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 second pick is one for the hurling fans - ‘The Hurlers’ by Paul Rouse.
The First All-Ireland Championship and the Making of Modern Hurling
In 1882, a letter was published in the Irish Times, lamenting the decline of hurling. The game was now played only in a few isolated rural pockets, and according to no fixed set of rules. It would have been absurd to imagine that, within five years, an All-Ireland Hurling Championship would be underway, under the auspices of a powerful national organisation.
‘The Hurlers’ is a superbly readable account of that dramatic turn of events, of the colourful men who made it happen, and of the political intrigues and violent rows that marked the early years of the GAA. From the very start, republican and ecclesiastical interests jockeyed for control, along with a small core of enthusiasts who were just in it for the sport. In this authoritative and seriously entertaining book, Paul Rouse shows how sport, culture and politics swirled together in a heady, often chaotic mix.
Book On Sale Now
For those who don’t own or can’t borrow a copy of the book, the GAA Museum Gift Shop is offering a discount on The Hurlers for the month of March. You can purchase at the reduced rate below of €10.
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Author Interview with Paul Rouse
The second author interview and Q&A session will take place at 8.30pm on Thursday 8th April
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 9th
April. You can email your suggestions for next month's book club to [email protected]
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.