Teddy Martin

Teddy Martin begins the interview by recalling the 1953 All-Ireland football final between Armagh and Kerry, a game he listened to on radio in Davitt Park in Lurgan. His own played days with the Clan na Gael club and at school are discussed – up to and including Minor level – as are the influence of Harry McGarry on underage development and the prevalence of amalgamated teams in Armagh competitions. Martin emphasises the importance of clubs and schools on the development of Gaelic football in Lurgan, noting in particular the contribution of St. Paul’s – a school which opened in 1962 – to the future success of the Clan na Gael club in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Injury ended Martin’s playing career at an early age and the interview charts his move into club and county administration, offering insights into the organisation of the GAA in Armagh and the contribution of volunteers to players and infrastructural developments. Finally, Martin reflects on his lifetime involved with the GAA and what he has derived from it. He also looks confidently to the future, remarking on the number and quality of individuals becoming involved in club administration with Clan na Gael.

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