his trip he got the chance to learn the ancient game of hurling.

Hadfield’s “Astronaut’s Guide to Hurling” is part of a tourism campaign for Discover Ireland. Hadfield is an ambassador for Irish tourism.

Hurling is an ancient Gaelic game which involves hitting a small hard ball with a stick made of ash known as a hurley.

Hadfield has many talents, see his famous cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, but he may have bitten off more than he can chew trying to play hurling.

Hadfield took to the field with the Ruairi Óg hurling team in Cushendall, County Antrim under the watchful eye of hurling legend Terence “Sambo” McNaughton.

Hadfield puts on a good showing, but McNaughton has to break it to Hadfield that he’s “not up to Cushendall standard.”

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