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 December & January is Semple Stadium Field of Legends by Liam Ó’Donnchú. Due to the Christmas break, there won’t be a book club live event at the end of December so there’ll be a chance to read this one over two months.

Semple Stadium Field of Dreams is an account of the evolution of the iconic Gaelic Games stadium. The author leads us through the history of the GAA in Thurles and the development of the stadium. He also describes some epic sporting moments that have taken place there including the Great Bicycle Finals of 1944, the centenary All-Ireland hurling final in 1984 and Maurice Fitzgerald’s unforgettable point in 2001.

The beautiful hardback book, which includes memorable photos and historic imagery also takes us behind the scenes at the famous Féile concerts and pays tribute to the players, managers, staff and locals who ensure that Tom Semple’s field remains a place of pilgrimage for the GAA faithful and beyond

Author Liam Ó’Donnchú is a former player, secretary and chairman of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club and is currently vice-president of the club. He spent over four decades as a primary school teacher and is now director of the Lár na Páirce museum in Thurles. He has also written other books including Tom Semple and the Thurles Blues and is co-author of Tipperary’s GAA Ballads.

Those who don’t have or can’t borrow a copy of Semple Stadium Field of Legends can purchase the book online from the GAA Museum Gift Shop throughout December/January for a discounted price of €17.50.

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Author Interview with Liam Ó’Donnchú

The author interview Q&A session will take place at 8.30pm on Thursday 27th January. 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 28th January. 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.

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