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GAA Oral History Project
The GAA Oral History Project, based in Boston College-Ireland, has been commissioned by the GAA as part of its 125th Anniversary celebrations. The project aims to record the fullest possible picture of what the GAA has meant to the Irish people, in their own words. The project will record face-to-face interviews with thousands of people in Ireland and internationally, including GAA members and supporters and anyone who has ever had any contact or involvement with the GAA.
The history of the GAA is a people’s history. In an organisation of volunteers, the thoughts of ordinary members and supporters should be recorded along with those of champions and high-level officials. We have alive in Ireland today a group of people who can tell us exactly what it was like to play hurling with Christy Ring, or cycle to Croke Park from Kerry for the All-Ireland final. We need to preserve as many of those voices as we can.
The project aims to represent the views, opinions and memories of the members of all the organisations under the umbrella of the GAA, including Ladies Football, Camogie, Handball, Rounders and Scόr.
The project aims to record the widest possible selection of interviews, we can create an unmatched resource for ourselves and for future generations. In addition, in order to reach the largest number of people possible, the GAA Oral History Project is also providing questionnaires for people to fill out or people can simply send the project a letter or email about the place of the GAA in their lives.
We want to hear the opinions and stories of everyone, not just Irish people at home, but Irish people abroad and also people of different nationalities who have lived in Ireland or come in contact with the GAA at some point. This project is designed to be all encompassing – we want to develop an archive that represents every viewpoint on the GAA, good, bad and indifferent. You do not have to know a lot about the GAA or have a lot to say to take part. Without your help, your story and the story of your club and your county cannot be told.