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Mon 12-Feb-2007 8:56
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Winners of Seán Óg's
'The Dubs - Dublin GAA since the 1940s'
A former Dublin footballer is standing in the general election. Name the player and the constituency
The correct answer was the former Dubs' goalkeeper John O'Leary who is standing - or running, depending on your point of view - for Fianna Fáil in Dublin North.
The lucky winners are:
Sean Mac Aogain
Comhgháirdeas! Books on the way later this week.
Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin's book on Dublin GAA is beautifully written, comprehensive and very well illustrated.
Like the man himself, the book is a treasure.
traces the ups and downs of the Dublin hurling and football teams during and since World War II. With a text by the unique Sean Og O Ceallachain, himself a former senior Dublin player and one of Ireland's best loved broadcasters, this beautifully illustrated book is an ideal guide to the fortunes of the GAA in Dublin over sixty years.
The book charts the glorious hurling years of the 1940s, 50s and 60s when the Dubs' featured in no less than six All-Ireland finals, and of course those wonderful and colourful September Sundays of the 1970s that witnessed great rivalry between Dublin and Kerry. Those heart-stopping confrontations brought a new dimension to Gaelic football and brought the crowds flocking to Croke Park for their epic battles.
The book also recounts the never forgotten four-game saga of 1991 between Dublin and Meath. Rivalry between the two counties was intense and on a summer's afternoon, after playing three heroic games, the two teams lined out for a fourth in front of a crowd of over 61,000. The following 70 minutes were some of the most anticipated in GAA history and the Dubs' loss by a single point illustrates how fiercely the battle was fought.
The Dubs provides an excellent reflection on how the fortunes of Gaelic games have ebbed and flowed in Dublin down through the years as well as a wonderful trip down memory lane into GAA history and politics.
Sean Og O Ceallachain, now in his eighties, is a journalist, author and broadcaster. His Sunday night result programme on RTE radio, Gaelic Sports Results, is now the longest continuously broadcast radio feature in the world.
Thanks to the publishers Gill & McMillan for giving us 5 copies to give away in our next competition.
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