Forging a Kingdom: The GAA in Kerry 1884-1934

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Charts the development of the GAA in County Kerry, Ireland and how it became the county's most popular sporting organization. Links with cultural and revolutionary movements, the role of the county's GAA in the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and Civil War, and the effects of political violence on the Kerry GAA are outlined. This is an absorbing insight into the world of the GAA in Kerry from its origins in pre-independence Ireland.

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Richard McElligott, from Stacks Mountain, Kilflynn Co. Kerry, completed his PhD on the early history of the GAA with the School of History and Archives in UCD. Currently an evening lecturer and teaching assistant in the School, he is chairman of the Sports History Ireland Society. A passionate GAA fan, Richard decided to chronicle the early history of the GAA in Kerry to compensate for being the worst underage hurler and footballer ever seen in north Kerry.

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'Detailed and dense - excellent' Books Ireland 'Thoughtful examination of Kerry society at the time.' Kerry's Eye 'Terrific detail' The Irish Times 'One of the most authoritative and informative and deserves a wide readership.' Irish Catholic

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