"They strapped on their cauldrons, stood poised to fly,
At the sound of the horn they were swiftly airborne...."
-- translation of Gaelic poem (QA2)
Playing the game involves trying to catch hundreds of falling rocks and bludgers within cauldrons strapped to the players’ heads. It inevitably caused huge numbers of fatalities and was banned in 1762 (QA2).
Notes and interesting facts:
- A campaign by Magnus 'Dent-Head' Macdonald tried to overturn the ban in the 1960s, but was unsuccessful in convincing the Ministry of Magic to do so (QA2).
- Quidditch Through the Ages author Kennilworthy Whisp wondered whether the "Scottish warlock" mentioned by Gertie Keddle at a game played on Queerditch Marsh had introduced the concept of flying rocks from Creaothceann (QA3).
The Scottish (and Irish) Gaelic word ceann means "head" and the word creach/creagh is a "raid or foray" - or the plunder and booty obtained thereon (Dictionary of the Scots Language).