Marcus de Búrca

Marcus de Búrca talks about his childhood and growing up very close to Croke Park. He talks about his family especially his father. His father was in Croke Park on the 21st November 1920, Bloody Sunday. He talks about playing for St. Patrick’s school, Crokes Club and UCD. He played both hurling and football but never played a senior game. He reported on GAA matches for the Irish Independent. In 1967, he published “The Life of John O’Leary. The book looked at the links between the GAA and the Fenians. He talks about writing the book, “The GAA: A History” and the impact his involvement had on his family life. He talks about the role of volunteers in the organisation and also the important role women play in the GAA. He talks about the various presidents of the association down through the years and voices his opinion on whether they did a good job or not. He also discusses some of the future challenges facing the GAA.

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