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GAA Museum Summer School

Celebrating Sam Maguire, the man and the trophy

Saturday 30th June
Open to everyone (ticketed event)

Tickets are now on sale for this one-day event that’s not to be missed!
 
In addition to our anniversary, 2018 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Sam Maguire Cup being first presented to the winners of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. So at this seminar, we will be celebrating the theme of ‘Sam Maguire – The Man and the Trophy’.


A range of distinguished speakers from academic and museum backgrounds will form the line-up for a fascinating day of talks and insights into the man after whom the GAA’s most iconic trophy is named.
 
The programme for the day is as follows:
 
  • 10.00 – 10.15: Official Opening with Uachtarán CLG John Horan
  • 10.15 – 11.00: Sam Maguire’s Ireland, 1877 – 1926 (Dr. William Murphy) 
  • 11.00 – 11.45: Sam Maguire’s GAA, 1884 – 1926 (Dr. Richard McElligott)
  • 11.45 – 12.30: Cork days, London nights: the lives, and afterlives, of Sam Maguire (Dr. Darragh Gannon)
  • 12.30 – 14.00: Lunch
  • 14.00 – 14.45:  The Design Origins of the Sam Maguire Cup (Maeve Sikora)
  • 14.45 – 15.30: The Sam Maguire Trophy (Humphrey Kelleher)
  • 15.30 – 16.15: Photo opportunity with original Sam Maguire Cup

 
Every attendee will have the unique opportunity to get a photo with the original cup that was retired in 1987 and is now on permanent display in the GAA Museum.
 
Admission price includes tea/coffee on arrival, lunch in Croke Park and admission to the GAA Museum on Saturday 30th June, as well as a photo opportunity with the original Sam Maguire Cup.
 
Ticket price: €30 per ticket (including tea / coffee on arrival and lunch)
 

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About our guest speakers

Dr. William Murphy
Dr. William Murphy is a lecturer in modern Irish history at Dublin City University. He the author of Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921 (Oxford, 2014). He is also co-editor of Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (Liverpool, 2016) and The Gaelic Athletic Association, 1884-2009 (Dublin, 2009). His new book, co-authored with Dr Anne Dolan (TCD), is Michael Collins: the man and the revolution. It will appear later this year, published by Collins Press.


Dr. Richard McElligott
Dr Richard McElligott, is a lecturer in modern Irish history at University College Dublin.  A native of north Kerry, he was awarded his doctorate from UCD in 2012 for his research which examined the first 50 years  of the history of the GAA and its social, cultural and political impact on Irish life and society during those turbulent decades surrounding the birth of the independent Irish state.   He is editor of A Social and Cultural History of Sport in Ireland and is also a regular contributor to the Irish Times, Irish Examiner and the Irish Independent. In 2013 his first book, Forging a Kingdom: The GAA in Kerry, 1884-1934 was published to widespread acclaim.

 
Dr. Darragh Gannon
Dr. Darragh Gannon is a historian of modern Ireland and the global Irish diaspora, with particular expertise in the Irish revolution. He has published widely on the Irish revolution in British historical context and is finalising a monograph entitled Conflict, diaspora and empire: Irish nationalism in Great Britain, 1912-1922. He served as Curatorial Researcher to the National Museum of Ireland exhibition ‘Proclaiming a Republic: the 1916 Rising’ and authored its accompanying volume Proclaiming a Republic: Ireland, 1916 and the National Collection. He is currently Research Fellow to the AHRC-funded project ‘A global history of Irish Revolution, 1916-1923’ (2017-2020), based at Queen’s University Belfast.


Maeve Sikora
Maeve Sikora is Keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland, with responsibility for the Museum’s archaeological collections. She has curated exhibitions including The Treasury: Celtic and Early Christian Ireland, Iconic Treasures, Ceramics and Glass from Ancient Cyprus and The Sea Stallion from Glendalough.
Maeve holds a BA in Archaeology and History and an MA in Archaeology from University College Cork. She joined the Museum in 2001 as a curatorial researcher on the Unpublished Burials Project. Since 2004, as full-time Assistant Keeper in the Irish Antiquities Division, she has engaged in a wide range of curatorial tasks including fieldwork and excavation, lecturing and outreach. She has represented the Irish Antiquities Division in a number of national and international projects and committees.
 
 
Humphrey Kelleher
Humphrey Kelleher is originally from Abbeyside in Co. Waterford and represented the Déise hurlers at minor, U21 and senior level.   A resident of Dublin since 1972, Humphrey is a member of the Naomh Mearnóg GAA Club in Portmarnock.  He has successfully managed a number of Dublin hurling clubs, including Beann Éadair, Naomh Mearnóg, Naomh Barróg, Clanna Gael Fontenoys and Castleknock.  He managed the Dublin senior hurling ream in 2004-2005.
 
Humphrey is the author of Family Silver – The People & Stories Behind 101 Cups and Trophies; he is also the co-author of the Blueprint for Change and Success for Dublin Hurling (2001).   He is currently researching the history and development of GAA county grounds throughout Ireland.


Ticket price: €30 per ticket (including tea / coffee on arrival and lunch)

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