Final preperations are under way in the north Longford town of Granard this week to launch a very special publication on the historical and cultural role of the local GAA club. This unique event takes place on Friday, March 15 next at St Mary’s Clubhouse and grounds in Higginstown on the outskirts of the town of Granard at 7pm.
‘The Granard GAA story – 125 Years’ chronicles the history of GAA activities in Granard since 1888, and as a background to the story, the book also charts the history of Co Longford GAA and the social and economic backdrop to the parish of Granard and its neighbouring parishes. The project also received Leader Funding through Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL).
“We could not have done this publication if it were not for the access granted by the Longford Leader to its archives – something we are eternally grateful for,” PRO St Mary’s GAA, Séan Tynan added. “We extend an open invitation to all interested parties to the launch and the book itself celebrates 125 years since St Mary’s GAA club was first established.”
The book has been two years in the making and was initiated by Matt Smith, who, when observing the impressive memrobilia along the clubhouse walls one evening, remarked that there was a book in the making. “It was the day of the opening of the clubhouse and Matt Smith was looking at the diplay of photographs and events on the walls of the clubhouse, which dated right back to the club’s humble beginnings and he said, let’s do a book,” Mr Tynan continued. “So, here we are - the book is 600 pages and will cost €25.”
Speakers at the launch will include Andrew Gettings (club chairman); Seamus Finnan (book committee chairman); Rogie Martin (club president), who will officially launch book; Martin Skelly (Leinster chairman); Brendan Gilmore, Martin Morris ( Longford Archivist) and local poet Noel Monaghan will also be on hand to read a poem that he wrote for the publication.
All proceeds from the book will go towards the club and the next project for St Mary’s GAA will be the installation of a new state of the art electronic scoreboard.