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Mary Tuffy, b. 1917

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Mary Tuffy
A photograph of Mary Tuffy taken just after her interview with the GAA Oral History Project on the 5th May 2010.
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This interview with Mary Tuffy was recorded in Lacken, Co. Sligo, on the 5th May 2010 as part of the GAA Oral History Project. Mary, who was born in Curry in 1917, talks about her experiences with the GAA and her days playing camogie at both club and county level for Sligo.

Mary was involved in setting up of the first camogie team in Curry and during her time with the club they won three county championships. Soon after, Mary became captain of the first Sligo camogie team. She was nicknamed 'Lory Meagher' by her teammates after the famous Kilkenny player.

During the 1940s Mary became a referee and refereed matches at a county level. Towards the latter part of the interview Mary talks about the life of the community in times gone by and how technology was very basic. She describes how dances were major social events in the county and that many people were forced to emigrate because of poor economic conditions. 

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Mary's early life and playing club camogie

The camogie scene during the 1930s and 1940s

Social life in Sligo

Playing on and being captain of Sligo's camogie team

Becoming a referee during the 1940s

Family history and social change

Family involvement in the GAA

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