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Oral History

Members of Ballingarry GAA Club

Members of Ballingarry GAA Club discuss their involvement with the GAA and their passion for hurling and football. They explain how the location of Ballingarry close to the Kilkenny border has affected the club, and they outline the history of the club. They consider how the GAA has acted as a unifying force in their locality, and across the nation, in the wake of the civil war. They also describe their earliest memories of attending matches and the involvement of various family members in the organisation. In addition, they mention several individuals who have significantly influenced their club, for example Dan O'Connor and Monsignor Peter O'Sullivan. They explain how they formation of a rugby club in Ballingarry in 1970 was a factor in the GAA club's opposition to the lifting of the ban on foreign games and dances, and they consider how the lifting of the ban and the opening of Croke Park has impacted on the organisation.