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Oral History

Harry Greensmyth

Harry Greensmyth shares his GAA memories from down the years. He grew up in Limerick, an area dominated by hurling. Although there were no underage structures at the time he loved to play with his friends and at school. He recalls the great Tipperary-Cork rivalry of the 1950s and watching them battle it out at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. When he was older Harry played for his local club South Liberties. He also worked on the histories of local clubs and wrote match reports for the local newspapers. At administrative level, he did PRO work for his club and for the Limerick County Board, and was also involved in Bord na nÓg and in Scór in the Limerick area. When he was younger Harry spent some years working and living in London, where attending GAA games on a Sunday was the highlight of his week. He talks about all aspects of his GAA experiences through the years, reflects on how the Association has changed and on how rugby has managed to gain a strong foothold in Limerick City, and discusses what he feels are the future prospects for the GAA.