A Place to Play: The People and Stories Behind 101 GAA Grounds
A richly illustrated and vibrant history of GAA stadia in all 32 counties and beyond, featuring all-new drone photography and wide-ranging and hugely entertaining historical information about each location
In every province and county in Ireland, GAA grounds are cornerstones of culture and community. They are imbued with history and their terraces echo with the sounds of decades, even centuries, of spirited sporting battles.
In this book, the first of its kind, Humphrey Kelleher has created a vibrant record of 101 GAA county grounds in every corner of the country.
Each GAA ground featured has served as a county ground at some stage in its lifetime. Named for saints, landowners, political figures and more, every one has a unique and absorbing history. Alongside this fascinating information, the author chronicles the development of the grounds over the years, and the often surprising ways that funds were raised to do so.
All thirty-two counties feature, and it doesn’t stop there; the book also takes us to London and to New York, where the grounds reflect the lasting and far-reaching influence of the GAA beyond these borders.
With stunning new aerial drone photography by the author, this exceptional book offers an insightful new perspective on the places our GAA clubs and counties call home.
About the Author
Humphrey Kelleher is a GAA man to the core, with a particular passion for hurling. He managed the Dublin senior hurling team in 2004 and 2005, and has successfully coached a number of Dublin club hurling teams. He represented his native Waterford in hurling and football at various levels, and spent most of his working life in Dublin with the Bank of Ireland. He was co-author of the ‘Dublin Hurling Blueprint’ (2001) and author of GAA Family Silver: The People and Stories Behind 101 Cups and Trophies (2013).
Clare – Ennis – Daly Tulla – Miltown Malbay
Cork – Páirc Ui Chaoimh – Páirc Uí Rinn – Fermoy – Mallow
Kerry – Killarney – Listowel – Tralee
Limerick – Páirc na nGael Limerick – Askeaton – Sean MacGerailt Kilmallock
Tipperary – Clonmel – Thurles – McDonagh Nenagh
Waterford – Walsh Park Waterford – Fraher Field Dungarvan
Carlow – Bagenalstown – Dr Cullen Park Carlow – Tullow
Dublin – Croke Park – Parnell Park – O’Toole Park
Kildare – Geraldine Park Athy – Naas – Newbridge
Kilkenny – Nowlan Park Kilkenny – St Lachtain’s Freshford – Locke Callan
Laois – O’Moore Portlaoise – Fr Breen Abbeyleix – Kelly Daly Rathdowney
Longford – Pease Park Longford – Leo Casey Ballymahon
Louth – St Mary’s Ardee – St Brigid’s Dowdallshill Dundalk – Drogheda
Meath – Páirc Tailteann Navan – Colmcille Kells – St Loman’s Trim – Kilmessan
Offaly – Páirc Park Tullamore – St Brendan’s Birr
Westmeath – Pairc Chiaran Athlone –Mullingar
Wexford – Wexford Park – Enniscorthy – New Ross
Wicklow – Arklow –Aughrim –Ashford
Galway – Kenny Athenry – Duggan Ballinasloe – Pearse Stadium Galway – Tuam
Leitrim – St Mary’s Cloone – Sean O’Heslin’s Ballinamore – Sean MacDiarmada Carrick-on-Shannon
Mayo – Castlebar – O’Hara Charlestown – Stephens Ballina
Roscommon – Hyde Park – Athleague – St Brigid’s Kiltoom
Sligo – Markievicz Park Sligo – Kilcoyne Tubbercurry – Corran Ballymote
Armagh – Armagh – Davitt Lurgan – Crossmaglen
Antrim – Casement Park Belfast – Loughgiel – Corrigan Park Belfast – McQuillan Ballycastle
Cavan – Breffni Park Cavan – Cootehill – Kingscourt
Derry – Celtic Park Derry – Owenbeg – Ballinascreen – O’Donovan Rossa Magherafelt
Donegal – MacCumhaill Ballybofey – O’Donnell Letterkenny – Ballyshannon
Down – Newry – Newcastle – Ballycran
Fermanagh – Brewster Enniskillen – Lisnaskea – St Molaise Irvinestown
Monaghan – Clones – Castleblayney – Emmett Carricmacross – Iniskeen
Tyrone – Fr Campbell Coalisland – Healy Omagh – Plunkett Pomeroy – Dungannon
New York – Gaelic Park, Bronx
London – McGovern Park Ruislip