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A Century of Gaelic Games

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Full title: The leathers echo: a story of hurling, football, handball and camogie in Co. Wicklow from 1884 to 1984

Creator / Author: Jim Brophy / photography by Johnny Kelly

Item Type / Page count: Book / 638p

When Published: November 1984 in honour of the Centenary year.

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow Co. Board G.A.A / [Aughrim, County Wicklow]

About: To commemorate the centenary of the founding of the Gaelic Athletic Association each county in Ireland produced a book on the history of the GAA in that county. This is Wicklow’s contribution and what a contribution it is. A massive 638-page volume details 100 years of Gaelic Games activities in the county. It includes club histories, significant results and teamsheets all set against the context of 100 years of local and national history.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Author’s Note – Focal ón gCathaoirleach – Thanks – Dialann Seachtaine i gClub i     1984 – The First Convention – The Power and the Politics – How it all began – The Years of Struggle 1887-1929 – [Club Histories Section] – Annacurra – Arklow Rock Parnells – Arklow Geraldines – Ashford – Avoca – Avondale – Aughrim – Ballinacor – Ballinastoe – Ballymanus – Ballymoney – Baltinglass – Barndarrig – Blessington – Bray Emmets – Carnew Emmets – Coolboy – Coolkenno – Donard – Dunlavin – Enniskerry – Forestry College – Bray – Glenealy – Greystones – Hollywood – Kilbride – Kilcoole – Killiskey – Kilmacanogue – Kiltegan – Knockananna – Lacken – Laragh – Newcastle – Newtown – Rathdangan – Roundwood – Rathnew – Shillelagh – Stratford – St. Kevin’s, Bray – St. Patrick’s – St. Fergal’s – The Glen of Imaal – Tinahely – Tuckmill – Valleymount — The Men of the West / Peter Keogh – In the deep South / Seamus O’Duinn – Along the East Coast – Report from the North / Tommy Coleman – [Some Other Clubs Section] – Ballinglen – Grangecon – Ballykillageer – Crossbridge – Ballinatona – Whitestown – Glenmalure – Ballyteskin – Glassnarget – Moneystown – Delgany – Redcross – Brittas – Hacketstown – Ballycoogue – Eire Óg/Greystones – The Greatest Wicklow Team – A leader from Killiskey – One of Wicklow’s Biggest days – Six Wicklow Teams Played in Wexford – The Year Wicklow Reached the Leinster Senior Final – A Trip to Clonskeagh in 1889 – How I Became a Referee / Eamonn Moules – The Perils of Refereeing! / Jimmy Hatton – The day of the ‘Long Count’ – From Kilcoole to San Francisco / Jimmy Hatton – Cumann Luth-Chleas Gael na nGairm Scol / Hugh O’Brien – When Wicklow Played Senior Hurling – Wicklow’s First Hurling Win – Champions of Leinster 1954 [ballad] / Jimmy Smullen – The Rise of Wicklow Hurling / Jackie Napier – The Year Sixty-Seven an All Ireland Success [poem] / Jimmy Smullen – The Hurling Resurgence – In Luton Town / N. J. Lawlor – Three Finals 1971 [ballad] / Jimmy Smullen – The Day Wicklow Won Their First All-Ireland – The Men of Thirty-six [ballad] / Jimmy Smullen – Leinster Champions in 1949 – A Great Leinster Junior Football Final – Dunlavin’s Finest Hour / Johnny Kelly – A Report from the Wee North / Pat McEntaggart – Happy Days in Barndarrig / Patrick Furlong – The Great 1969 Junior Team – The Match I Refereed Without a Watch / Eamonn Moules – Some of Wicklow’s Football Greats – The “Blues” had the Touch of Class – The Day Blessington Won the Big One! — A Wicklow Final Played in Carlow – Lest we Forget / George Nichols – A Flashback to 1952 –“C. M.” was the G.A.A – The ‘Exiles’ Played a Major Role – The day that Ashford Broke the Barrier / Tom McHugh – The Man Who Made it to the Top – A Record Breaker from Avoca – Hugh McCarthy “The Man from Ballinaclash” / Jimmy Dunne – The Centenary Year – A Laois Man Looks at Wicklow – The Men at the Helm – The Railway Cup Men – A Note from the Early Days – County Officers for Centenary Year – Getting the Scores – Battles in the Boardroom – The Day Ashford Rocked Rathnew – Bord na nÓg / Seamus O’Duinn – The Good Samaritans – The Day that Wicklow Shocked Wexford – The Day of the Shambles in Aughrim – Newtown’s First Senior Championship Win / Michael Crinnion – Kilbride’s Big Day in 1962 / Charlie Roe – SCÓR – The Wintertime Winner / Tomas Breathnach – A Place to Play – Memories from the West / Joe Deering – Santa Came Early to Glenealy! / Tommy Glynn – The Role of the Rúnai / Liam O Cathain – The Crystal Ball! – O’Byrne Cup and National League Wins – Arklow Showed the Way – History Makers – The Ban – The Dublin Connection – The Under-Age Scene – A Great Woman – A World Champion from Wicklow Town – Two Famous Wicklow Men – Special Trophies for County Championship Winners 1984 – Feach MacHugh O’Byrne’s Last Words [poem] – The Battle of Dernamuck [ballad] – Random Reflections – The Blackbird of Sweet Avondale [ballad] – Camogie Flowed Like the Tide / Mary Moran – A Thought for the New Century – [Camogie Section] — The Wicklow Camogie Story – Camogie Down the Years – Great Wicklow Camogie Teams – When Wicklow Were Expelled – The Year Wexford Nearly Got Us – All-Ireland Stars – The Day the Man Wore a Skirt – Arklow – the Cradle of Wicklow Camogie / Nancy Lynch-Quinn – Glenealy were in a Class Apart – When St. Martin’s won County Titles – Along by the Dargle – Hollywood in the Rare Ould Times / Brid Ni Bishman – Great Days in Ballyrichard – Activity in Kilmacanogue – Donard Michael Dwyers – Aughrim Camogie Club – Avoca – the Current Champions – Champions from Stratford – Shillelagh – a Camogie Stronghold – Camogie on Wicklow Town / Angela Cullen (nee Quinn) – Hollywood Won Three Titles – Kiltegan Won Five Senior Camogie Titles – Game is Flourishing in Knockananna – Annacurra’s Headquarters was “Sweeney’s Island” – Some of the Other Camogie Clubs – Senior Camogie Winners – Far Away in France and Flanders [poem] / W.J. Duffy – The Wicklow Vales [ballad] / Fr. Butler – [Handball Section] — Handball in Wicklow – The Handball Story / Dick Arnold – [Record Section] – The Eight Red Letter Days – Centenary Year Results – County Teams Centenary Year – Champions in the Centenary Year – The First Thirty Years – Roll of Honour – Final Score for Sixty Years – Football Champions – Hurling Champions – Inter-County Senior and Minor Football Teams 1937-1983 – The Junior Footballers – Senior “B” Hurling Championship – Intermediate Hurling Championship – The Junior Hurlers – Vocational Schools Roll of Honour – Wicklow Handball Wins – The Lady Handballers – Handball Champions – Wicklow Handball Championships – The Last Word.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: Includes dozens of black and white photographs of teams and individuals.


From Killamoat to Cranareen

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Full title: Rathdangan heritage trail : a walk through time from Killamoat Church to Cranareen Cemetery

Creator / Author: Rathdangan Community Council

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 28p

When Published: 2009

Publisher / Place of Publication: Rathdangan Community Council / Rathdangan, Co. Wicklow.

About: A well-illustrated description of a heritage trail in the Rathdangan district which links many points of historical interest. Another excellent example of a local community initiative to highlight the heritage and history of their neighbourhood.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Introduction and Acknowledgements – Hello to Rathdangan [poem] / William Byrne — Rathdangan Heritage Trail map — Killamoat Church — From Killamoat Church [poem] / Tom Kelly — The Camp Field — School — The Moat — Football fields – The school and the Ruahan — The Butler’s field — The old road -– County football final — Mass house – Accident site – Shebeen – Rathdangan Church and O’Toole Memorial Hall — The village of Rathdangan: 18th to 20th century [1] Shops and public houses [2] Schools [3] Tradesmen [4] Fair — Toberowen – The shoeing stone — Moses Walsh’s schoolhouse — Mrs Kehoe’s shop — Kavanagh’s Tailors — Cornaan Barracks — Cornaan Church — Tubbernashankill — Cranareen Cemetery.

Extra #1: Includes map with photographs profusely interspersed throughout the text.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Link to the Rathdangan.com website

A Second Valleymount Compendium

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Full title: Valleymount – Facets of our Local History Part Two

Creator / Author: Fr. Richard Cantwell (editor) & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Magazine (Complete issue) / 38p

When Published: Christmas 1990

Publisher / Place of Publication: Parish of Valleymount / Valleymount, Co. Wicklow.

About: This is the second of four collections of local history material which was first published separately in various issues of the Valleymount Parish News.  It covers areas such as Lacken, Baltyboys, Blessington, Poulaphuca and Valleymount. The major article in this collection is on the history of Valleymount G.A.A. club. It is a photocopied rather than printed publication and the quality of reproduction reflects this.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Cover drawing: The Church — Photograph of C. S. Parnell and T. M. O’Reilly —  Valleymount Church Restoration / Fr. Richard Cantwell  — St. Kevin’s Window / Fr. Richard Cantwell  – St. Joseph’s Valleymount, Re-opened / A Special Correspondent — Bishop Boden’s Well — Parish Registers of Births, Marriages and Confirmations  / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Ireland’s ‘Forgotten’ Valley / Barbara Page – To the memory of Father Rowan [poem] / Anon — Lough Cleevaun [poem] / T. M. O’Reilly – Granabeg [poem] / T. M. O’Reilly — …”When yez lave me in Baltyboys” / Matty Lennon – Sister Kevin Osborne / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Fr. Seamus McGeehan [obituary] / Mgr. Owen Sweeney — The Lord Mayor / Mattie Lennon — Diamond Jubilee of Father Dufficy / Fr. Richard Cantwell — The Dublin Blessington Steam Tram / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Valleymount GAA Club / Sean O’Sullivan – Items from ‘Leinster Leader’ – A Peek at our History / Fr. Richard Cantwell.

Extra #1: Contains illustrations and reproduction photographs throughout the text.

Extra #2: Link to the full text of this magazine via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #3: Hat tip to John Hussey who maintains the Blessington.jimdo.com website for posting the text of this magazine online

Donard as Community Exemplar

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Full title: Stone on the Pier: Green Memoirs and Stories from Donard 2008

Creator / Author: Compiled and edited by Pauline Devine

Item Type / Page count: Book / 94p

When Published: 2008

Publisher / Place of Publication: Donard, Co. Wicklow / Donard I.C.A. Co-ordinated Intergenerational Project.

About: This book  is the fruit of a project which began in 2005. It comprised three strands. Firstly, members of Donard I.C.A. and their friends wrote stories. Secondly, writer-in-residence, Pauline Devine interviewed and recorded the memoirs of senior citizens of the area. Lastly, the pupils of the local school engaged in local activities and wrote about their experiences under the supervision of their teachers. The themes of community and sustainability are strongly reflected in the pieces that appear in this book which was accompanied by project exhibitions held locally.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Foreword — Introduction — Contributors — Stone on the pier / Bridie Tyrrell — Neighbours / Mary Manley — Making music in hard times / Tommy Whittle — Local food from farm and river / Lily Allen — Earwigs in the house / Claire Walsh — Football in Donard – the glory years / Jack Flynn — Girl on a farm / Jude Kearney — ‘The old people had Gaelic’ / Bill Cullen — School, work and play in Coolamadra / Kit Walshe — The windy road to school / Bridget Whittle — Slow cooking / Lil Dwyer — Adventures in the open air / Jimmy Moore — Wholesome times / Margaret Fielder — Brown paper schoolbook covers / Maureen Quigley — Body clocks in time with the seasons / Nora Whelan — My first day at school / Mary Stynes — Granny’s Hat / Josephine Ryan — Children’s corner: stories and responses — The Irish Countrywomen’s Association in Donard / Maureen Quigley — List of sponsors.

Extra #1: includes several colour photographs of the contributors and historical black & white pictures of the locality.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.


Fourth Collection of Articles on West Wicklow History

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Full title: Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society: Number 4, 2007

Creator / Author: West Wicklow Historical Society & contributors, joint editors Chris Lawlor, Donal McDonnell

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 102p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: West Wicklow Historical Society / Baltinglass (?), Co. Wicklow.

About: The fourth publication of a set of articles on aspects of West Wicklow history. This issue covers locations from Blessington to Tinahely with contributions from natives of the area.

ID number(s): 0790-1739

Contents: Preface — Secretary’s Report — Not the usual suspects: some lesser-known books of West Wicklow interest / Richard B. Lennon — West Wicklow and the 1641 Rebellion / Chris Lawlor — Sons of the soil: aspects of the G.A.A. in Wicklow in the early 1890’s / John Glennon — Ar gCeanntar Dúchas / Peadar C. Ó Cuilinn — The West Wicklow Historical Society Officers 2007 — The eviction of the Ballylow tenants on the Blessington Estate in 1852 / Kathy Trant — A brief statistical analysis of Dunlavin Roman Catholic Parish from 1881 to 1901 / Chris Lawlor — Jennie Wyse Power 1858 -1941 / Marie O’ Neill — The ancient parish of Rathvilly / Kitty O’Toole — The Winnett Family of Baltinglass / Andrew Winnett — Tinahely over the century / Reverend Canon Henry Vaux Boake — John Thomond O’Brien Day in Baltinglass / Paul Gorry — Baltinglass Cattle Fairs / Stanley Jackson — The 1941 West Wicklow District Shield Rifle Competition / James Scannell — Some books relevant to West Wicklow (and environs) history published since 1990 / Chris Lawlor — A tribute to Baltinglass [poem] / Tommy Doyle — Glen of Imaal  Memorial — 1798 – 1803: Some monuments erected / restored in West Wicklow 1998 – 2003 [photo essay] — Humewood — Obituaries.

Extra #1: Contains many black & white photographs and graphs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide

Gathering up Kiltegan History

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Full title: Kiltegan : the Gathering 2013

Creator / Author: Kiltegan ‘Gathering’ Committee

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 56p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Kiltegan ‘Gathering’ Committee / Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow

About: A handsomely-produced booklet that uses ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ nationwide event as the focus for looking back at Kiltegan and aspects of its history. The booklet mainly contains short articles of 1-2 pages mostly written by Mary Hickson although several other people have contributed pieces as well.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: Apart from the subject matter, the booklet was printed in Baltinglass.

Chapters: Kiltegan – your own place — Kiltegan Village  — Early Kiltegan — The Hume connection with Kiltegan — Kilranelagh – Talbotstown — Michael Dwyer — Bicentenary of Saint Peter’s Church, Kiltegan (1806-2006) — Church of the Assumption, Tynock — St. Brigid’s Church, Talbotstown — Naomh Treasa National School, Tynock — Scoil Naomh Bríd, Talbotstown — St. Peter’s National School, Kiltegan — Memories of walking home from Tynock School in the 1960’s — St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, High Park — Slí an Chroí — The Kiltegan Village People (listing those living 70-80 years ago, 50 years ago and 25 years ago) — Kiltegan Village Crossroads — Kiltegan GAA Club — Kiltegan Camogie Club — Two Great Gaels — Kiltegan ICA — St. Tegan’s Hall — Kiltegan Drama — Set Dancing — St. Peter’s Parish Centre — Hill walking in the Kiltegan area — Emigration from Kiltegan — The human face of the recession — ‘Gathering’ Calendar of events 2013 — Bibliography.

Extra #1: includes numerous full colour & black/white photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

The Centenary Finals

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Full title: Cluichí Ceannais Peile an Chéid i bPairc an gConndae Eachdruim 16ú Mean Fomháir 1984

Creator / Author: Coiste Condae Chill Mhantáin

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 33p

When Published: 1984

Publisher / Place of Publication: Coiste Condae Chill Mhantáin / Aughrim(?), Co. Wicklow,

About: The official programme for the Wicklow County Football finals that were held in 1984, the centenary year of the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association. It contains much material of West Wicklow GAA interest.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Focal ón gCathaoirleach — County Final of ’54 — Vallymount Players 1984 — Moments of History — Gaelic Happenings Thirty Years Ago — The day Wicklow beat the ‘Pride of the West’ — Matt Byrne : Father of the Gaels — Club Secretaries 1886-1887 — Challenge for the Future / A. O’Broin — Tinahely Players 1984 — Centenary Championship Score-Board — Móin an Bhealaigh Highlights — The Long White Road (poem) — Three Men and a Century of Service (Charles S. Parnell, Luke O’Toole, Hugh Byrne) — Co. Football Championship Final 50 Years Ago.   

WW Connection #1: The Senior Football final featured two West Wicklow teams, Tinahely and Valleymount.   

WW Connection #2: The Intermediate Football final featured Lacken.

WW Connection #3: The foreword to the programme was written by Peter Keogh, the Kiltegan native who was the Chairman of the Wicklow GAA County Board.

WW Connection #4: Includes an article (with photo) about Matt Byrne from Baltinglass who was a stalwart of the early GAA movement and became Chairman of the Handball Association of Ireland.    

WW Connection #5: Includes an article by A. O’Broin (Hugh Byrne), the Rathdangan native who was a former President of the GAA.  

Extra #1: includes many photographs of GAA interest.

Our Very Own Hollywood

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Full title: Hollywood: a Wicklow Village

Creator / Author: Hollywood Local History Group

Item Type / Page count: Book / 72p

When Published: 1990

Publisher / Place of Publication: Hollywood Local History Group / Hollywood Co. Wicklow.

About: This book came about when the local guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) participated in a national Arts Award Scheme. Their participation resulted in this book and an exhibition of local photographs and other items of interest. It is a nice little example of a local history produced with local community involvement.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: An Introdution — Pre-history and early history — Hollywood since the Famine – Hollywood: its organisations and achievements — The local churches and religious affairs — Family names — Some odds and ends — Acknowledgements — References.

Extra #1: Contains maps, illustrations and photographs.

Extra #2: Contains a poem and a ballad on Gaelic Football matches.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #4: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Photographic Memories of Lacken & Further Afield

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Full title: Lacken G.F.C. Pictorial History

Creator / Author: Lacken G.F.C.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 178p

When Published: 2000

Publisher / Place of Publication: Lacken G.F.C. / Lacken, Co. Wicklow.

About: This A4 book is packed with photographs which go towards providing some documentary record of times past. Apart from Lacken, the photos extend to the wider West Wicklow area including Kilbride, Ballyknockan, Blessington, Hollywood, Valleymount, Donard and Dunlavin. Interviews with local people set the pictures in context and lots of other historical information is interspersed throughout.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Interviews: Essie Gallagher — Essie Hanlon — George Devoy –James (Leo) Carroll — Jack Gallagher — Mary Jane Murphy — Peg Clarke — Tom Jones — Walter Balfe — Dan Richardson — Cathy Tyrell — Kit Mahon — Pat Hanlon — Maisie Miley — Mrs. Brigid White — Tom and Cathy Carrol (including song about Michael Dwyer) — Lacken — General John C. O’Neill — Wart stones — The Bonfire stone — The Poulaphuca reservoir — Electric light in Lacken — The Liffey Scheme (song) — Census of Ballyinahown / Lacken 1901 — The Lord Mayor — St. Boden’s Holy Well — Bells in Church of Ireland Church in Blessington — Niall ‘Plunkett’ O’Boyle — Hampden Bomber crash site — The beautiful game (poem) — Lacken & New York — Rev. Fr. Richard Cantwell — Valleymount Parish News — Quaker burial ground in Baltyboys — Irish Folklore Commission — A sweat house (Carrigcurra) — A hedge school — Local weather observations — The blessed well — The Wicklow Vales (poem) — Bibliography.

Extra #1: Contains hundreds of photographs.

Extra #2: Contains maps and some songs, ballads and poems.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #4: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

The Sporting Life of Kiltegan Neighbourhood

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Full title: Gateway to Glory: a GAA Story. Rathdangan / Kiltegan 1886-1996

Creator / Author: Peter Keogh

Item Type / Page count: Book / 404p

When Published: 1997

Publisher / Place of Publication: Cumann Naomh Teagáin / Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow

About: This is the story of over 110 years of Gaelic Games and other sporting activities in the greater Rathdangan / Kiltegan area of West Wicklow.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Kiltegan.

Chapters: Foreword / Peadar MacEochaidh — Failte ón Cathaoirleach / Sean O’tuathail — Foreword to an as yet un-named master piece / Sean Boothman — Prologue — The beginning — Kiltegan at the turn of the century — Rathdangan [1886-1929] / Jim O’Toole — The faction fight — The big breakthrough [1930-1935] — The invincibles [1936-1948] — Time gentlemen! — The decline [1949-1961] – The chapel at Killamoate [poem / Tom Kelly] — Kiltegan at last [1929-1932] — Days of despair [1933-1943] — Rathdangan / Kiltegan united — The split — Kiltegan ’49 — Nicknames — Lean times in the 50’s — Barren years — Sowing the seeds — In lighter vein — Hurling hopefuls — Going places — Rebirth [1965-969] — Crowley capers — The seventies — A medal at last 1972 — Doogue days 1973 — Matt Finn intervenes — Juvenile interlude ’71 to ’84 — Harvey at the helm [1975-1979] — Decade of glory — 1984 Centenary year — 1986-The fabulous first — Hurling heroes — Joseph Keegan — The Nineties — The glory years [1993-1996] — Kiltegan [poem] / Jimmy Smullen — West awake — Michael Dwyers — Tynock — Ballybrack — The Shamrocks — Paying the piper — Kiltegan’s big day [poem] — Camogie in Kiltegan / Mary Kelly — The breakthrough — 1978: Wicklow reach All-Ireland semi-final — Wicklow county camogie victory (1978) — Kiltegan – first Leinster club champions — The eighties-the end of a glorious era — Those were the days — A new beginning — Ladies football — May McGuinness — Handball — Football for fun — The field — Team of the century – Personality parade — Hello to Rathdangan [poem]  — Referees — In far away fields — Other sports — Sean O’ Nolán 1871-1947 — Scór — High achievers — Club chairmen — Macra — Roll of honour — Sideline cuts — Records section — Advertising — Acknowledgement — Thanks / Sponsors — Epilogue / Micheál O’Foghlú.

Extra #1: includes numerous full colour & black/white photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

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