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Since its establishment in 2007, the GAA Library and Archive has accommodated researchers from a variety of disciplines including historians, journalists, genealogists, sociologists and students from secondary to PhD level.

The list below features a sample of publications that have utilised GAA Archive collections.

Please note that these publications are not for sale within the GAA Museum nor through the GAA Museum and Archive website. The GAA Museum and Archive takes no responsibility for the contents or comments contained within such publications.

   McElligott, Richard. Forging a Kingdom. The GAA in Kerry
(Cork, The Collins Press, 2013).

In this detailed history, focusing on the first fifty years of the G.A.A. in Kerry, Richard McElligott used the Central Council and Munster Council minute books. 



   Hayes, Liam. Heffo. A Brilliant Mind. (London, Transworld
   Ireland, 2013).   

In this biography of Dublin legend Kevin Heffernan, the author, Liam Hayes, consulted the Mick Dunne Collection, held by the GAA Library and Archive.



   Kelleher, Humphrey, GAA Family Silver, (Dublin: Sportsfile,

In the book GAA Family Silver: The people and stories behind 101 cups and trophies Humphrey Kelleher explores the background to the main GAA cups. Humphrey made extensive use of the Central Council minutes in writing this publication.



   Donal MacAnallen, The Cups that Cheered, (Cork: The Collins
   Press, 2012).

The main focus of The Cups that Cheered is on the Sigerson Cup and Fitzgibbon Cup competitions. Coverage is also given to the origins and development of Gaelic games in higher education colleges prior to 1911 and the involvement of colleges in other Gaelic games competitions after 1911. Donal used the records belonging to the Youth / Third level section of the GAA Library and Archive.


   Cormac Moore, The GAA v Douglas Hyde, (Cork: The  
   Collins Press, 2012).

The GAA, in 1938, removed President Douglas Hyde as a patron of the GAA when he breached Association rules by attending an international soccer match. Cormac Moore used the Central Council and Connacht Provincial Council minute books to research the removal of Hyde, its consequences and aftermath.


   Matthew Hussey, A Legendary Lily White Jack Higgins of 
   Naas, (Dublin: Original Writing Limited, 2011).

A Legendary Lily White is a biography of Jack Higgins, one of the greatest Gaelic footballers of the early twentieth century. When Higgins hung up his boots he became an administrator at county, provincial and national level. Matthew Hussey used the Central Council and Leinster Council archives to chart the administrative history of Jack Higgins.


   John Bowman, Window and Mirror: RTÉ Television: 1961-
, (Cork: The Collins Press, 2011).

Window and Mirror presents a critical overview of RTÉ providing a detailed account of the national television station and its fifty-year history. John Bowman accessed the Central Council minute books to chart the relationship between RTÉ and the G.A.A.


   Mike Cronin, Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse, The GAA A  
   People’s History
, (Cork: The Collins Press, 2009).

Published in 2009, as part of the GAA commissioned ‘Oral History Project’, The GAA A People’s History makes extensive use of documents within the GAA Archive’s collections and is illustrated throughout with documents and photographs from the GAA Library and Archive.



   Ian Kenneally, Courage and Conflict: Forgotten Stories of the 
   Irish at War
, (Cork, The Collins Press, 2009).

Courage and Conflict is an eclectic mixture of stories about Irish people at war at home and abroad. Chapter nine of this publication presents a detailed history of ‘Bloody Sunday’ when fourteen people were shot dead by British armed forces in Croke Park. Ian Kenneally consulted the ‘Proceedings of the Military Enquiry into the events surrounding Bloody Sunday’ in the GAA Library and Archive.