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Half-Time Oranges: Joe Rock (1927-2016)

Half-Time Oranges: Joe Rock (1927-2016)

The Rock family from Dublin are to be the recipients of the 2022 GAA President's Awards. Joe Rock was a Croke Park legend prior to his death at the age of 90 in 2016. A grand uncle of Dublin All-Star forward, Dean Rock, Joe worked at Croke Park since the age of six,...
Father Edwin Fitzgibbon & Doctor George Sigerson: The Monk & The Poet

Father Edwin Fitzgibbon & Doctor George Sigerson: The Monk & The Poet

The story behind Dr George Sigerson and Father Edwin Fitzgibbon, whose trophies are competed for annually by the top division GAA teams from the Higher Education. The two men were of a decidedly intellectual bent but, until recently, their work and influence has been...
Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy – For Whom the Cups are Named

Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy – For Whom the Cups are Named

MacCarthy and Maguire are household names on account of the All-Ireland cups for hurling and football which are named in their honour. But few know just how intricately both men were linked with the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the assassination of Sir Henry Wilson...

Thomas St. George MacCarthy (1862-1943)

Thomas ST. George MacCarthy (1862-1943) DISTRICT INSPECTOR, RIC A founder member of the GAA – airbrushed from history because of his membership of the Crown forces – was rehabilitated in 2009 as part of the “Re-dedication of Founder’s Graves” programme to mark the...

The Hon. Charles Spencer Cowper (1816-1879)

THE HON. CHARLES SPENCER COWPER (1816 – 1879) Spencer Cowper – Two Prime Minsiters, Two Wives Charles Spencer Cowper was the third and youngest son of the 5th Earl Cowper by his marriage to Emily Lamb, sister of British Prime Minister Lord Melbourne. Born in 1816,...