Blood, Sweat, Triumph and Tears


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Gaelic games are a key part of our everyday life. They’re the focus of endless debate and speculation, set the mood of Monday’s post-match workplace and dominate pub-talk. For many of us, life and death run second to major GAA events.

Blood, Sweat, Triumph & Tears looks back at some of the best moments from the sporting nation’s favourite soap opera. It pays homage to the great players and personalities in Gaelic football, hurling, ladies’ football and camogie, and the classic victories and thrilling contests the Gaelic games have produced down the decades. Based on exclusive interviews with many of the greatest personalities in the rich history of the GAA and covering every county in Ireland, this is a unique insight into the passion and the politics, the controversies and the crises, the wisdom and the wit, and the highs and the lows of the country’s greatest national treasure.

Full of entertaining anecdotes, inspirational incidents and epic encounters, Blood, Sweat, Triumph & Tears captures the magic of the GAA.

“A book to shorten the long winter nights for any GAA fan.”
Dermot Earley, Kildare legend

Product Details


Published: 11th February 2020
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 288pp + 8pp colour plate section
ISBN: 9781785302862


Published: 20th October 2016
Format: Paperback 234x153mm
Extent: 296 pages
ISBN: 9781785300738


John Scally is a lecturer in Trinity College, but in his spare time is a writer and broadcaster. Since 1992 he has written 40 books with cumulative sales of over 150,000 copies. He is the author of the biggest selling GAA book in Ireland, Raising the Banner: The Biography of Ger Loughnane, and for a few years his biography of Tony Ward was the biggest selling rugby book in Ireland.


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