Seamus Leahy

Seamus Leahy discusses the Tubberadora hurling team. He recalls local lore regarding the team and its style of play. He talks about the influence that sports writers had in his younger days, referencing a number of writers. Seamus analyses the intermingling of the GAA and the world of Irish politics in the 1920s, referencing the War of Independence and the Civil War. He recalls tales he heard of hurlers from the past, and the role of folklore in Irish culture. Seamus recalls the years of the Second World War, and also discusses his own school days. He describes hurling matches that were organised during his childhood. He discusses the attitude to Gaelic football in the Nenagh area, providing an historical oversight of the game in the area. He also recalls other, non Gaelic, sports that were played in the area. Seamus provides a summary of the history of the GAA clubs in Nenagh, detailing how the present Éire Óg club came into being. He discusses the differences between town and rural clubs, before talking about his time in UCD, where he played hurling. Seamus describes his time in the Republican movement, analysing the ideologies of the time. He proceeds to discuss his time teaching in Africa. He details events which occurred there, and describes listening to All-Ireland finals on the radio. He concludes by discussing his time teaching in Rockwell College, describing the relationship between rugby and GAA in the college during his time there.

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