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. Hurling, ladies’ football, camogie and Gaelic football are Ireland’s greatest national treasures, yet at their core deeply embedded in the local community. Now bestselling author John Scally shares stories of the fabled men and women behind the Gaelic Games’ rich history.

This captivating volume – full of insights, anecdotes and revelations about famous incidents and epic encounters – brings the heart-stopping drama of the people’s games alive. Based on exclusive interviews, it captures the GAA’s unique history – not through statistics but in the compelling tales of the men and women who made it all happen.

With a focus on landmark events such as Bloody Sunday, the age of television and the dark days of the Troubles, John Scally draws out the undeniable links between historic moments and the real people of the GAA.


Published: 20th May 2021

Format: Paperback 198x129 mm

Extent: 336pp + 8pp colour plate section

ISBN: 9781785303340


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

‘A treasure trove of the lore and legend of the GAA.’ EDDIE KEHER

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