Tuesday 6 December 2016

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Published 22/12/2010 | 05:00

"Someone once described tradition as 'standing on the shoulders of giants and looking forward' and we think we have enough giants in our long history as a club to inspire us to develop a rich and lasting tradition as we head into the future" - Jim McGovern and John Wickham in the preface to their book, which celebrates the 125th anniversary of Wexford club, Glynn-Barntown.

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The GAA's Centenary Year (1984) saw the publication of dozens of club histories, which added greatly to the richness of the occasion. Now, many clubs are either celebrating or approaching their 125th anniversary and it's great to see that the desire to commit their history to print remains as strong as ever.

McGovern and Wickham have done a fine job for Glynn-Barntown and, no doubt, there will be many others emerging from elsewhere over the next few years.

Still on the club scene, Ballintubber's great year, in which they charted their way to a first Mayo senior football title, has been captured in a documentary to be screened on TG4 on Wednesday, December 29 (7.15). It sounds interesting.

Irish Independent

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