Hurling is one of the oldest field games in the world and is popular for at least 3000 years in Ireland. Hurling is often referenced in Irish myths and legends with such stories often portraying Hurling on the field equated to skill in battle. Throughout the countryside, Hurling thrived as a wild and often violent practice with few set rules. A turn of the 19th century saw a new version of Hurling, or hurley as it was referred to, become popular within the upper classes. Kilkenny is the most successful county ever in the game of hurling. The team has won the All-Ireland Championship over 36 times and has won the provincial Leinster Championship on over 70 occasions.