Martin Nevin

Martin Nevin talks about his involvement in the GAA over the years and the place of the Association in his village of Leighlinbridge. He talks about being born in the village in 1939 and what life was like in Carlow. He describes how there are three GAA clubs in the parish and talks about the history of these clubs. Martin talks about the different rivalries around the county and who he considers to be his club’s biggest rivals. He discusses his family’s involvement in the GAA and going to matches with his brothers and how they got there. Martin talks about the impact of emigration in Carlow and the effect of the Famine on the region. He describes his brother’s role in setting up a GAA club in Toronto in Canada. He notes the high number of well-known people that have come from Leighlinbridge and their various pasts. He talks about the link between the GAA and politics and gives his opinion on this. Towards the end of the interview, Martin discusses what the GAA has meant to him and the place that the Association has in the community.

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