Become a member of the GAA Museum’s new Book Club.
A GAA book a month up for discussion.
Learn more about Gaelic Games and the history of the Association by becoming a member of our new virtual GAA Museum Book Club.
Each month our GAA Museum team will choose a well-known GAA book to read and review and at the end of the month, the museum will host a free online interview with the author, in which members can submit questions and comments.
The ambition of the book club is to review some wonderful GAA books and to give us a great insight into how they are created from start to finish.
Books will vary each month and will include histories, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs - all of which are selected from the museum’s own library.
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This Month's Book
The GAA Museum is delighted to announce that our Book Club choice for May / June 2023 is The Grass Ceiling by Eimear Ryan.
In The Grass Ceiling acclaimed novelist Eimear Ryan asks what it’s like to be female in a male-dominated sporting world? She digs deep into the confluence of gender and sport and all the questions it throws up about identity, status, competition and self-expression.
This newly published sporting memoir has been described as a sharp, nuanced and heartfelt exploration of questions that affect everyone who loves sport.
Eimear Ryan’s writing has appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, the Dublin Review and the Stinging Fly and she is co-founder of the literary journal Banshee. Her first novel Holding Her Breath was shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards and for the John McGahern Prize. The Grass Ceiling is her debut non-fiction book. Eimear is a Tipp native, but now lives in Cork city.
If you don’t have or can’t borrow a copy of the book, it will be available to purchase from the GAA Museum gift shop throughout May and June. They will retail at a 10% discount.
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Send us your comments / questions for the live Q&A with the author:
Last Month's Author Interview.
Our GAA Museum Book Club recently spoke to Kings for a Day author Niall McCoy. This book discusses year the Orchard County lifted the Sam Maguire in Croke Park for the first time and the celebrations continued for months.
Watch our interview now below.
GAA Museum Library & Archive
The Book Club aims to raise awareness and celebrate the GAA Museum Library & Archive - the national repository for the GAA’s records, archives and publications. Its mission is to collect a copy of every book published by the GAA and every book written about the GAA. The GAA Museum and its archives house almost 20,000 items in its collection. Readers, researchers and students can access the archive in Croke Park by appointment when it’s safe to do so. Until then you can search the archive below.