Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story Volume 1 1884 – 1959 is a truly fascinating publication that is over 500 pages, packed with facts, figures and photos about the club situated here in Thurles, the home and birthplace of the GAA.
‘As Long as Gaelic Games are played, Thurles will be synonymous with the GAA and in truth, how could it be any other way? Of those men of vision who gathered in Thurles in 1884 to set in train a movement that thrives today, no fewer then five of them hailed from this locality. That the town was chosen for the meeting in the first place has ensured its place in the annals of GAA history for evermore. Of course this was only the start of the Thurles contribution to the GAA story and by no means the end of it’ – Aogan O Fearghail, GAA President.
Liam O Donnchu is a native of Hollyford, County Tipperary. Having spent over four decades as a primary teacher, Liam, now retired, is director of Lar na Pairce , the museum of Gaelic Games in Thurles and P.R.O. of Semple Stadium. He is a former player, secretary and chairman Thurles Sarsfields Gaa Club and at present its Vice-president.
He is author of such publications as ‘Tom Semple and the Thurles Blues‘, ‘Pouldine School – Inne agus Inniu‘ , co-author of ‘Tipperary’s GAA Ballads’, ‘Horse & Jockey – a Pictorial Record‘ and numerous articles on Gaelic Games.