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The GAA – A People's History

By Mike Cronin, Mark Duncan & Paul Rouse


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This history of Gaelic games and the social world around them has been an outstanding success. From how and where Gaelic games were played and watched to their impact on Irish communities at home and abroad, politics, women in the GAA, music and much more, this history sets the GAA experience against that of a changing Irish society. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and original historical documents, this is a book with absorbing insights into a world that is both uniquely Irish and global.


  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Published: 2014
  • Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm
  • Number of pages: 432
  • ISBN: 9781848892255
  • Illustrations note: Colour photos, B&W photos,
If you only ever buy one GAA book, I would suggest this one.
Readable, entertaining, well informed.
The GAA: A People's History is a publishing triumph, certainly as far as illustration is concerned - The Collins Press of Cork and the Italian printers have excelled themselves. The selection is both extensive and evocative - I was enthralled by the treatments of the familiar and the novel. Referencing is scrupulous; recent scholarship utilised.
Standing high above the pack [of books commemorating the GAA].
Book is excellent and the photographs superb; and very well used. Great design.
Wonderfully nostalgic pictures.
Fabulously presented [...] this book should be read by all those within the association [and also] makes a good companion for those outside the association who wish to gain an understanding of how the GAA has evolved.
Beautifully-compiled anniversary ode [...] a great showcase for The Collins Press.

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