#OTD in 1847 – Birth of teacher and founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Michael Cusack, in Co Clare.

Michael Cusack was born in the parish of Carron on the eastern fringe of the Burren in north Clare. He lived in a small cottage with his parents, four brothers and one sister. The Cusack homestead still stands today. Little is know of his childhood. On Sundays after Mass, Cusack and the other boys in […]

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#OTD in 1954 – Birth of hurling manager and former player, Brian Cody, in Sheestown, Co Kilkenny.

Educated at the local national school in Kilkenny, Brian Cody later boarded at St. Kieran’s College. After completing his Leaving Certificate he attended St. Patrick’s College in Dublin where he qualified as a primary school teacher. He later worked as a teacher at St. Patrick’s De La Salle national school in Kilkenny, before serving as […]

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The Legend of Cú Chulainn

There are a number of versions of the story of Cú Chulainn’s birth. In the earliest version of Compert C(h)on Culainn (The Conception of Cú Chulainn), his mother Deichtine is the daughter and charioteer of Conchobar mac Nessa, king of Ulster, and accompanies him as he and the nobles of Ulster hunt a flock of […]

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1884 – Founding of the Gaelic Athletic Association in the Hayes’s Hotel in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Michael Cusack convenes the first meeting of the ‘Gaelic Athletic Association for the Preservation and Cultivation of national Pastimes’ in Hayes’ Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Cusack could never have envisioned that the GAA would develop into the largest amateur sports organisation in the world. His legacy can be viewed every September when more than 80,000 […]

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Hurling Mad!

Hurling is believed to be the world’s oldest field game. The Celts arrived in Ireland as early as 500BC and they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes. One of these pastimes was a game now called hurling. It features in Irish folklore to illustrate the deeds of […]

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1954 – Birth of Brian Cody in Sheestown, Co Kilkenny. He is a hurling manager and former player. He has been the manager of the Kilkenny senior team since 1998, where he has since become the county’s longest-serving manager and most successful in terms of major titles won. Cody is regarded as the greatest manager in the history of the game.

Educated at the local national school in Kilkenny, Brian Cody later boarded at St. Kieran’s College. After completing his Leaving Certificate he attended St. Patrick’s College in Dublin where he qualified as a primary school teacher. He later worked as a teacher at St. Patrick’s De La Salle national school in Kilkenny, before serving as […]

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1884 – Founding of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Hayes’ Hotel in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Michael Cusack convenes the first meeting of the ‘Gaelic Athletic Association for the Preservation and Cultivation of national Pastimes’ in Hayes’ Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Cusack could never have envisioned that the GAA would develop into the largest amateur sports organisation in the world. His legacy can be viewed every September when more than 70,000 […]

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Hurling Mad!

Hurling is believed to be the world’s oldest field game. The Celts arrived in Ireland as early as 500BC and they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes. One of these pastimes was a game now called hurling. It features in Irish folklore to illustrate the deeds of […]

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Today in Irish History – 12th February:

1722 – Thomas Burgh, MP for Naas, and Richard Stewart, MP for Strabane, receive the first £2,000 of £8,000 from the Irish parliament for operating their colliery at Ballycastle, Co. Antrim. 1782 – The right of habeas corpus is introduced in Ireland. 1818 – Bernardo O’Higgins formally approved the Chilean Declaration of Independence near Concepción, […]

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