A Look Back at Carlow GAA by Paul Donaghy (RIP), August 2009

“Consider the GAA Community the Original Band of Brothers”


Paul Donaghy – SPORTS JOURNALIST

Preamble: In August 2009, Carlow GAA celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the GAA with a magnificent exhibition in Netwatch Cullen Park in partnership with Carlow County Museum and the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. The exhibition was launched by Christy Cooney, Uachtarán Cumann Luthcleas Gael. As part of the exhibition Paul Donaghy, well know Carlow sports journalist and supporter of the exhibition, then writing for the Carlow People and formerly of the Carlow Nationalist, was asked to write a short summary piece of Carlow GAA. In his immutable style Paul wrote the following excellent expressive summary.

The stand at Netwatch Cullen Park
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Carlow GAA 125th Anniversary Exhibition

“the exhibition will bring back wonderful memories to everybody in Carlow, not alone players, but family of players and current day players who will get inspiration from seeing their heroes of yester year”

Christy Cooney, Uachtarán Cumann Luthcleas Gael. 2009 – 2012

The highlight of Carlow’s Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) 125th Anniversary celebrations in 2009 was the magnificent eleven-day county exhibition in Netwatch Cullen Park in late August, coinciding with Heritage Week. Coiste Chontae Ceatharlach (Carlow County GAA Board) developed this temporary exhibition in partnership with Carlow County Museum and the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. This temporary exhibition has concluded but parts of the exhibition have been incorporated into the main museum exhibitions.

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Museum volunteer recognised by Carlow GAA for outstanding service.

January 2019

On Saturday the 19th January Carlow GAA held their 29th annual Awards Night in Mt. Wolsley. One of Carlow County Museums own volunteers, Seán O’ Reilly, was recognised and awarded for his outstanding service to Carlow GAA.

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