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Theme: Transport

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The Offaly Association in Dublin Airport before their trip
to London to watch an exhibition of hurling
and football games, 1975.
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"Are you going to the match?" is one of the most commonly heard questions during the Irish summer. While the answer often depends on whether or not there is a ticket available, especially for the big games, the issue of how people get to the match is also central. GAA games are brought to life by the supporters who travel, whether between parishes or across the country, to cheer on their team. And the teams themselves have to get there somehow... More

Mick Higgins

Mick Higgins, 86, Cavan
'The whole trip took twenty-seven hours to get to America. When we were about to leave, we were delayed for four hours, due to high winds. The engine gave him trouble...'
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John King

John King, 58, Kerry
'Once I was able to get out and start travelling, I made my own way to games and things like that. So I suppose going to club matches in Tralee and hop on my bicycle...'
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Paddy Wickham

Paddy Wickham, 70, Wexford
'We’d go out to the game. Laces of the boots tied here, around the handle bars...'
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Micheál Mac An tSaoir

Micheál Mac An tSaoir, 62, Limerick
'If you had a bike you were wealthy. Really, like you were wealthy. It was a means of transport, like. There would be a line of bikes...'
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‘We always travelled in hope but we did not have much success either at club or county level. I attended the Leinster Football Final of 1946 in which Laois beat Kildare, I travelled by train from Athy to Heuston, fare 9 shillings and three pence.’
—Fintan Walsh, 72, Laois
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