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Martin Quigley

Martin Quigley, a footballer and hurler with Wexford in the 1970s and 80s, outlines his introduction to Gaelic games at home and, subsequently, at St. Peter’s College, where, following in the footsteps of his older brothers, he enjoyed huge success. St. Peter’s and his brothers’ example would shape the expectations of his future career. Quigley discusses his involvement with Wexford hurling and football teams throughout 1970s and 80s shedding light on some of the major events and personalities who dominated that era. Success at inter-county level was eclipsed by that with his club. Quigley charts his involvement in a glorious era for Rathnure hurling, albeit one that failed to deliver an All-Ireland club title. Furthermore, he compares and contrasts the GAA scene in Rathnure (where he played until he was 40) with that in St. Martin’s, club in which his sons, and subsequently he himself, became involved. In doing so, Quigley points to issues of assimilation, facilities, volunteerism and duality. Finally, Quigley reflects on the highs and lows of his sporting career, travels with the All-Stars in the 1970s and the support of his wife and family.

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