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Hurling Memories Revived at Croke Park Launch of GAA Gold DVD

Hurling Memories Revived at Croke Park Launch of GAA Gold DVD

17th November 2010


The IFI Irish Film Archive launches its priceless collection of highlights of All-Ireland hurling finals from 1948-1959 in the beautifully presented GAA Gold DVD at an event at The GAA Museum with legendary broadcaster Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin and GAA President Christy Cooney.

GAA Gold will be available from the GAA Museum, the IFI Film Shop and all leading DVD retailers from the 10th of November priced €19.99.

Unique footage from All-Ireland hurling finals at Croke Park is being presented on a special DVD by the IFI Irish Film Archive in association with the GAA. Covering more than a decade’s worth of fantastic hurling, the DVD includes such golden memories as Tipperary and Cork achieving three-in-a-row wins, alongside victories for Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford. It also boasts appearances from Dublin, Laois and Galway. GAA Gold features some of greatest hurlers of all time such as Christy Ring, John Doyle, Eddie Keher and Nicky Rackard, and evokes wonderful memories with the commentary of legendary broadcaster Michael O’Hehir who skillfully communicates the excitement of the matches. This is a collection of rarely seen footage that will refresh many memories and is a must-see for any serious GAA fan or lover of Irish heritage.

Announcing the release Kasandra O'Connell, Head of the IFI Irish Film Archive said 'The GAA All-Ireland Hurling Finals filmed by the National Film Institute are probably the most requested titles in the Archive collection, and we are delighted to finally be able to make them available to the wider public. We aim to follow this release of hurling finals with a DVD of our equally popular GAA football finals from the same period.’

Filmed by the National Film Institute (now the IFI) for distribution in cinemas across the country, these highlight reports long predate RTÉ’s television coverage and were very popular as the only way to view the matches outside of the stadium. The footage fascinatingly captures the development in technology to cover the fast game-play as well as the transition from black and white to colour film. GAA Gold also includes an accompanying booklet containing images, and historical and individual match notes by Dr. Sean Crosson.
As well as the games themselves, there is fascinating period footage of fans arriving and parading in Dublin city, crowd scenes in Croke Park, teams training in their respective counties, Irish-American visitors, the Artane Boys Band, and the involvement of politicians and clergy of the era in the match day pageantry.

The films have been painstakingly re-mastered and digitised by the staff of the IFI Irish Film Archive who preserve the original film reels in their climate-controlled vaults. The Archive holds thousands of reels of commercial and amateur footage, a moving image record of Ireland’s history from 1897 to the present. The IFI ensures that this rich resource is shared with the public in as many ways as possible including research access, public screenings, and events in Dublin, nationally and internationally. The Archive releasing key titles on DVD is another way to make this rich material available to audiences.

GAA Gold is the third in a series of DVD releases from the IFI Irish Film Archive which also includes the feature film Irish Destiny (1926) and Seoda, a collection of short Irish films from 1948-1970. All three DVDs are available from the IFI Film Shop and all leading DVD retailers.

GAA Gold All-Ireland Finals 1948-1959
1948                              Waterford v. Dublin
1949                              Tipperary v. Laois
1950                              Tipperary v. Kilkenny
1951                              Tipperary v. Wexford
1952                              Cork v. Dublin
1953                              Cork v. Galway
1954                              Cork v. Wexford
1955                              Wexford v. Galway
1956                              Wexford v. Cork
1957                              Kilkenny v. Waterford
1958                              Tipperary v. Galway
1959                              Waterford v. Kilkenny
1959                              Replay Waterford v. Kilkenny