Monday 18 December 2017

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Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

IT'S fitting that Armagh's record-breaking achievements should be recorded for posterity in book form and while neither Brian Carthy nor Jerome Quinn have confined their latest works solely to the exploits of Joe Kernan's squad, they have made them the centrepiece.

Joe Meets Sam is the title of Quinn's offering which covers Armagh's glory trail through an amazing summer.

There's more too as it was, of course, a ground-breaking year for Tyrone who captured the National League title for the first time in their history while Ballinderry brought the All-Ireland club title back to Derry.

Quinn's book is a celebration of the very best of Ulster football and hurling and as well as covering all aspects of an amazing year for northern teams, he also provides an extensive statistical record which will be of big interest to those who study GAA facts and figures.

An all round quality production, nicely crafted by Quinn.

Brian Carthy's The Championship is his eighth successive account of the big summer action, a series which has built into a vital part of every GAA fan's library.

All the teams and scorers in the hurling and football championship matches are recorded in a fine colour production while there are also accounts of the major games, plus a special 16-page special feature on Kieran McGeeney.

Carthy's annual review of the championship is a valuable contribution to the GAA scene, serving as the definitive historical guide to the games which enthrall thousands of people from May to September.

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