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Sean O'Heslin's

Hardworking members of Seán O'Heslin's GAA Club, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, take a break from developing their new playing field to pose for a photograph.
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A sense of home has always been important to the Irish. This is no less important for the GAA — a field and a clubhouse where the club, and its members, can belong. In the contemporary era, this often means a large clubhouse with a range of facilities, all-weather and floodlit pitches, and a real sense that the local GAA club is at the heart of the community. It has not always been so. ... More


Dan McEvoy, 81, Kilkenny
Dan recounts the story of the opening of Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, in 1928 and how the day became known as Ham Sunday.
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Jim Cantwell

Jim Cantwell, 89, Kilkenny
Jim vividly recalls being brought to the Munster Final in Thurles, 1932. He describes the grass banks, the people standing on boxes, and how he got separated from his father and ended up behind the goals.
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Donal Kearney

Donal Kearney, 33, Louth
Donal details the problems encountered by Clogherhead Dreadnots when they tried to purchase playing grounds from the Land Commission. The plot selected was in high demand with local farmers, who attempted to thwart the sale of the property to the club.
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Michael Loftus, 80, Mayo
Michael remembers the various methods used to raise the £2,000 necessary to purchase and develop the Deel Rovers' GAA pitch and facilities in Crossmolina, Co. Mayo.
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Gareth Doonan

Gareth Doonan, 33, Fermanagh and Glasgow
Gareth describes the poor quality of the GAA's playing facilities in Glasgow and expresses his disappointment that improvements have not been made before now.
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‘He set the ball on top of a rush bush, and he hit it that hard that the ball went over the bar and the rush bush went into the net. He scored a goal with the rush bush and a point with the ball.’
—Joe O'Loughlin, 77, Fermanagh
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