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Book Launch - Sam Maguire, The Man and The Cup

Posted: 30 November, 2017

Join us for the launch of the book 'Sam Maguire: The Man and The Cup' by former DIT Lecturer, Kieran Connolly in DIT Aungier Street on Wednesday 6 December.

Book Launch - Sam Maguire

Originally from a Church of Ireland family in West Cork, Sam Maguire played a leading role in the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) in London before and during the War of Independence in 1919–1921 when he was the main agent of Michael Collins in London. This book describes his role in the GAA and the IRB. It tells of his tragic final years when he returned to Ireland in 1923, was later dismissed from his job in the post office and died penniless from Tuberculosis in 1927. However, his friends recognised his significant contribution and decided to give a cup to the GAA to perpetuate his memory: the Sam Maguire Cup. The book recounts who they were, the origins of the design of the cup and the story of its creation. The final chapters describe the most notable All-Ireland football finals and interesting facts and figures about them such as the first penalty, players who have been presented with the cup twice and players who have lost four finals without winning one.

Kieran Connolly is, like Sam Maguire, a native of Dunmanway in West Cork though he has lived a stone's throw from Croke Park and worked in Dublin since the late 1970s. He is an enthusiastic history buff and this is his first book.

Admission is free and all are welcome. 

Event Details: 

Book Launch - Sam Maguire: The Man and The Cup

Wednesday 6 December, 6pm

Management House, 1st Floor, DIT Aungier Street