The People's Games: A GAA Compendium

The People's Games: A GAA Compendium


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For over 130 years the GAA has been at the heart of Irish life. Now, in The People’s Games, John Scally tells the compelling stories of the men and women behind the rich history of Gaelic Games.

Since the introduction of television Gaelic Games have become a huge entertainment industry, yet at their core remain deeply embedded in the local community. They shape the national conversation and lift the mood of the country. Hurling, ladies’ football, camogie and Gaelic football are Ireland’s greatest national treasures.

Gaelic Games are part of the DNA of the Irish Race, and the people are the beating heart of the Games. This comprehensive collection captures the GAA’s evolving history, the fabled heroes, the controversies, the scandals, the pulsating games, the fans, the centrality of the clubs, and the unending and heart-stopping drama.

Full of fascinating insights, amusing anecdotes, thrilling tales and new revelations about famous incidents and epic encounters, this volume brings the people’s games alive in all their vibrancy. Based on exclusive interviews, this captivating compendium explores the rich history of the men and women of the GAA who made it all happen.


Published: 1 October 2020

Format: 234x153mm, paperback with flaps

Extent: 336pp + 8pp colour plate section

ISBN: 9781785303234


A native of Roscommon, John Scally is the author of the biographies of Ger Loughnane, Pat Spillane and Dermot Earley. He won a McNamee Award for Come on the Rossies: The Story of Roscommon Football.



‘The GAA has a lot of great people with a strong social conscience and I am delighted to see them celebrated in these pages.’ MICHAEL DARRAGH MACAULEY

‘GAA people are special.’ MICHAEL DUIGNAN

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