Early GAA in Kerry

Dr. Richard McElligott is a native of the Stacks Mountain, Kilflynn, Co. Kerry and lectures in Irish history in UCD. He is also the chairman of the Sport History Ireland Society. Richard has completed a PhD on 'The Establishment and Development of the GAA in Kerry, 1884-1924' with the Department of History and the Archives in UCD.

He is the author of Forging a Kingdom � The GAA in Kerry 1884�1934, which was published by The Collins Press in October 2013.

Forging a Kingdom - The GAA in Kerry 1884-1934

October 17th, 2013
Richard McElligott describes the different aspects of his book - Forging a Kingdom - The GAA in Kerry, 1884-1934. 1) How and why did the book come about, surely this story has been told before? Still a lack of ... more»

The wind that shook the Farney

October 11th, 2013
Source: The Irish Times The Civil War has been on my mind for another reason this week, because among the windfall of autumn books that have fluttered into my mail-box lately is one called Forging a Kingdom: The GAA ... more»

Cynical play - Kerry are old hands at it

August 30th, 2013
Source: The Irish Examiner The recent controversy concerning Sean Cavanagh has again brought the issue of cynical play in Gaelic games into the national spotlight. Moreover, it is just the latest instalment in a ... more»

The GAA and Rugby Football in Kerry 1885-1905

October 19th, 2011
'Degenerating, from sterling Irishmen into contemptible West Britons' Kerry is the most successful county in the history of Gaelic Football. Since its inaugural victory in 1903, the county has retained the All Ireland ... more»

The Tralee GAA Sports of 1885 and the Fight for Irish Athletics

October 19th, 2011
Politics or Play? On the 17 June 1885, Kerry hosted its first ever GAA event; an athletics meeting in Tralee. Significant as this was in a local context, heralding the start of Kerry's long and historic connection with ... more»

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