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The Hurlers


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The gripping story of the politics, the intrigue and the rows behind the rebirth of hurling.

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Paul Rouse lectures in Irish history and sports history at University College Dublin, and writes a column on sport for the Irish Examiner.


Fascinating ... a brilliantly researched book on hurling in the early years of the GAA
*Martin Breheny, Irish Independent*

I heartily recommend it. Great picture of the emergence of modern Ireland amidst sport, nationalism, priests and assorted crazy hotheads ... Brilliant stuff
*Dara Ó Briain*

A story of pioneerism, passion, intrigue, skulduggery and commitment ... a must read for the many sports, and particularly hurling, supporters and admirers in today's version of Ireland
*Irish Times*

Brilliantly entertaining ... not just the gripping account of that first championship, but also of how the game of hurling itself was saved in the 1880s from what seemed certain extinction
*Sunday Independent*

*Irish Examiner*

Both a sports and a history book, full of wonderful stories from a different time, with tales of passion, skullduggery and controversy, played out against the backdrop of what could be described as a civil war within the GAA and a land war that threatened to rip the country apart
*RTE Culture*

A brilliant piece of work
*Matt Cooper*

Can't recommend this enough. Amazing detail, brilliant story telling, full sweep of Irish life in the 1880's and all the seeds and fault lines of GAA life today brought to life
*Ger Gilroy*

*Irish Times*

*Irish Examiner*

A page turner that continues to deliver chapter after chapter ... The Hurlers is a must read
*Limerick Leader*

A superbly readable account ... an authoritative and seriously entertaining book
*Ireland's Own*

Marries forensic historical research of the cultural and political contexts for the emergence of modern hurling with a polished style and storytelling ability that is rare among historians
*Irish Times Books of the Year*

The perfect read for a brilliant hurling year
*Irish Independent Top Books of 2018*

*Sunday Times*

A vital look into the early years of the GAA and a perfect gift for both sport and history lovers
*Mail on Sunday Books of 2018*

Marvellous ... the definitive account of this remarkable period when hurling came to life
*Clonmel Nationalist*

Flows along far more merrily and lightly than any history book has a right to and is especially enlightening when it comes to drawing the founding fathers Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin
*Irish Times, Sports Books of 2018*

*Irish News*

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