A limited edition copy ( from the 2000 published) of a handosme and unique view of an institution that is at the heart of most Irish communities - the GAA pitch. Limerick native and photographer Paul O'carroll travelled around all 32 conties , in all seasons , and captured images from every county. Independently published to the highest quality, it was one of the picture books of the year. A handsome piece of book production , full of striking images. It also makes an ideal gift for anyone with an interest in the GAA, photography, or rural Ireland.
All copies are signed and dated by the photographer, Paul O'Carroll. All copies are brand new and in mint condition.
The photographer , in his own words - I spent the last 7 years traveling 31,000miles throughout Ireland taking photos of Irelands Gaelic games. Instead of focusing solely on the action of a game I have encorporated the backdrop of each field into the picture (To put the travel in perspective the circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles!).
I have been to the 32 counties on the island to ensure that each one has at least a picture featured in the book.
This is the first photography documentary to exclusively focus on the grassroots of Gaelic games and their surroundings. More than a story of play at the local level, it highlights the power of sport to bind people and create community identity.
For the narrative of the book I have imprinted the rituals, decisive moments and flow of a Gaelic club game on to the unique Irish countryside, urban landscapes and scores of locations in between. The four seasons and all elements of Irish weather are interwoven in a snapshot of each city, town’s land, people and team.
Football, hurling, camogie and ladies football games are photographed at all adult levels in every county. These are Irelands national sports and are the most played in the land.
I set out to explore the position of the Gaelic club, its field and surroundings. Seven years later I discovered a vibrant and important grassroots sporting movement in a variety of locations which traverse the 32 counties of the island of Ireland. It is a movement which is volunteer driven with players receiving no pay. It has withstood the social and monetary ills of a recession and the mass emigration of many of its young players. It accommodates all social strata in both urban and rural areas.