GAA Oral History – Faughs Interviews

About the GAA oral history project

The GAA Oral History Project was commissioned by the GAA as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations in 2009. The aim of the project was to record, collect and preserve the memories, stories and opinions of the people involved in the GAA.

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Below are a selection of interviews related to Faughs or Celtic Camogie history.

Eileen Malone, daughter of Tommy Moore

Eileen Malone recalls her earliest memory of the GAA. She talks about the Faughs GAA club, and recalls some of the significant figures in GAA history that her father knew. She recalls the family shop and pub, and recounts All-Ireland weekends when relations from Kilkenny would stay in their house. Eileen speaks about her mother’s involvement in the GAA, and discusses the attitude to the involvement of women in the GAA when she was growing up. She discusses her father’s commitment to the GAA, particularly the Faughs club. She also talks about his political affiliations. 

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Eithne Neville, daughter of Mick Neville

Eithne Neville discusses her lifelong involvement in camogie in Limerick and Dublin. She recounts the playing career of her father, Mick Neville, who won All-Ireland hurling medals with Dublin. She describes her own playing career with UCD in the 50s and her participation in the Ashbourne Cup, and she explains her role in reforming a camogie club in Kilfinny and in starting a county board in Limerick.

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Tony Herbert

Tony Herbert shares his memories from a lifetime’s involvement with the GAA. Born in Limerick in 1920, he grew up in a time of strife when money was scarce and things were volatile politically, with sporadic violence breaking out and many people on the run from the authorities. Tony played hurling with his local club Ahane, who boasted many fine hurlers. The game was quite physical at the time but he was a talented player who went on to represent his school in different competitions. He played for Limerick for many years until he moved to Dublin in the 1940s, where he played for the Faughs club and the county team. Tony recalls travelling all over the country for games and encountering many of the GAA greats on his travels.

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Eileen Duffy O’Mahony, Celtic Camogie

Eileen Duffy O’Mahony talks about her long involvement with camogie in Ireland. She recalls growing up in Dublin at a time when either hockey or camogie was played in schools. She soon became involved in camogie, joining the Celtic club which was based in Coolock. There she made many friends and developed a social network that would endure through many years. She went on to represent Dublin, travelling around the country and beyond, and winning All-Ireland medals along the way.

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