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The GAA and the War of Independence
13 Jun 2019 * PAPERBACK * £8.99 * 9781789544404

The stirring story of the GAA and the role it played in Ireland's fight for nationhood.

Non Fiction / WSBX (Sport)
Extent: 320 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm Illus: 1 x 8pp b&w illustrations
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1916: The Mornings After
The Twelve Apostles
Also by Tim Pat Coogan
The GAA and the War of IndependenceTim Pat Coogan

Founded in 1884 to promote Irish identity and revive the traditional sports of hurling, football and handball, the GAA enjoyed an intimate relationship with the nationalist movement from the turn of the twentieth century onwards. In 1914, the Irish Volunteers drilled with hurley sticks in the absence of rifles; after the 1916 Rising many of those interned by the British were GAA members; and on 21 November 1920, a Gaelic football match between Dublin and Tipperary at Croke Park was interrupted by a raid by British crown forces that left fourteen dead in Ireland's first 'Bloody Sunday'.

With affection and authority, Tim Pat Coogan traces the stirring story of an institution which, from modest beginnings as a grass-roots sporting organisation, has grown into a cornerstone of Irish society both North and South. The Gaelic Athletic Association is, Coogan argues, the most socially valuable organisation in Ireland, whose ideal of voluntarism has contributed to a distinctive sense of national identity that flourishes wherever green is worn.

Tim Pat Coogan is Ireland's best-known historical writer. His 1990 biography of Michael Collins rekindled interest in Collins and his era. He is also the author of The IRA, Long Fellow, Long Shadow, 1916: The Mornings After and The Twelve Apostles.

Author is Ireland's best-known historical writer.

A master popular historian on his home turf.

2019 is the centenary of the 1919-1921 War of Independence.

MARKET: Tim Pat Coogan.

'A new book has charted the 'intimate' connection between the GAA and Irish freedom. Historian Tim Pat Coogan has investigated the influential role played by the association in the revolution' Irish Independent

'Tim Pat Coogan's new book underlines the association's huge role in galvanising people against British rule, and how it acted as an important unifying force' Irish Examiner

'With his usual erudition and readability, he considers the border campaign of the 50s, The Troubles, and the Hunger Strikes' Irish News

'In The GAA and the War of Independence there is little room for doubt. The book knows what it is for, and knows who it is against. It asks few questions, and even fewer to which it doesn't already have an answer' Irish Times

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