Become a member of the GAA Museum’s new virtual 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 of the great GAA books and to give us all a much-needed sporting boost as we stay at home.

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 Book Club choice for July is The GAA vs Douglas Hyde by Cormac Moore. This month, there’s a focus on history again with this fascinating story about the removal of Ireland’s first President as patron of the GAA.

In this well researched account, Moore examines the circumstances around one of the most controversial incidents in GAA history. On 13th November 1938, just months after his inauguration, President Douglas Hyde attended a soccer match between Ireland and Poland, breaking GAA Rule 27 ‘The Ban’.

The removal of Hyde strained the relationship between the GAA and the Irish government, and also damaged the credibility of the rule which stated: “Any member of the Association who plays or encourages in any way rugby, football, hockey or any imported game which is calculated to injuriously affect our National Pastimes, is suspended from the Association”.

Throughout this book, Moore follows Hyde’s rise to prominence as well as his relationship with the GAA and looks at the arguments for and against the decision to remove Hyde as patron as well as the national and international reactions to the incident.

Cormac Moore is Historian in Residence with Dublin City Council. He holds a PhD in history from De Montfort University in Leicester and a Masters degree in Modern Irish History from UCD.

Unfortunately this book isn’t available through the GAA Museum Gift Shop, but is available to borrow through your library, to purchase through your local bookshop or to download as an ebook.

Author Interview with Cormac Moore

The author interview and Q&A session will take place at 8.30pm on Thursday 29th July. The one-hour live event will take place via Microsoft Teams and a video link will be shared with members in advance via email.

Send us your comments / questions for the live Q&A with the author:


Next Book Announcement

The next book will be announced on Friday 30th July. You can email your suggestions for next month's book club to [email protected].

The GAA Museum Kids Book Club

The GAA Museum want younger readers to get involved too with the launch of their limited-edition Kids Book Club.

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This Month's Kids Club Book

For July we’re reading All to Play For by Donn McClean, sports writer with the Sunday Times. 13-year-old Anna loves football, but everything changes after a terrible loss and Anna and her family move to a new town. How will she cope with a new home, new school and new club? All to Play For, published by O’Brien books is aimed at accelerated readers and middle years plus readers.

The book can be purchased with 20% off now on the GAA Museum’s online shop.

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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.

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