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 October is The First Sunday in September by Tadhg Coakley. This is the first novel we’ve had as our selection since we launched the club in February 2021.

The First Sunday in September brings together a fictional cast of unforgettable characters on the day of the All-Ireland Hurling Final. We meet a hungover Clare man, a long-retired player and a county star amongst others in this page turner which has been described as “technically daring”. The story was referred to as ‘vibrant and authentic, brimming with intensity and desire’ by Donal Ryan.

The novel, first published in 2018 by Mercier Press, was written by Mallow-born writer Tadhg Coakley. Now living in Cork city, Coakley is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at University College Cork and his sports writing and essays regularly appear in publications including The Stinging Fly, the Irish Examiner and the Irish Times. He is also a regular guest at literary festivals. His second book Whatever it Takes was released in 2020 and was the Cork One City One Book choice last year.

Those who don’t have or can’t borrow a copy of The First Sunday in September can purchase the book online from the GAA Museum Gift Shop throughout October for a discounted price of €12.

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Author Interview with Tadhg Coakley

The author interview Q&A session will take place at 8.30pm on Thursday 28th October. 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 29th October. 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.

This Month's Kids Club Book

Following great feedback from our younger readers for All to Play For by Donn McClean, the GAA Museum Book Club for Kids is delving into Gaelic Spirit for August.  

Gaelic Spirit is written by journalist and author Ger Siggins and is part of his popular Eoin Madden series. In this adventure, Eoin and his friends are spending the summer playing hurling and football and everything is going well until Eoin starts bumping into his ghostly friends. This usually means trouble is on the way! This time Eoin must learn about the darkest day in Croke Park and GAA history as well as work to stop a modern tragedy unfolding.

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

Get The Book

Once they’ve enjoyed the book, young readers will have the chance submit their questions to the author and in doing so, be up for a chance to win a GAA Museum Prize Pack including a family voucher for the Stadium Tour, plus an O’Neill’s GAA Museum jersey!

Simply post a question using #GAABookClubForKids on Twitter/FB/Instagram and the best question will win!

The GAA Museum will then record a special Q&A session with the author and release it on Croke Park’s web and social channels. 

You can also watch back our first Kids Book Club interview with All to Play For author Donn McClean here

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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