Club, Sweat and Tears: The Newtown Story

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Every county in Ireland has its fabled GAA club. Often in a small parish, it is centred around a village and creamery. Newtownshandrum is one such club. How did this small club rise from near total obscurity to national renown in a period of ten years? How could half a rural parish with a population of 800 produce a team to beat the best? Irish Examiner GAA correspondent Diarmuid O'Flynn uncovers the inside, intimate story. He discovers part of the answer lies in tradition but just as important is the role of ...
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Overview

Every county in Ireland has its fabled GAA club. Often in a small parish, it is centred around a village and creamery. Newtownshandrum is one such club. How did this small club rise from near total obscurity to national renown in a period of ten years? How could half a rural parish with a population of 800 produce a team to beat the best? Irish Examiner GAA correspondent Diarmuid O'Flynn uncovers the inside, intimate story. He discovers part of the answer lies in tradition but just as important is the role of fate, the confluence of other separate, ultimately binding events.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905172283
  • Publisher: Collins Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/19/2007
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The journey
1 The early years 4
2 The creamery 11
3 The emigrant - John Twomey 19
4 The emigrant returned 27
5 John Buckley 36
6 The school - the schoolmaster 44
7 The clergy 52
8 Dromina - the other half of the parish 58
9 Ballyhea - the rivals 62
10 Kathleen O'Mahony/O'Connor 68
Pt. 2 The final furlong
11 1996 - intermediate county champions 75
12 2000 - first county senior title 80
13 2003 - county champions, Munster champions 91
Pt. 3 Bernie and the twins
14 Bernie O'Connor 129
15 The twins 142
Pt. 4 The summary
16 Chris Morrissey 163
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